The National Parks of Costa Rica
|PIEDRAS BLANCAS NATIONAL PARK
Destination content © Christopher P. Baker, used from Moon Handbooks Costa Rica, 5th edition.
A cooperative was formed to provide income for 25 families whose members are employed at Esquinas Rainforest Lodge and on fruit farms and a botanical garden. In time, the cooperative will become owner of the lodge. Plans are to create a "megapark" linking Esquinas to Corcovado National Park and Golfito National Wildlife Refuge. Trails offer hikes from 30 minutes to five hours. A guide is strongly recommended.
The "Rainforest of the Austrians" also operates La Gamba Biological Station in conjunction with the University of Vienna through a grant of the Austrian government. The station, on land adjoining the Esquinas Rainforest Lodge, is open to any student or biologist wishing to study there.
The turnoff from the Pan-Am Hwy. is at La Gamba. You can also get there via a road that leads north from Golfito.
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