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Guanacaste Conservation Area, Costa Rica
Guanacaste Conservation Area, Costa Rica
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The Area de Conservación Guanacaste is a conservation area in Costa Rica. This forested land is rich in biological diversity. It is one of the best examples of a dry forest habitat between Central America and Mexico.

The Guanacaste Conservation Area was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 23rd session of the World Heritage Committee which met in Marrakesh, Morocco, from 29 November to 4 December, 1999.

In 2004, the area of conservation was expanded to cover an additional 15,000 hectares of a private property known as St. Elena.

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Capuchin monkey in the jungles of Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Capuchin monkey in the jungles of Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Author: David M. Jensen (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported)

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N10 51 W85 37 in Guanacaste and Alajuela provinces of Costa Rica
Inscription Year: 1999, with extension in 2004
Type of Site: Natural
Inscription Criteria: IX, X

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Visiting Area de Conservación Guanacaste

Fly to the airport at Liberia in Guanacaste. You can contact the Guanacaste National Park at 666-5051, 661-8150 and fax 6.66-5020. Entrance fee is $6. The national park is open from 8:00 am to 5:00, although strictly speaking, access to the park is not controlled. Activities include bird watching, hiking, climbing and horseback riding.


Local Tours of Costa Rica

There are times when joining a local tour saves you time and money, not to mention, is the only safe option. Here are some local tours of Costa Rica that you may wish to add to your itinerary. These tours are arranged by Viator, one of the most reputable tour agencies in the market.

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