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The Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves in Costa Rica are a truly unique site in Central America. The area was carved by Quaternary glacier, bringing together the animals and plants of North and South America into close proximity, resulting in interbreeding.

The Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves are a densely forested area and home to four different tribes of American Indians. The property was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 7th session of the World Heritage Committee in Florence, Italy, from 5 to 9 December, 1983.

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Tapantí National Park, La Amistad Conservation Area, Costa Rica
Tapantí National Park, La Amistad Conservation Area, Costa Rica
Author: Bernalj90 (public domain)

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N9 24 25.5 W82 56 19.7
Inscription Year: 1983
Type of Site: Natural
Inscription Criteria: VII, VIII, IX, X

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Visiting Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves

The Talamanca Reserve is located in San Gerardo de Rivas, Pérez Zeledón, about 17 kilometers from San Isidro de El General, 135 km to the south of the capital, San José. There are daily buses by Musoc or Tracopa. Taxis from San Isidro to San Gerardo costs $30.

For accommodation at Talamanca Reserve, call 011 (506) 2742-5080 or 011 (506) 2742-5081.

To reach La Amistad Ecolodge and Rainforest Reserve, drive down the Pan-American Highway South or the Coastal Highway until the town of Paso Real. From there, head towards San Vito de Coto Brus. Then take the road northeast to Sabalito. From there, head north towards Las Mellizas, passing through the villages of La Union, Río Negro, La Lucha and Tigra. Before reaching Las Mellizas, turn left to La Amistad Lodge. You will take roughly 45 minutes to travel from San Vito.


Check out Talamanca Reserve at www.talamancareserve.com and La Amistad Project at www.laamistad.com

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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