Welcome to Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo
Enter this under-explored national park and you'll have an idea of what Costa Rica looked like prior to the 1950s, when 75% of the country’s surface area was still covered by forest. Here, steep hills cloaked in impossibly tall trees are interrupted only by canyons and cascading rivers. It has extraordinary biodiversity due to the range of altitudes, from steamy 2906m cloud forest alongside Volcán Barva to lush, humid lowlands on the Caribbean slope. Its most incredible feature, however, is that the southernmost point of this massive park is only 30 minutes north of San José.