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Hitoy Cerere Biological Reserve
Area   24,577 acres

  Talamanca, Limon Province

Date of Creation   27 April 1978

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Park Attractions

The Hitoy Cerere Biological Reserve protects the foothills of the Talamanca Mountain Range in the Caribbean Brunca region. The primary river basins are the Rio Hitoy and the Rio Cerere.

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There is a great abundance of mammalian fauna here, including jaguars, peccaries, white-faced monkeys, howler monkeys, tapirs, anteaters, sloths, armadillos, pacas, deer, and agoutis. In addition, there are over 300 species of birds. But be prepared to work for it; the trails here are poorly maintained and the uphills are arduous.

If you're an intrepid trekker and know how to take care of yourself in the jungle, this is an outstanding opportunity to experience uncharted territory filled with pristine waterfalls, lush vegetation and hundreds of species of animals that haven't even been recorded by biologists yet.

Driving Directions

From San Jose, take the main highway to Limon, then south through the town of  Cahuita.

40 miles southwest of Limón, and about an hour and a half from Cahuita, this biological reserve is one of the most remote territories in the eastern portion of the country. In fact, there are several unexplored portions along the upper Talamanca Mountains.

Park Facilities and Hours

Undeveloped and virtually unexplored, the Hitoy Cerere is only for most adventurous and fit hikers. There is a ranger station at the entrance, but no other facilities exist. 

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