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Tapanti National Park, Macizo Cerro La Muerte

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Tapanti National Park Trails

Area   144,058 acres

  Cartago Province

Max. Elevation



up to 280 inches annually

Date of Creation   1 February 1982

Trail at Tapanti National Park

Park Attractions

The Tapanti National Park, Macizo Cerro La Muerte protects forested areas in the northern Talamanca Mountain region, north of Chirripo National Park. The park is traversed by the Rio Grande de Orosi, with many other rivers and creeks joining the main river.

Oropendula Nests at Tapanti National Park

The upper Orosi River Valley watershed is one of the rainiest areas of Costa Rica, receiving up to 280 inches of rain annually. It eventually drains into Lake Cachi, the site of the Cachi Dam and Angostura hydroelectric project.

Quetzal Tapanti National Park Birdwatching

Driving Directions

To reach Tapanti National Park, take the road southeast out of Cartago toward Paraiso, then continue to follow the signs to Orosi. Continue through town and keep on the main road all the way until it ends at the park.

The Biological Station near Tapanti National Park can be reached by continuing through Cartago on the Interamerican Highway. Shortly after you pass the turnoff to Copey de Dota, the road to the Station will be on your left.

Waterfalls at Tapanti National Park

Park Facilities and Hours

The Pittier Ranger Station at Tapanti is open for visitor attention from 5am to 5pm. Hiking trails lead to scenic overlooks and picnic areas.

Oropendula Trail and Pantanoso Trail lead to a swimming area with picnic tables and grills. La Pava Trail takes you to the Salto and Palmitas Waterfalls.  Arboles Caidos Trail is a heavily forested nature hike.

Tapanti National Park Map

The La Esperanza de El Guarco Biological Station, operated by InBio is in Tapanti National Park. It has lodging for up to 15 people, with water, restrooms, showers and electricity.

Tapanti near Cachi

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