Santa Rosa Plateau with the Orosí and Cacao volcanes in the background




The Area de Conservación Guanacaste is a set of protected areas that are located in the extreme northwest of the province of Guanacaste. It is made up of 120,000 hectares in terrestrial land and 70,000 hectares of marine environment.

The sum of these areas constitutes the large diversity of ecosystems, in which are found representatives of the rain forest of the Caribbean, with an annual precipitation averaging more than 3,000 mm; to the driest and oldest zones of Costa Rica, which are represented mainly by the Santa Elena Peninsula, which is more than 80 million years old and has an annual rainfall of 900 mm. Besides these, we can also find cloud forest of low altitude in Costa Rica (1,500 m above sea level); dry forest in various stages of regeneration, mangroves and a rich and diverse coastal and marine environment. There are also historic and cultural items of national importance, such as the Museo Histórico La Casona de Santa Rosa (Historical Museum of the Casona de Santa Rosa), and archeological sites of great importance, such as the Petróglifos en el Sitio Pedregal (Petroglyphs in Pedregal) in the lowland of the Orosi Volcano.

The mission of the Area de Conservación Guanacaste, is to conserve the biodiversity of the ecosystems and the cultural heritage present in the ACG, as a model of development which integrates society in the management of the Area.

The planned objectives of this mission are:


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