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National System of Conservation Areas

Costa Rica expands Braulio Carrillo National Park 

At 47,588 hectares, Braulio Carrillo is the largest national park in Central Costa Rica and home to 6,000 different plant species, more than 500 migratory and endemic bird species, and other fauna.

Suspected poaching ring leader arrested, accused of killing tapir

The suspect was found with a .22-caliber rifle, a machete and a dog that reportedly was used for hunting. He was arrested for carrying a weapon illegally. Three others with him fled.

Ziplining, bungee jumping in Costa Rica should not be taxed, court rules

Tourism sector leaders are asking President Luis Guillermo Solís to refrain from filing an appeal against the court's ruling.

Another U.S. tourist dies hiking trail in Costa Rica

Paul Thomas Walter, 62, died of a heart attack on March 13 while hiking near Arenal Volcano. He was one of two U.S. hikers to die on trails in Costa Rica that day.

US citizen dies on Chirripó Peak trail

A U.S. man, Michael Lee Kathrein, 62, died Friday on the main trail in Costa Rica's Chirripó National Park.

Tourism sector blasts decree charging sales tax to national park entrance fees

Tourism business owners on Wednesday voiced total opposition to a new Environment Ministry (MINAE) decree extending the collection of a 15 percent sales tax to several activities that were previously exempt.

Costa Rica sets higher park entrance fees in bid for more revenue for protected areas

The National System of Conservation Areas on April 30 published an updated list of entrance fees to the country’s protected areas. A decree authorizing new fees will take effect on Aug. 1.

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