The Braulio Carrillo National Park in Costa Rica was created to help preserve the abundant fauna and flora that is along the Gusapiles Highway. This park was formed in 1978 due mostly to the highway which has made it much more accessible. This allows travelers to experience the most incredible scenery in the entire country. There are also beautiful and eco-friendly furnished apartment buildings and chic hotels along the highway.

Barva Volcano is the highest peak in the park, reaching at about 9500 ft. The Barva volcano is inactive. There are many peaks throughout the park that are popular destinations and make for astoundingly beautiful scenery and a serious test of endurance. Some of them include Cacho Negro, Cerro Chompipe, and Cerro Turu. Visitors mustn’t miss the San Fernando Waterfall.

Comprised of untouched forest and 5 different life zones, Braulio Carrillo is home to over 6000 species of flora. You can experience them from your rental apartment. Hiking through the miles of trails at different elevations will make it so that you can take in the unique habitats. Keep an eye out for toucans, eagles and quetzals. There are over 500 bird species around the park. About 135 types of mammals can be found inside the park such as jaguars (which are becoming extinct), peccaries, deer, coati, and raccoons. Even the Matabuey which is the largest venomous snake in the world can be found here. There are 2 entrances at the park that charge a $7 entrance fee. The best way is through the ranger station.