After 8 years of closure, Turrialba volcano park reopens
Details of the reopening of Turrialba Volcano National Park are still being worked out, but it’s only a matter of time!
Turrialba Volcano National Park’s treasures
Turrialba volcano has low mountain rainforests (1500-2500 m), mountain rainforests (2400-3000 m) and a peat bog at the summit (3000-3340 m). During the cold dawns of December to February, an ephemeral frost can form on the vegetation. 900 bird species and 20 mammal species have been identified. These include quetzals, woodpeckers, doves, red-tailed hawks, goldfinches, tanagers, chingolos (“corn-eating”) buntings, mountain yigüirros, hummingbirds and trcaronculate araponga. Mammals include coyotes, skunks, squirrels, rabbits, porcupines, opossums, two- and three-toed sloths, coatis, weasels and, if you’re very lucky, pumas.
Plant species include oak, dead pepper, jaul, sweet cedar, wrath, mountain orange blossom, deer antler, myrtle, candelillo, cypress, moss, lichen, bromeliads and old man’s beard (a type of moss, also known as “Spanish moss”). So put on your best hiking boots and get ready to hike the slopes of Turrialba volcano!