The National Park La Cangreja
Valle central, Puriscal
Area de Conservacion Pacifico Central
The National Park La Cangreja, with an extension of 2,520 hectares in the western Central Valley, was declared a National Park on 06/05/2002, making it one of the youngest NP Costa Rica. The park is located in the region Puriscal, and forms one of the main areas of tropical moist forests, in a very biologically diverse area.
Here some endemic plant species are protected, the forest shows a typical transition forest between tropical rainforest and dry forest. Numerous rivers, streams, and waterfalls are located in the very attractive jungle area.
Particularly noteworthy is the Rio Negro is the Quebrada Grande, beautiful jungle rivers that open up possibilities for swimming. The eponymous "Cerro La Cangreja" is an acute thimble sparsely vegetated rock that can also be climbed by athletic visitors.
Endemic species: Plinia puriscalensis, and ayenia mastatalensis. Rare species: Cebus cappucinus (Capuchin), tinamous major (a strange type of duck), Dendrobates auratus (Gold Woodcreeper, a black-green, poisonous toad, poison dart frog), Agalychnis callidryas (red-eyed frog) and the endangered red macaw (lapa roja ). The NP Cangreja represents a very important approaching path for the lapa roja.
Its strange name "Cangreja" (in english Crab), comes from a 1305 m high rock that resembles a crab, when seen from the air. The valleys on the sides can be confused with the legs.
In addition, the Indians tell in their legends, that it has reigned here a long time ago a huge crab, and has blocked the access to the sea to the inhabitants of the forests. This condition lasted long time, until a warrior cut off a leg of the Crab in a battle. The injured Crab, in its anger, turned itself into a stone.
Province of San Jose, Cantón: Puriscal, Distritos: Mercedes Sur and Chires
Climate: tropical forest with rainy season from May to November, and dry season from December to March. The annual rainfall varies from 2000 to 4200 mm.
The National Park La Cangreja is ideal for tours and excursions on your own, if you are traveling by car.
You can start well the day trip from the Central Valley (from Santa Ana you drive about 1 hour to it), or set it on the road in the central Pacific. We are happy to give you more advice and information.