The National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) of the Minister of Environment and Energy and the Guanacaste Conservation Area have closed the access to several national parks as a preventive measure due to the bad weather conditions the country is currently experimenting.
The Santa Rosa National Park, the Rincón de la Vieja National Park, the Barra Honda National Park and Bahia Junquillal Wildlife Refuge are the four parks currently closed to the public in the area of Guanacaste, however, it is possible that more parks are added to this list if necessary.
“According to the report by the National Meteorological Institute, it is estimated that during the next hours tropical depression sixteen will likely strengthen and reach a tropical storm category, this is causing the instability and strong rainfall along with isolated electric storms and winds ranging from mild to strong in different areas of the country.
The rains will be affecting practically the entire country with a peak this Wednesday evening and extending through Friday and Saturday.
The Guanacaste Conservation Area strives to offer an efficient service without putting at risk the safety of the users that visit our tourist sites, which is why we have made the decision of closing these National Parks as of today (Wednesday) and through Friday, October 6th inclusively”, explains the press release.
Corcovado National Park and Isla del Caño Biological Reserve in the South Pacific will also remain closed this Thursday and Friday.
Manuel Antonio National Park, Punta Mala Wildlife Refuge and Isla San Lucas Wildlife Refuge confirmed later this Wednesday that they will remain closed until at least Friday.
Access roads to some of the parks are already experiencing partial or total closures due to mudslides.
“The measure is taken for the safety and security of the tourists and our workers”, expressed Mario Coto, director of SINAC.
Some flights at the Juan Santamaría Airport had also been rerouted or delayed since landing was not safe under current weather conditions.