RESERVE

Paraiso del Bosque is a privately owned nature reserve, preserving more than 92 hectares of a premontane rainforest and several freshwater streams in the Caribbean region of Costa Rica, at the foothills of the forested northern slope of the Volcano Turrialba.

Paraiso del Bosque Reserve is situated in the transition zone from the Central Volcanic Cordillera towards Caribbean Lowlands, in the Tortuguero Conservation Area (ACTo) of the country.

The property belongs to a forested area which starts at the south of the town of Guapiles and rises up the northern slope of the Volcano Turrialba.  It serves as a compact entrance to this forested slope. The elevation ranges from 590m (at the entrance) till 730 after 1,5km (at the upper border), rising further in the territory of Guacimo and Pococi Watershed Protection Zone towards the volcano, which is visible from the lodge.

Between the Reserve and the volcano lies one of the largest historical lava fields in the Central America. Some of this lava ‘tongue’, in a form of an escarpment, is located at the upper part  of the Reserve, forming a “water wall”,  a start of many streams. The upper part of this escarpment, comprising at least 1/5 of the reserve, has a rocky terrain with dense vegetation and has been visited minimally.

Paraiso del Bosque Reserve teritorially belongs to a large zone of protected areas in the North-Eastern part of Costa Rica. Most of the Reserve is situated in the Guacimo and Pococi Watershed Protection Zone, which has a total area of 427thousand hectares and which connects to the Central Volcanic Cordillera Forest Reserve – Braulio Carrillo National Park – La Selva Biological Station.

The key feature of the Paraiso del Bosque Reserve is it’s more than 20 streams and springs, most of which originate in it’s territory. Rio Molino, Rio Cristina and Rio Suerre provide valuable clean water for the areas downhill, in the surroundings of Guapiles.  The stream-related flora and fauna has to be described. The same refers to hydrology, forest cover and wildlife species of this forested slope.

There is no dry season in Paraiso del Bosque. This is one of the wettest areas of Costa Rica. In this climate epiphytes flourish. Around 200 species of orchids can be seen close to the lodge. A database with photos and flowering calendar is available for these orchids.

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Located on the fully forested slope of the volcano Turrialba, with elevation around 600m, the Reserve hosts a variety of birds. A good place for birdwatching while assisting in our efforts to complete the list of birds.  A potential to explore altitudinal migration. Below us, a forested corridor continues along three streams, entering wet grassland areas.

This is home to spider monkeys, howler monkeys and white capuchins. Ocelots, pumas, and, most probably, several other wild cat species, live here.

A 2 km easy-to-walk forest trail forms a loop in the central part of the Reserve. The property has 7 hectares of a relatively open area with a gavilan forest (Pentaclethra), bamboos, buildings and a 1ha scenic artificial lake that provides hydropower for our local consumption.

There is a productive 1ha cacao orchard between the rainforest and the lake. This area is suitable for recreation and education needs.

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Here you can check live view of the Volcano Turrialba, provided by an on-site camera of the national institute OVSICORI. Both OVSICORI and RSN Costa Rica provide status reports of the volcano. One RSN seismic station is located at the Reserve.

The forest of the Paraiso del Bosque Reserve is fully protected since 2005. In 2013 and  2014 Paraiso del Bosque Reserve has been a member of the Network of the Private Nature Reserves of Costa Rica and the Organization of Biological Field Stations.

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The property meets the criteria of the FONAFIFO PSA program, modality “Protection of forest and hydrological resources” and since 2009 receives payments for the ecosystem services, provided by the forest.