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Steve Friedman Wildlife Refuge Costa Rica: created on April 30th, 1997, to protect forested areas and part of the moors in the high elevations of the Talamanca Mountain region. The park is located just between the Los Santos Forest Reserve (now Los Quetzales National Park) and Tapanti National Park in Cartago province, near the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.
Because of its location in the area of Los Santos its biodiversity is very similar that the one you can find in Cerro Las Vueltas Biological Reserve and Los Quetzales National Park (Former Los Santos Forest Reserve). It has tropical wet forest, transition to montane, rainy montane and lower rainy montane, with a very wealthy flora and fauna, where oaks and cypress are abundant and bird watching is the greatest attraction.
Other nearby Costa Rica National Parks includes the Cerro Las Vueltas Biological Reserve and Los Quetzales National Park (Former Los Santos Forest Reserve), Tapanti National Park and Chirripo National Park. There are no public park facilities at this wildlife refuge.
Getting to Steve Friedman National Wildlife Refuge:
From San José take the road to Cartago and take the exit for the Cerro de la Muerte, on the Interamerican Highway, until you reach kilometer 60 or so.
Take a bus from the route San Jose – San Isidro de El General – Perez Zeledon which takes about 2 hours, making the stop at Macho Gaf Restaurant (MUSOC, +506 2222-2422 / TRACOPA, +506 2222-26-66). From here you can take taxi to Steve Friedman Wildlife Refuge.
Location: in Cerro de la Muerte, between Los Quetzales and Tapanti National Parks, district: San Isidro, canton: El Guarco, province: Cartago, Costa Rica. Zone postal code: 30802.
Santa Maria de Dota GPS coordinates: 9.653131,-83.969856 (9°39’11.27″N, 83°58’11.48″W)
Size: 19 ha (47 acres)
Altitude: from 2000 up to 3000 meters.
Pacific La Amistad Conservation Area (ACLA-P) Telephoe: +506 2771-4836 / +506 2771-3155
INFOTUR Tourist Information: 1192