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National Park Pass

Heredia, Costa Rica
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National Park Pass

I´ve recently gone through the forum and just viewed a post indicating there is no such thing as a park pass.

Just wanted to let you know it now exists, check out www.amigosdelosparques.org or parkamigos.com and you´ll see what I´m talking about.

Good luck and enjoy your visit to this beatiful country.

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Looks like an interesting website, but I couldn't find anything there about a National Park Pass. Where is this information?

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If you scroll to the bottom, you click on "Become a Member." There's a 14-day tourist pass for $39 that appears to get you 3 admissions to the following parks:

Participating National Parks: Poás, Irazú, Guayabo, Palo Verde, Carara, Manuel Antonio, Corcovado (Sirena), Cahuita (Pto. Vargas), Tortuguero (Cuatro Esquinas), Arenal, Rincón de la Vieja, Santa Rosa (main entrance) Simply remember to show your card at the National Park entrance.

There are other passes available as well that are good for the whole year.

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Right--the thing is, standard national park entrance is $10/day, so with this offer you're paying $10 for the privilege of committing to three days' purchase whether you use 'em all or not. So, the only possible value I can see is if these serve as an unscheduled advance entrance reservation into Corcovado or the like. Do they?

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There are other discounts associated with the card - or so it seems. It's hard to navigate the website, but it looks like there are some hotel and tour discounts associated with membership. For example, you can get 25% off entrance to the Bat Jungle in Monteverde; you can get 30% off entrance to the Orchid Garden in Monteverde; or you can get a free bird watching tour at BDC. But, there doesn't seem to be that many participating businesses at this point.

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A $39 pass that gets you three admissions? How is that a good deal since the admission to most parks is $10? Am I missing something here?

Heredia, Costa Rica
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Well, If you´re a cost savvy traveller, it´s a very good deal, since it offers discounts at more than 200 business´ close to the parks.

Oh, and any profit generated by any park pass, is reinvested in the sustainability of the parks thru helping the park rangers in training and equipment and by improving our experience when visiting them.

Pretty interesting way of generating funds and receiving great benefits. If you work it out well, it will surely pay for itself.

San Jose, Costa Rica
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Some really serious people backing up the program...good for the visitors I do not think so...but is good for the park system , which at the end is good for us costaricans!

A lot better than buying the idea ...to book with some Tour Operators that promise to give or donate part of the profit to noble causes like protecting Wild Life...the funny part of this...hard to immposible to find out if they are giving a penny to any Govermment Agency!... but they get some nice fat bookings...that is not very nice!

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If the hotel discounts are legit, the pass seems to be well worth the $39. 15% off at Lapa Rios? That's big $$$.

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So basically people are buying a set of hotel discounts...?

Agree with you...if anybody is looking to get a nice discount in a great place like Lapa Rios...that is a great deal!

The corporations behind the program are legit, at least FUNDECO is...not like dealing with a dreamer offering hotel discounts for his or her own benefit and using poor animals as a marketing tool...most of this people laugh all the way to the bank!

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Edited: 07 September 2011, 21:58
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