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The National Institute of Biodiversity (INBio Research center) is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization dedicated to studying and conserving biodiversity in Costa Rica.

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INBioparque
Home of Costa Rica’s Biodiversity.
Biodiversity: All living things in our planet

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An Exciting & Enlightening One Day Tour at INBioparque
Duration: approximately 5 hours

One Day Tour at INBioparque includes:

  • Round trip transportation, available from most hotels in the Metropolitan Area.
  • Entrance to INBioparque.
  • Introductory video about Costa Rica’s Biodiversity and its conservation efforts.
  • Visit to the Biological Station.
  • Guided walking tour through representations of Costa Rica’s main Ecosystems: Rainforest, Pre-Mountainous Forest, Wetlands and Dry Forest.
  • A Magical and Natural World that includes: Butterfly Gardens, Frogs, Sloths, Tarantulas, Caimans, Exhibit Halls, Turtles, Deer, Iguanas, Medicinal & Herbal Gardens, Biological Station, Barnyard Animals, Snakes, Birds, Bromeliads, Introductory Video about Biodiversity, Heliconias, Aquarium, Maze, Farm, Vegetable Garden, Souvenir Store, Coffee Shop, Lagoon, AMONG MANY OTHER.
  • Interactive presentation about Costa Rica’s National Parks and Protected Areas.
  • Delicious Costa Rican Lunch at Heliconias Restaurant.
  • AND MUCH MORE.

INBioparque is located just 20 minutes from Downtown San Jose.

Open:
From Tuesday to Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., last admission at 03:00 p.m.
Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., last admission at 4:00 p.m.

What to bring: walking shoes, comfortable clothes, binoculars, rain gear, camera and hat.

Every dollar you spend at INBioparque contributes with biodiversity conservation, educational programs and sustainability efforts.

 

INBIOPARQUE

INBioparque is an essential part of the National Institute of Biodiversity (INBio), a non-profit, scientific association located just 20 minutes from Downtown San Jose.

Inaugurated in 2000, INBioparque offers a unique and interactive experience with nature through its ecological park; aimed at bringing families, students and visitors into closer contact with Costa Rica’s natural resources in order to create greater awareness and appreciation of the value of biodiversity.

WHAT IS BIODIVERSITY?

All living things in our planet.

The Earth is inhabited by a rich and varied array of living organisms, whose species, the genetic diversity of individuals and the ecosystems that they inhabit constitute what is known as biodiversity.

"Ecosystems are communities of interacting organisms and the physical environment in which they live. Ecosystems are not just assemblages of species- they are combined systems of organic and inorganic matter and natural forces that interact and change. Ecosystems are intricately woven together by food chains and nutrient cycles; they are living sums greater than their parts. Their complexity and dynamism contribute to their productivity, but make them challenging to manage." 2

Human beings are among the millions of species that live on the planet, and as such interact in very different ways with the rest of the species and with the ecosystems. Human survival and that of all other living beings depends on these relationships.

WHAT IS INBIO?

The National Biodiversity Institute (INBio) of Costa Rica is a private research and biodiversity management center, established in 1989 to support efforts to gather knowledge on the country’s biological diversity and promote its sustainable use. The institute works under the premise that the best way to conserve biodiversity is to study it, value it, and utilizes the opportunities it offers to improve the quality of life of human beings.

INBio is a non-governmental, non-profit, public interest organization of civil society that works in close collaboration with different government institutions, universities, the private sector and other public and private organizations, both within and outside Costa Rica.

INBio’s work focuses on the following areas of action:

  • Inventory and Monitoring: This area generates information on the diversity of species and ecosystems found in the country. At present, INBio has a collection of more than 3 million specimens of arthropods, plants, fungi and mollusks, each one duly identified and catalogued. It also generates information on the country’s different ecosystems.
  • Conservation: This area of work utilizes the information generated and administered by INBio in decision-making processes related to the protection and sustainable use of biodiversity, both by the public and the private sectors. INBio works closely with the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC), considering it a strategic partner in the conservation of the country’s protected areas.

 

  • Communications and education: INBio shares information and knowledge of biodiversity with different segments of the public, with the aim of creating greater awareness of the value of biodiversity. Much of this effort is carried out through INBioparque, a theme park inaugurated in the year 2000, with the aim of bringing families and visitors into closer contact with Costa Rica’s natural resources. In addition, using other modalities, INBio seeks to strengthen the environmental aspects of the actions and decisions of the Costa Rican people.
  • Biodiversity informatics: This area of work develops and applies computer tools to support the processes of generation, administration, analysis and dissemination of information on biodiversity. The information on each specimen in the biodiversity inventory is entered into a database called Atta, which the public may access through www.inbio.ac.cr

 

  • Bio-prospecting: This initiative seeks sustainable uses and the commercial application of biodiversity resources. INBio has been a pioneer institution in establishing research agreements to study chemical substances, genes, etc., present in plants, insects, marine organisms and microorganisms, which may be utilized by the pharmaceutical, medical, biotechnology, cosmetics, food and agricultural industries.

Although INBio is a national initiative in terms of its sphere of action, it has also become part of an international effort aimed at integrating conservation and development. The application of scientific knowledge on biodiversity to economic activities such as ecotourism, medicine and agriculture, or the development of mechanisms for the charging and payment of environmental services, exemplify this integration effort and form part of the activities that attract the attention of the international community.

 

Discover INBioparque
Costa Rica’s Gateway to Biological Diversity and National Parks.

A unique and interactive experience with nature through its ecological park; aimed at bringing families, students and visitors into closer contact with Costa Rica’s natural resources in order to create greater awareness and appreciation of the value of biodiversity (all living things in our planet).

Our two-hour tour, in the company of one of our naturalist guides, begins with an introductory video about Costa Rica’s biodiversity and its conservation efforts, visit some of our exhibition halls, continue along some unique trails with representations of Costa Rica’s main Ecosystems: Rainforest, Pre-Mountainous Forest, Wetlands and Dry Forest. A stop must be made at the Biological Station, you will understand why. Continue through this magical and natural world and look for: Butterfly Gardens, Frogs, Orchids, Sloths, Tarantulas, Caimans, Turtles, Deer, Iguanas, Medicinal & Herbal Gardens, Barnyard Animals, Snakes, Birds, Bromeliads, Heliconias, Aquarium, Maze, Farm, Vegetable Garden, Lagoon, among many others. Finish your learning experience with an interactive presentation about Costa Rica’s National Parks and Protected Areas, which tells you where some of the most beautiful places in our country are located and describes their characteristics.

Discover it all at INBioparque…All Nature:

• Turtles • Butterfly Garden • Orchids • Sloths • Heliconias • Poisonous Dart Frogs • Biological Station • Introductory Video about Biodiversity • Waterfall • Birds • Exhibit Halls • Bromeliads • Look Out Point • Deer • Coffee Shop • Light & Sound Presentation about Costa Rica’s National Parks and Protected Areas • Farm • Tarantulas • Souvenir & Gift Store • Vegetable Garden • Iguanas • Trails with representations of Rain Forest, Pre-Mountainous Forest, Wetlands and Dry Forest • Toads • Wading Birds • Tourist & Information Center • Aquarium • Naturalist Guides • Serpentarium • Conference Rooms • Playground • Lagoon • Caimans • Barn Yard Animals • Restaurant • Maze • Amphitheater • Herbs & Medicinal Garden • Spiders • Parking • AND MUCH MORE!!!

Guided Tours: Tuesday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with prior reservation.

--Description used with the permission of and at the request of INBioparque
 


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