Due to its enormous size and varied altitude, Braulio Carrillo has one of the highest levels of biodiversity in Costa Rica, with over 530 species of birds, including the rare quetzal (mostly seen at higher elevations), toucans, trogons and eagles, and some 135 species of mammals, such as collared peccary, paca, jaguar and ocelot. The park, particularly the Barva area, is one of the few places in the country where the bushmaster (matabuey), Central America’s largest venomous snake, makes its home, along with the equally poisonous fer-de-lance (terciopelo).

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