Turu Ba Ri Tropical Park (means “Bright Moon River” in the Huetar dialect) is a theme park aimed at adventure, ecological tourism and costarican traditions. It opened on April 15th, 2003 and currently covers 538 acres of land, of which, 247 acres consist of the tropical garden. Beautiful scenary surrounds it. The park is borded by Grande de Tarcoles river on the northeast, Turrubares hills and Carara National Park to the southeast.
Turu Ba Ri´s pristine setting is the perfect place for visitors to learn about Costa Rica´s natural history, discover our ancestor´s lifestyle, have a true adventure experience or just enjoy some remarkable scenary.
For more than 15 years, this property was used to raise dual – purpose cattle (mainly for meat) and for agriculture (mangos, papaya, oranges, sugar cane and corn). In 1997, a decision was made to change this focus and instead develop a sustainable tourism project wich would help preserve our planet and bring socioeconomic benefits to low-income community.
The project began with a masive reforestation effort that included planting over 45,000 trees, generating flowers and fruits that attracted birds, pollonators and many others animals. It´s worth mentioning during the reforestation process, the species of trees found here, were not introduced into the forest. Rather, they were reincorporatedinto their natural habitat by selecting species that lived in the two patches of existing forestin the park. This, together with various botanical collections and the huge amount of ornamental plants spread out throughout the grounds; give a grand total of more than 70,000 plants that today comprise Turu Ba Ri Tropical Park.