14/31.- National Park of Manuel Antonio, tree
In the picture you can see one of the tallest trees I saw during my visit to the park.
The area of Manuel Antonio was declared a National park in November 1972. The beaches had been of public use, but the land was in private hands. The last owner was a Frenchman who had plans to develop the area into a tourist facility. When locals heard of his plans, there were big protests. The government expropriated the land to protect its unique flora and fauna.
Nowadays the Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the top tourist destinations in Costa Rica, with more than 150,000 visitors annually.
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