The National System of Conservation Areas (Sinac, derived from its name in Spanish) is working to make Costa Rica’s national parks more accessible for everyone who would like to enjoy the beautiful nature of the country.
The project identified a variety of locations where visitors were able to witness the diversity of the country’s ecosystems. These locations included Poas, Irazu, Carara, Santa Rosa, Manuel Antonio, and Guayabo National Monument.
Sinac began this project in 2002 and has since built a Universal path with full accessibility in Carara National Park. Two years after the trails conversion in Carara National Park visiting increased and there are around 3000 visitors with disabilities coming every year. However the biggest challlenge was not to design it or make it, but to maintain it. Its cleansing not to allow algae and fungi depends on dozens of volunteers cleaning it every month, but in case of a branch falling on the pathways, thisng might change and the road gets financially steep.
As this initiative grows, Sinac will continue to bring the opportunity of enjoying nature to all visitors.
Source: La Nacion