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Water fall in the cloud forest, La Amistad International Park, Chiriqui province
SOURCE: Photo by Alfredo Maiquez, courtesy of Authority of Tourism Panama (all rights reserved), used with permission.
La Amistad International Park (Spanish: Parque Internacional La Amistad) is the protected area in the foothills and mountains of the Cordillera de Talamanca on the Panamanian/Costa Rican border, in Bocas del Toro and Chiriqui provinces, adjacent to the biosphere -- and UNESCO World Heritage Site -- of La Amistad, Costa Rica.
At least since the last glacification, 25,000 years ago, tropical rain forests have covered most of the area, in an assemblage of lowland tropical wet rainforest to cloud and sub-alpine paramo forests.
Studies indicate that one of 115 species of fish, 20 of the species of reptile and amphibian, 13 of the 215 species of mamal and 15 to 30 of the 600 secies of birds are endemic to the region of the Cordillera de Talamanca. The area is one of the last refuges in Western Panama of major species, such as all the Central American felines, including puma, jaguarundi, tiger cat, jaguar and others.
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