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The canton of Puriscal covers an area of 553.66 km², the Río Chucás delineates the canton's northernmost boundary, while the Río Chires marks its far southern border, with the canton of Parrita in Puntarenas Province. Puriscal includes a major portion of the Coastal Mountain Range.

This beautiful and picturesque city is preceded by an impressive church. The capital city is located in the province of San José and is located just 12 miles west of Ciudad Colón. While this rural town is primarily a holiday destination for the Ticos, the area is also becoming increasingly popular among foreign travelers. However, while most locals spend their vacations in the area, foreigners often visit the area as a day trip during their longer vacations to larger destinations.

The type of forest is low montane. The flora species are 1,000, of which 44 are endemic, the most characteristic being the cocobolo, rum, nazarene, garlic, pochote, savanna oak, botarrrama, hookah, caobilla, bitter cedar, Cristobal, ash, espavel, fruit gilthead, guachipelín, black wood and mastate.

As for the fauna, due to the weather there are various types of birds and mammals, such as red barnacles, yigüirros, and orioles in winter, and mammals such as pizotes, tepezcuintles.

Located in the southeast of the canton of Puriscal, in the districts of Mercedes Sur and Chires. La Cangreja Park is located near the town of Mastatal, 45 km., South of Santiago de Puriscal.

Despite its relatively small size, La Cangreja is a refuge for migratory birds and has a richer flora than that of Corcovado National Park. It is the only place in the world where there is the Plinia puriscalensis tree, which gives the fruit stuck to the trunk, and occurs in the surroundings of the rivers and mountains of the La Cangreja National Park, located in the district of Chires. Plinia puriscalensis bears fruit on the trunk (similar to the fruit of cocoa). This fruit has a round shape and a taste similar to guava. It also protects the last redoubt of Puriscal forest.


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