The sanitary restriction in the Manuel Antonio National Park was lifted and the visitation to the park is allowed to 2,700 people a day.
The shared efforts of public institutions, private companies, and the community efforts lead to the lifting of the sanitary restriction in the Manuel Antonio National Park, and with this, the visitation to this park, the most popular in Costa Rica, was reactivated, for a maximum allowed of 2,700 people a day.
“The Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) managed to make improvements to the wastewater systems in Playa 3, which was key to recover the number of visitors” commented Pamela Castillo, vice-minister of Environment.
With the assistance of the Costa Rican Tourism Board and the National System of Areas of Conservation (SINAC), 10 portable toilets were added and 10 new staff members for the attention of tourists that visit the part.
“Thanks to all these changes, and following technical criteria, the park can receive 2,700 visitors a day”, continued Castillo.
The sanitary restriction in the Manuel Antonio National Park was to accept only 1,300 visitors a day for several months due to the problem with the sewage and wastewater systems.
According to Carlos Venegas, regional director of the Ministry of Health, the problem continues in part because there are areas were the water-table (underground water) is very high, which saturates the ground and complicates the proper flow of water to the tanks.
In addition to this, the number of visitors this park receives increases every year, currently, this number is of over 400,000 tourists a year.