Las Nubes Rainforest

Las Nubes RainforestThe Las Nubes Rainforest Preserve is a 145 hectare (360 acre) parcel of land that is immediately across the river, the Rio Penas Blancas, from Vistas de Chirripo Country Estates. This land was donated toYork University of Toronto, Canada in 1998 by Dr. Woody Fisher for conservation and research, and it is administered by the Faculty of Environmental Studies of York University. It is now a designated conservation area, through an agreement between York University and the Tropical Science Centre based in San Jose, Costa Rica. The Las Nubes project supports research in areas such as tropical deforestation, sustainable development, and biodiversity within Las Nubes and its surrounding regions.  Access to the preserve is restricted to researchers and students, with no development within the preserve itself. York University has, however, built an eco-campus on property it purchased within the  Vistas de Chirripo development, at the upper end of Phase 1, directly across the river from the Las Nubes preserve. The new eco-campus serves as a venue for seminars and lectures by experts in the field of sustainability and conservation and also accepts environmental students in its Semester Abroad program.  Studies and research take place at the eco-campus, with the students being primarily lodged in homestays in the local communities.  Environmental research and study is a most welcome addition to the Vistas de Chirripo community.  More information on York's eco-campus and the Las Nubes project can be found on York's environmental studies web-site at  

The Tropical Science Centre now protects Los Cusingos Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, founded by Dr. Alexander Skutch, which is located downstream from Vistas de Chirripo Country Estates on the Rio Penas Blancas. The Alexander Skutch Biological Corridor is to connect the Bird Sanctuary in the lowlands with Las Nubes and with the highlands of Chirripo National Park and La Amistad International Park.  Local residents have begun to offer tourism opportunities in the Albert Skutch Biological Corridor with a focus on promoting understanding and presevation of the corridor.

Las Nubes RainforestMost of the building sites in Vistas de Chirripo Country Estates have views of the rainforest of Las Nubes on the mountain sides rising up from the valley across the river, a beautiful and permanent picture.

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