Bosque de Paz Biological Reserve is a private reserve located on the Caribbean flank of the Central Volcanic Mountain Range of Costa Rica, between two large National Parks (Poás Volcano and Juan Castro Blanco). Since its creation, it has played a vital role as a biological corridor in its 500 ha., which is an important complement to actions, both public and private, to conserve the country’s natural resources.
The González-Sotela family, from Costa Rica, acquired the property in the mid-1980s, dedicating themselves for more than 30 years to the reforestation of old pastures with species of trees and shrubs from the area, and the conservation of existing primary and secondary forests. This property is an important center of biodiversity in Central America, both for animals and plants. For example, within the Reserve people can observe ca. 200 of the 923 species of birds documented for Costa Rica, which is why it is considered a hotspot for bird watching. In addition, orchids are very diverse plants and with a wide representation of their diversity in the Reserve, so much so that in 2004 an orchid garden was created to initiate an inventory of the species of this family of plants.