Aguacaliente Wildlife Sanctuary
The Aguacaliente Wildlife Sanctuary (AWS) National Park is situated amidst rolling hills on the east end, steep karsts hills on the south and central wetland areas. The area covers approximately 5,468 acres of land and water.
It was declared in 1998. Its conservation focus is the protection of the central wetland areas, which consist of three fresh water lagoons and a hot spring connected by several streams boding in and out of the lagoons. The lagoons and forested areas are homes to a wide variety of birds, mammals, orchids, butterflies and insects. The protected area is co-managed by the Aguacaliente Management Team (AMT), a consortium of people from adjacent villages.
The Park can be accessed from the village of Laguna which is approximately 13 miles from Punta Gorda Town. Activities that can be enjoyed at this national park are caving, hiking, fishing, bird watching and cultural activities.