Braulio Carillo is featured this year on stamp

Correos de Costa Rica has come out with its 2013 national park stamp, and it features  Braulio Carillo, the sprawling land north of the Central Valley.

The designer is Cristian Ramírez Vargas, and the stamp features a waterfall in the park from a photo by Juan José Pucci.

The photo is appropriate because the park, created in 1979, protects many of the springs and water sources that are vital to Central Valley residents.

The San José-Guápiles highway goes through the park, but the protected area also includes Las Tres Marías, mountains that can be seen from the downtown, and many dormant volcanoes, including Barva and its lagoon.

The commemorative stamp went into circulation Friday. The value is 1,500 colons, about $3. A first-day cover is available for 5,600 colons, about $11.20. The special cancelation contains the drawing of a frog, aBufo holdridgei, which is found in the park.

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