UNESCO National Park Los Katíos
National Park Los Katíos
Los Katíos is a national park in the northwest of Colombia, on the border with Panama, with an area of approximately 720 km². The area lies at an altitude of 50 to 600 meters and is part of the Darién Gap, a densely forested region that shares Panama and Colombia. It passes in Panama in the National Park Darién. According to plans for the Pan-American road, it will go through or near the area. The park was declared a world heritage site in 1994 on the basis of the diversity of fauna and flora. The park has more than 25% of all bird species in Colombia, although it covers only 1% of the Colombian land area.
The topography of Los Katíos is quite diverse, with low hills, forests and wet plains. The two largest parts of the park are the Serranía del Darién mountains in the west and the river Atrato and its flood plains in the east.
Due to mismanagement, the park ended up on the list of endangered world heritage in 2009. Thanks to better management and measures against illegal deforestation and overfishing, it was removed from the list again in 2015.