In May of 1982, the governments of Costa Rica and Panama signed an agreement to create the La Amistad International Park. Costa Rica legally established its sector of the park in February of 1982 and the Panamanian sector followed in 1988.
La Amistad Pacifíco and Caribe include the national parks Tapantí and Chirripó as well as several smaller protection areas and indigenous reserves. In 1983, the UNESCO declared this area to world heritage. The reserve stretches beyond the country borders until Panama and includes more than 192.000 hectares on Costa Rican soil.