Carara National Park, Carara

4.4
#2 of 21 in Parks in Province of San Jose
Explore Carara National Park, a wildlife haven due to its transition between dry and wet rainforest. A popular hiking spot in close proximity to San Jose, the national park bears the name of one of its most prominent residents, the American crocodile. Walking along the Tarcoles river, you might see a few of these crocs, which can grow up to 6 m (20 ft) in length. Birdwatchers flock here to observe the abundance of avian life, including one of the largest scarlet macaw communities in Costa Rica. Hike through the dense rainforest for the chance to spot deer, kinkajous, frogs, water birds, and many species of monkeys. Put Carara National Park and other Carara attractions into our Carara journey maker , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • We had an amazing tour with a man named Mauricio -- he wasn't booked through the park but privately. He was amazing though and really took the time to show us the things that we really wanted to see. ...  more »
  • THE GOOD: our guide Maurice Birds Stunning THE NOT SO GOOD: non credited guides lurking First of all, don't bother doing the walk around here without a guide, we would have missed so much if it was no...  more »
  • Main entrance of the Park very poorly indicated. But for the second part, 2 km from the main entrance, no indication, disappointing. Visit 3 loops, unless you are an expert of vegetation, blah. What animals can be seen the Capuchins, 1 toucan, a few "poultry", iguanas, but no parrot... I think there must be more favourable periods, as many people remained on their end even with a guide, no parrot in sight... The 2nd way, which must normally be 4km, stops at 2 km. There were a lot of Capuchins in camera range. Most of this path because very few people because entry hard to find and even muddy path in this period a lot of pub on the parks, but the observation is disappointing.
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  • Had a superb guided tour through the forest trails and saw everything from insects to frogs to Macaws. This park offers fascinating trails in varying length. It also features two different climates. For the not so mobile inclined there is a wheelchair accessible paved route as well. As usual you see the most when you stop long enough to see what is actually all around you.
  • We hired a guide and our experience was amazing. We got to see over 30 birds, my advice is get guide but ask to their licence as there are loads of guides hanging around that do not have a valid credentials. We got pointed to so many different spots that we would have missed if we were alone. Plus our guide Maurice was full of amazing information.
  • If you like birding and wildlife, you must visit this park. I've never seen so many new and wonderful birds at any time in my life. On eBird it is listed as a hotspot with one of the most birds of any hot spot in Costa Rica. You are likely to see toucans many other species of birds, as well as howling monkeys and spider monkeys. There are tour guides you can hire, but we explored by ourselves and found plenty to hold our attention. I highly recommend this place.
  • It’s a nice place to walk around but not worth the fee. Hiring a guide may help you find some birds and bugs, but not too much more. The fee to enter is a bit steep but overall if you’re in the area , it’s worth a visit, especially to see macaws.
  • Beautiful park to visit. But not worth it if you don't have a guide. The guide will cost you between 40 to 50 USD. You have to negotiate. I saw monkey, sloths and a lot of birds. Dont trust google maps to reach the park. It will lead you to nowhere.

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