Carara National Park, Carara

Categories: National Parks, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.4/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web
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. With our online itinerary creator, Carara attractions like Carara National Park can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • The lead with Maurice was a great experience, without him we would have no longer found the macaws. These missing us still at the end... Thank you for the unique experience and good luck for the future... Greetings from Germany
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  • We did become aware thanks to TripAdvisor on Mauricio and we were not disappointed. He and his brother have taken all possible rare birds, frogs, mushrooms, leaf cutter ants, macaws, Toucan, basilisks, capuchin monkeys, etc., etc. to mock and to show us a lot of effort. Frankly, we'd probably without the two through the jungle and had seen nothing... In short, without a guide such as Mauricio this tour makes no sense! After the tour with the two through the Carara Park had been so much fun, we decided to watch even the Manuel Antonio National Park with them the next day. There we saw then etc, etc, two or three claw-toed as well as a Viper, crab, Kolibirs, Capuchin and howler monkeys. It is advisable to look at by the way both parks. While in the Carara, almost a real 'jungle feeling"comes up, the Manuel Antonio akin to a tourist fair game reserve. For this, you can see there but much more 'larger' animals which have also patiently picture is taken. If you have only time for a park has to decide then what is more important to him... Thank you again for the two great days! We see us again!
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  • Of our busy 10 day adventure trip to Costa Rica, this was the best park for seeing Scarlet macaws and Capuchin monkeys. Monkeys passed overhead about 15 feet above us as they fed in tops of palms for ...  read more »
  • Beautiful park, very easy to access. Very close to Jaco and close to San José.
  • Lovely park with well marked and paved trails. Easily accessible for young children. There are guides there to show you round but we didn't hire one. Went to see the macaws and weren't disappointed.
  • National park, it's just ok. It has cemented access, ramps and it's accessible to handicaps.
  • Go early. Wear long sleeves and long pants. Admission was $10 for adults, $5 for kids and under 5 free. We paid a guide $50 for 2 hours, he drove with us 2km down the road. There was a man there watching the cars who does it for tips. Our guide was Freddy Villarreal, he spoke great English. His phone number is 8594-0806 . We saw 2 types of monkeys, various birds, a rat type ceature and Iguanas.
  • We had a great visit to the park. Only problem is that we could not see anything for the fog. The walk to the edge was cool
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