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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  • October 2, 2017
    The National Park has trails for people with disabilities, has bathrooms and much wildlife can be observed. You can buy the services of a private guide, but for that you have to bring cash.
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  • August 14, 2017
    After being in CR for a month, I can say that this was the best day trip we did while being down there! Many skip it or don't even know about it. Its close to San Jose (1 hr, mostly highway). Its not ...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    I scoffed there macaws. An experience never to forget. Almost surreal to see these beautiful birds in the wild. Am special to come to the park and got exactly what I was hoping!
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  • June 15, 2017
    First of all, don't be confused by the map -- the entrance to Carara is right off R34 on the East side of the road. Totally a must-go for tourists. The first path is pretty tame, good for people with difficulty walking, but the other paths are a lot more exciting. We saw poison dart frogs, lots of strange bugs, an agouti, lizards, a little crocodile, and more flowers than we could count. The humidity is killer, and you WILL go through at least 2 liters of water even if you're walking at a very relaxed pace.
  • March 8, 2017
    It's a walking path through the local foliage. We came across monkeys and butterflies. The walk was cool even in the heat of the day because you are completely covered by the canopy. Not as exciting as a more organized attraction such as the La Paz waterfall gardens, but still a nice walk in the jungle.
  • May 20, 2017
    Marion path is weak. But the other one next to the bridge is just perfect. A lot of macaws!
  • February 8, 2017
    Good jungle experience. Get there early to beat the heat and humidity. And to see the best wildlife. The trails are not very extensive, about 2 to 3 hours to do them all.
  • January 30, 2017
    Amazing park. Saw lots of wildlife. Had great paths and just all around cool place to be.

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