Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo, San Jose

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Explore Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo, a lush tropical rainforest that draws visitors for trekking and observing exotic plants and wildlife. Overlooking the dense green landscape, the inactive Barva Volacno--a peak of 2,906 m (9,534 ft)--supports an extraordinary biodiversity due to the range of altitudes, from the high altitude Volcán Barva to the humid lowlands on the Caribbean slope. Trek among 6,000 species of plants, or take the aerial tram for 2.6 km (1.6 mi) which glides you smoothly through the treetops. You'll find an abundance of wildlife in this habitat, with over 500 bird species and 150 mammals. Watch for white-faced monkeys, jaguars, bare-necked umbrellabirds, the common tink frog and the largest venomous snake in Costa Rica--the matabuey. To find out how to plan a trip to San Jose, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • My life partner was killed when a rotten tree fell. We were not advised that we should get out when it rains. Maintenance of the trails should trail should include checking on the health and safety of...  more »
  • The cable car is very attractive because it lets you enjoy the scenery seated comfortably and low ceiling
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  • We enjoyed getting close to nature and taking the tram ride. It took -1/2 hours on the ride. Difficult for someone suffering from a bad back, but very beautiful. We also saw the Butterfly Conservatory...  more »
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  • My life partner was killed when a rotten tree fell. We were not advised that we should get out when it rains. Maintenance of the trails should trail should include checking on the health and safety of the trees around the trails. Ranger station didn’t had rescue kit. Ranger didn’t even know how to check her pulse. Worst day of my life. A living nightmare. Please be more aware. Hope it never happens again and this helps. Love You Allison.
  • Like the rest of Costa Rica a great place to visit. Bring your hicking boots. Trails and forest are beautiful.
  • Breathtaking views that remind you why nature is such a magnificent artist. The vistas that line the highway as you drive into the forest call out to you to stop and take pictures and remind yourself why conserving and protecting nature is so important to our planet.
  • Beautiful cloud forest. The flora and fauna are impressive. This is a cloud forest so it rains A LOT. So be prepared and take a raincoat and baseball cap to keep the rain out of your eyes.
  • Very nice park, easy to visit from San Jose by car, it feels like a healthy environment, we saw a lot of animals. The only con is that there are only two trails both short.
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