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. Put Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo and other San Jose attractions into our San Jose vacation planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • The drive through the Park is truly beautiful but my biggest complaint is that it needs widening since it can be a long drive if you get behind a truck or a vehicle breaks down on the road. We took a ...  more »
  • The volcano Barva of the Braulio Carrillo National Park sector is an excellent alternative if you want to visit a cloud forest but no time to go to Monte Verde. However, you will need a whole day to visit. If handles its own truck, is a road hard to up and need a vehicle high although 4 by 4 not is necessary. The trail to Lake Barva is quite easy but with enough rise. The landscapes of the Lake are among the most beautiful I've seen somewhere in the world. Continue to the other Lake requires more experience on muddy trails. Definitely, this sector of the Park is one of the best places to visit in the central part of Costa Rica. The sector of the Braulio Carrillo National Park Volcán Barva is a good alternative if you want to visit to cloud forest but do not have time to go to Monte Verde. However, you will need a whole day for your visit. If you drive yourself, It is a hard uphill road and you need a high ground clearance yet 4 x 4 is not necessary. The trail to Barva Lake is remove easy yet with considerable altitude difference. The scenery at the lake is among the most beautiful I have seen in any part of the world. The trail to the other lake requires experience on muddy trails. Definitely one of the best places to visit in the Central Costa Rica.
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  • The Braulio Carrillo National Park is very appreciated, is one of the signs of the care of the flora and fauna of this beautiful country. The rivers of various colors to the shore. Together and taking advantage of this park also is Rainfores.
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  • Awesome! If you want to feel close to nature that's the place.
  • Its a wonderful park, majestic views, its always foggy or rainy and the temperature is cool, even a little low. Be careful when driving through this park.
  • Nice
  • one of the most exciting parks in costa rica... a must visit
  • It's always green