Carara National Park, Carara

#1 of 11 in Nature 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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  • Not a huge park but one of the best places to see Scarlet Macaws - we saw lots of them. Also a nice park in that it doesn't get as busy as some of the others. We booked a guided walk with Mauricio who...  more »
  • I arrived at 7 am, I saw Macaws, 2 kinds of monkeys, Toucans, many other birds, lots of butterflies, and peccaries ( I think ) Trails are mostly shaded, half day at most. Then walk or drive 2 km. to r...  more »
  • Had a great day viewing the critters at this wonderful national park. Recruited Andre at the gate as our guide. He was very knowledgeable and his English was excellent. If it's your first time at the park its well worth the money unless you enjoy wandering aimlessly in the jungle. Saw lots of macaws, iguana, frogs, butterflies and even a monkey. Beautiful trees and foliage. If you don't feel like getting up at 5 am and standing in line at Manuel Antonio this is a good option.
  • If you love nature you have to come here. The wildlife is just right there in your face. In fairness coming from Europe it was perhaps more amazing for me as you tend not to see such an amazing abundance every day in Europe as you do in the park. I cannot recommend enough.
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