Carara National Park, Carara

#1 of 12 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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  • At first we wanted to make the national park without a guide but luckily we met Maurice.Er is a funny and very well-read guide. The children were enthusiastic about him and we saw an incredible amount of animals.
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  • So we arrived at the National Park, lots of cars there and tourists. I just figured we would spray our misquito spray and then take a hike on our own. My hubby did a ton of research on the Park and th...  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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