Carara National Park, Carara

Must see · National Park · Nature / Park
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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  • Worth the time to walk through this national park. Trails are well maintained. Insect repellent is a must, and good shoes, binoculars, and water are also a must. In order to hike the entire trail.....  more »
  • Our tour company had pre booked us a Carara Reserve shared tour, but we were pleased to find that we were the only 2 sharing the tour. Our guide Walter was excellent, and he provided us with water...  more »
  • We've driven past this park a few times to find that it's on the main route and usually not busy most times of the day. However, on our last trip we finally visited and found it to be a peaceful getaway from the more touristy parks like Manuel Antonio. This park has easy paths for walking, macaws, toucans, pacas, all sorts of trees and plants. If you want to get the most out of your visit hire a guide, usually one can be found at the park.
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