Covering 11,600 acres (4,700 hectares), Costa Rica’s Carara National Park is home to an amazing array of native plant and animal species. Begin your tour of this biological reserve pickup from your Jaco hotel. After arriving at the park, set off on a relaxed, 3-hour walking through the vibrant ecological transition zone. With a relatively dry climate, Carara’s growth is not as thick as other parts of the country, offering more open spaces in which to spot wildlife.
Follow your guide along beautiful forest trails, and be on the lookout for mammals like white-faced capuchin monkeys, sloths and kinkajous (also known as ‘honey bears’). Scan the treetops and the sky overhead for vibrant birdlife including scarlet macaws, parrots, motmots, hummingbirds and parakeets. In marshlands fed by the Tárcoles River, you may kingfishers, egrets and herons, plus the occasional American crocodile.
Emerge out of the forest for a stop at the gorgeous Jaco Beach, where you can watch expert surfers riding the waves. Your 4-hour tour concludes with drop-off back at your Jaco hotel.