Most notably, Carara is home to one of Costa Rica’s last remaining populations of scarlet macaws, who you’ll likely see gossiping and preening in small groups throughout the park. The Rio Tarcoles, which forms the park’s northern border, is well known for its enormous population of huge crocodiles.
There are two short, 1km (.6mi) interpretive trails through the wilderness and waterfalls, perfect for families and less active travelers. A longer, 4.5km (2.7mi) trail follows the Rio Tarcoles and mangrove marshes, where both the crocodiles and scarlet macaws settle in for the evening.
There are scores of other animals in residence, hailing from both forest ecosystems straddled by Carara: sloths, peccaries, deer, monkeys, armadillos, and even big cats. Birders will appreciate the bounty most, with some 400 species easily spotted in this relatively small area.
Tours & Tickets
Private guided tour of Carara National Park. Enjoy the best of Costa Rica's wildlife with our professional tour guide. Get up close photos using our ... Read more
Location: Jaco, Costa Rica
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
Famous for its large American Crocodiles, the Tárcoles River forms the Northern border of Carara Biological. The reserve is full of crocodiles, scarlet ... Read more
Location: Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)