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Carara National Park (Parque Nacional Carara) Tours

Carara National Park (Parque Nacional Carara)
At the confluence of two important Costa Rican ecosystems—the wet and wild Pacific Rainforest that characterizes the southern coast, and the dry tropical forest for which Guanacaste is known—this small, popular national park packs a lot of wildlife into a 5240-hectare (12,950-acre) package.

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.

Practical Info

Carara is convenient to both San Jose and Jaco, which is great for travelers who often park on the famous Tarcoles Bridge for a view over the crocodile-packed river. Unfortunately, this is also great for folks who rob rental cars. Keep an eye on your vehicle (even if you’re just on the bridge for a few moments), leave no valuables visible, and use guarded parking whenever possible.
Address: Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Hours: Ranger station is open 7am - 4pm daily.
Admission: $8
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Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Tarcoles River Boat Tour at the JunglePorts of Call Tours

Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Tarcoles River Boat Tour at the Jungle

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Glide through one of Costa Rica's most famous birdwatching and croc-spotting destinations on this half-day jungle boat shore excursion from Puntarenas. Cruise with a naturalist guide along the forests and mangroves of the Tárcoles River, which borders Carara National Park and is home to a vast array of wildlife including crocodiles and more than 120 bird species.
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Carara National Park TourNature & Wildlife

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Carara National Park Tour

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Visit Carara National Park on this 6-hour tour from Jaco. Nature lovers will delight in the variety of Costa Rican wildlife in the park, including the scarlet macaw. Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Hiking in Carara National ParkHiking & Camping

Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Hiking in Carara National Park

Spend your Puntarenas port day exploring one of Costa Rica's premier birdwatching and croc-spotting destinations with a hiking tour in Carara National Park. Trek along nature trails that wind through the River Tárcoles basin as an expert naturalist guide helps you spot abundant native species like scarlet macaws, parrots, capuchin monkeys, and the jaw-snapping crocodiles that line the river’s edge. You’ll also get a taste of local cuisine with an authentic Costa Rican lunch.
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VIP Private Tour: Jungle & River ATV Exploration from San Jose4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

VIP Private Tour: Jungle & River ATV Exploration from San Jose

Your breath-taking, adventure begins with a pickup from your hotel and a relaxing private drive through the wonderful Costa Rican countryside on an air-conditioned transportation and recent model deluxe vehicle or mini bus. You will be heading to the Central Pacific Coast to Tarcoles River.In our adventure center, before you begin your journey, you will receive instructions and then take a test run on our specially designed private track. From here on, your guide will lead you along the jungle trails, Teak plantations, 14 crossing rivers sometimes-bumpy, dirt paths real rainforest, viewpoints and 2 different beaches.If weather allowing, you can take a quick swim at Bochinche Beach, a pristine and almost private beach where we will have a break. During the tour, your guide will provide bottled water, and at the end of this Costa Rica ATV adventure, we will greet you with fresh tropical fruits. The driving time and ATV tour last 2 hours.After the tour, enjoy a delicious lunch
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Puntarenas Zipline & Crocodile Safari Boat Tour Shore ExcursionPorts of Call Tours

Puntarenas Zipline & Crocodile Safari Boat Tour Shore Excursion

Visit Carara Adventure Park on an action-packed day tour from Puntarenas. Travel by air-conditioned minivan to the privately owned reserve, which contains lush rain forest and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Experience the rain forest canopy up close as you fly down the zipline course, which features 12 cables and three hanging bridges. Then take a 1-hour boat cruise to look for crocodiles, monkeys, and more.
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Carara National Park from JacoDay Trips

Carara National Park from Jaco

See some of Costa Rica's most beautiful flora and fauna with this visit to Carara National Park from Jaco. All four of the different types of forest found in Costa Rica exist in this park. However, for many visitors, the bird life is the big draw: the park is home to over 400 types of birds, including red macaws.
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Carara National Park Birding Private Guided Tour Experience.Day Trips

Carara National Park Birding Private Guided Tour Experience.

Are you ready for birding in one of the best birding hotspots of Costa Rica? Carara National Park with their transitional forest offers an incredible diversity of flora and fauna where they converge species of dry and forest. It is considered from locals and visitor from around the world as one the best areas of Costa Rica for birding, on this tour, you will enjoy the vast bird fauna of Carara National Park area, with the help of our birdwatcher crew you will be able to spot, identify the different species like trogons, motmots, flycatchers, hummingbirds, and others as the day goes by. We will start our early in the morning with some strategical stops where our birding crew knows where to stop to give you interesting facts and key markings for recognition of birds and other fauna as well. This National park is the best area for any birdwatcher level from beginner to advance we will be happy to help in your birding expedition. Prepare your binoculars and book this tour now.
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VIP Private Tour: Jungle & River BUGGY Exploration from San Jose4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

VIP Private Tour: Jungle & River BUGGY Exploration from San Jose

Your breath-taking, adventure begins with a pickup from your hotel and a relaxing private drive through the wonderful Costa Rican countryside on an air-conditioned transportation and recent model deluxe vehicle or mini bus. Destination will be Tarcoles River and Playa BochincheIn our adventure center, before you begin your journey, you will receive instructions and then take a test run on our specially designed private track. From here on, your guide will lead you along the jungle trails, Teak plantations, 14 crossing rivers sometimes-bumpy, dirt paths real rainforest, viewpoints and 2 different beaches. If weather allowing, you can take a quick swim at Bochinche Beach, a pristine and almost private beach where we will have a break. The driving time and Buggy tour last 2 hours.After the experience, you will enjoy a delicious lunch before to make the way back to your hotel in San Jose.
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Carara National Park TourNature & Wildlife

Carara National Park Tour

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Best bird watching tours in Costa Rica with native guide to spot endemic species. Guides will be able to spot seasonal birds and wildlife, making this the best tour on your trip.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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Tortuga Island Calypso by CRHRDay Cruises

Tortuga Island Calypso by CRHR

Costa Rica Tortuga Island Tour to the jewel on the Gulf of Nicoya, beautiful white sanded beach; blue warm waters combine with tropical fish and lush nature. Tortuga Island Tour starts with transportation from your hotel to Puntarenas where our staff will be waiting with a delicious breakfast and start our journey to this beautiful Island. At the arrival to the Island a snorkeling tour on the rocks to refresh and enjoy the ocean a wide variety of colorful tropical fish you will encounter. For those who would rather not doing snorkeling can go straight to the beach and enjoy the white sand and shades of the palm trees. In the afternoon relax and enjoy the beach, or swim in the crystal clear waters, before taking a calm return journey. Dolphins are a common seen on this trip, also whales and turtles seen regularly. Include: Complementary pick up transportation from Jaco hotels, sodas, juices, water, breakfast, lunch, snorkeling tour, banana boat, relaxing hammocks and private bathrooms.
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Carara National Park Birding Group Guided Tour Experience.Day Trips

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Carara National Park Birding Group Guided Tour Experience.

Are you ready for birding in one of the best birding hotspots of Costa Rica? Carara National Park with their transitional forest offers an incredible diversity of flora and fauna where they converge species of dry and forest. It is considered from locals and visitor from around the world as one the best areas of Costa Rica for birding, on this tour, you will enjoy the vast bird fauna of Carara National Park area, with the help of our birdwatcher crew you will be able to spot, identify the different species like trogons, motmots, flycatchers, hummingbirds, and others as the day goes by. We will start our early in the morning with some strategical stops where our birding crew knows where to stop to give you interesting facts and key markings for recognition of birds and other fauna as well. This National park is the best area for any birdwatcher level from beginner to advance we will be happy to help in your birding expedition. Prepare your binoculars and book this tour now.
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P.N. Day Tour Carara & beachDay Trips

P.N. Day Tour Carara & beach

One-day tour to visit the Carara National Park, Manuel Antonio-style rain forest but more wild. Afternoon free to enjoy the beaches of the Pacific. Departures from any hotel in San José. It includes breakfast.We will pick you up at your hotel in San José to travel to the Pacific. We will stop for breakfast while watching the crocodiles in their natural habitat.In the morning we will do a tour with a local guide through the P.N. Face where we will learn and discover the flora and fauna of the place, we hope to see monkeys and many parrots.Once the National Park tour is over, we will enjoy the beach until the time you want to return to San José. You can choose between beaches with restaurants and cocktails or virgin beaches.During the tour, you can make the stops you need, it is your tour and we will be happy to offer you a dream trip totally adapted to you. In San José, we will leave you again at your hotel.
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Rainforest Skywalk & Tarcoles River Eco Cruise Tour Puntarenas Shore excursionPorts of Call Tours

Rainforest Skywalk & Tarcoles River Eco Cruise Tour Puntarenas Shore excursion

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Discover Costa Rica's enchanting Pacific rain forest from the air and water on this combo shore excursion from Puntarenas. Walk through the treetops on a series of hanging bridges at a private biological reserve, and then cruise down the Tarcoles River, home to a famous community of crocodiles. In between the eco adventures, enjoy time to shop and snack at a quaint replica of a Spanish colonial settlement.
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Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursions. Best 6-in-1 Combo TourDay Trips

Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursions. Best 6-in-1 Combo Tour

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Maximize your port day in Puntarenas with this jam-packed combo tour that introduces you to the best of the Gulf of Nicoya. Drive through the Costa Rican countryside to a nature reserve, explore the rain forest canopy on hanging bridges, and spot crocs on a cruise down the Tarcoles River. Check out local culture with shopping stops at a replica Spanish Village and fun souvenir store, and finish with a city sightseeing tour.
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Puntarenas sightseeing tourDay Trips

Puntarenas sightseeing tour

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We run small group tours with dedicated and very knowledge guides. this tour includes the highlights of the area with the minimal driving time. you will learn a lot of the country.
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Rainforest Wagon & Crocodiles Safari Cruise. Shore Excursion from PuntarenasDay Trips

Rainforest Wagon & Crocodiles Safari Cruise. Shore Excursion from Puntarenas

Your breath-taking adventure begins with a pickup from the pier and a relaxing 60 minute drive through the wonderful Costa Rican countryside. You will be heading to the Central Pacific Coast, Tarcoles River and Carara National Park, until arrives to our private property, about 60 minutes’ drive from Puntarenas Pier. This tour consists of a journey through the rain forest, located in the Tarcolitos River canyon that is part of the 200-hectare private reserve of the Hotel Villa Lapas, crossing the river 8 times with a total distance of 3.2km in a cart drawn by a grasshopper at low speed, so that you can appreciate both the flora and fauna of such a special area in Costa Rica as Carara is. After the wagon experience, a shore drive will take you to Tarcoles River for a 60 minute boat tour for enjoy the huge crocodiles and wildlife.Fresh tropical fruits and a visit to souvenirs are included on this amazing tour. Good for seniors with limited walking conditions.
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10 in 1 Puntarenas Highlights tourMulti-day Tours

10 in 1 Puntarenas Highlights tour

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We ensure a personal experience on small group tours, wildlife interaction and deep inclusion to the rain forest ecosystem by profesional nature guides, premier transportation with a/c, wifi, large reclining seats and more, also we dont use more than 70% of the passengers capacity of our tour vans/coaches due our total satisfaction guarantee.
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  • 20 to 60 minutes
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Puntarenas Shore Excursions: Jungle & Rivers ATV Exploration & Crocodile Safari4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Puntarenas Shore Excursions: Jungle & Rivers ATV Exploration & Crocodile Safari

An ATV tour of Carara National Park lets you explore off-the-beaten-path of this Costa Rican gem. After a safety and instructional briefing, take your ATV on a guided tour along rugged jungle trails, past teak plantations, and over 14 river crossings, stopping to admire views and beaches along the way. Then, head down the Tarcoles River on a boat tour for a chance to spot crocodiles, monkeys, and more.
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Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Rainforest Hanging Bridges & Skywalk TourDay Trips

Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Rainforest Hanging Bridges & Skywalk Tour

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Experience the beauty of the rainforest through our Villa Lapas Sky Way walking tour 1.5 miles (2.5 km) in length, and five suspended bridges at more than 180 feet above the ground. Each of these bridges is an astonishing 300 feet length, crossing through the very heart of the tropical rainforest. This all-ages tour lets you observe the primary and secondary rainforest vegetation. Make yourself one with the jungle. Keep your eyes open to see the numerous bird species, mammals and other varied fauna that call this forest home.The nature walk last about one hour and it includes some areas with some steeps, ups and downs. The end of this rainforest experience is Villa Lapas Eco Hotel, where you will enjoy fresh tropical fruits and Ice Tea.After this great adventure, our tour will continue with a short drive to Tarcoles River Bridge, from where you can enjoy the abundant wildlife of the area
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Local Birdwatching Tours with MauroDay Trips

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Local Birdwatching Tours with Mauro

We will visit a special place where emergent trees still exist and the animals got a balance in the ecosystem with enough resources. This place is home of more than 400 species of birds among those the second largest population of Scarlet Macaws in Costa Rica, Toucans, Motmots and the Antpitta such as examples. First, we will wake up early in the morning in order to pick up tourists at 5am in the hotel. Second, we will head to Carara National Park which opens at 7am where we will explore the main trails and spots inside the two different areas of the park to find and watch all the species possible during around 4 hours. After birding all the morning we will visit a costa rican homemade soda to have lunch and may go to another close spot around Tarcoles River before to come back to Manuel Antonio. There's also an option for those who want to know the local birds without driving long distances and it´s to explore the local hot spots that only local birders know and we know can be great
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CARARA NATIONAL PARK & COCODRILOS TOURSafaris

CARARA NATIONAL PARK & COCODRILOS TOUR

The combination of 2 places in the central Costa Rican Pacific with an incalculable natural wealth, will make you and your companions enjoy a real day of vacation. With the wet-dry transition forest, a point of great importance for the enlistment of birds, in addition to the Tárcoles River, which is the habitat of one of the largest populations in Central America.
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  • 7 hours
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