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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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Carara National Park Tour

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
  • Free Cancellation
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USD30.77
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Carara National Park Tour

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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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD87.00
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USD87.00
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Jungle & River ATV Exploration & Crocodile Safari. Puntarenas Shore Excursion

Jungle & River ATV Exploration & Crocodile Safari. Puntarenas Shore Excursion

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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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD145.00
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Puntarenas Zipline Canopy & Crocodile Boat Tour. Shore Excursion from Puntarenas

Puntarenas Zipline Canopy & Crocodile Boat Tour. Shore Excursion from Puntarenas

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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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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD120.00
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Carara National Park from Jaco

Carara National Park from Jaco

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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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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD108.00
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Carara National Park (Parque Nacional Carara) hours of operation?
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Carara National Park (Parque Nacional Carara) hours of operation: Ranger station is open 7am - 4pm daily.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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