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Carara National Park

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Address: Highway 34, Carara, Costa Rica
Phone Number:
+506 2637 1054

Carara National Park is south of the Rio Tarcoles and 15 km north of Jaco...

Carara National Park is south of the Rio Tarcoles and 15 km north of Jaco Dentral. It boasts of a large population of breeding scarlet macaws, capuchin monkeys, anteaters, parrots, aracaris, kingfishers old growth forest and is a transistional forest supporting both Amazonian and Mesoamerican habitats.

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Excellent activity and inexpensive

You do not need to hire a guide to walk through the park. We went on our own and saw many species of animals and birds in the 3 and 1/2 hours we walked. We saw monkeys, macaws... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Tracey D
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You do not need to hire a guide to walk through the park. We went on our own and saw many species of animals and birds in the 3 and 1/2 hours we walked. We saw monkeys, macaws, toucans, regular birds, frogs, sloths and other interesting creatures and beautiful foliage. Pay the $10 and walk on your own. Well work... More 

Thank Tracey D
Houlton, Maine
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove to Manuel Antonio for the park experience. While it was ok, we decided to stop at Carara National Park on our way north. It was well worth the stop! Much less crowded and we felt as though we had the trail to ourselves much of the walk. It has handicapped accommodations, too. We saw macaws, spider monkeys, howlers... More 

Thank Chrisla123
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great guide-Hansel. very knowledgable about the park's animals and plants. Also very polite,friendly and interesting. The crocodile boat tour was fun. We saw so much and had a great time

Thank Margaret B
Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The three hours we spent touring the trails was amazing. So much wildlife if you just slow down, remain quiet and bring a set of binoculars.

Thank BevHunt1969
La Herradura, Spain
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I did a tour today (April, 7th) with guide Victor Mora. The tour was set around mid day which is not the best time to see animals, because they are usually hiding during their siesta! But from my side it was the only time I could make to the park. Nevertheless, we were lucky and enjoyed watching beautiful red aras,... More 

Thank Lyra2017
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our guide Franklin was truly expert and worked hard to help us experience and see some of the birds flying overhead in the canopy. The toucans were fast but we captured a brilliant video of them in the end! Kids loved it. Thank you!!

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Suffolk, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Managed to see Scarlet Macaw & Spider Monkey but other than Ants & Bats that was about it. OK for quick visit but was expecting more.

Thank EastofEngland
Washington State
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We hired Enrique as our guide through our hotel for a daylong birdwatching walk. He was outstanding, extremely knowledgable and very pleasant. He was adept at locating the birds, which are very cryptic and hard to find on our own. He also knew them all by call, which helped immensely in locating them. One trail at the park entrance is... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is a tremendous amount to see in Carara Park, especially if you are interested in the birds of Costa Rica. For birders, I would highly recommend Johan Chavez as your guide. Brilliant young man who knows the birds and all other aspects of Carara and Costa Rica natural history. We spent two days with him and loved the trip.... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Go with a guide There can be unpleasant surprises Antonio was ours and very informative indeed We were lucky enough to see scarlet macaw,black mandibled toucan,spider monkeys plus various other inhabitants Be patient and be prepared not to see all the inhabitants it is not a zoo Wear long pants Take water it is very humid

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