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Carara National Park

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Highway 34, Carara, Costa Rica
+506 2637 1054
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Private Tour: Carara National Park Bird Watching Tour
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Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Hiking in Carara National Park
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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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  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“manuel antonio” (35 reviews)
“scarlet macaws” (68 reviews)
“bird watching” (15 reviews)
LOCATION
Highway 34, Carara, Costa Rica
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+506 2637 1054
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"manuel antonio"
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"scarlet macaws"
in 68 reviews
"bird watching"
in 15 reviews
"costa rica"
in 38 reviews
"main trail"
in 10 reviews
"bug spray"
in 14 reviews
"white faced monkeys"
in 16 reviews
"ranger station"
in 7 reviews
"bird species"
in 10 reviews
"bring water"
in 7 reviews
"dry season"
in 7 reviews
"flora and fauna"
in 13 reviews
"spotting scope"
in 11 reviews
"poison dart frogs"
in 10 reviews
"leaf cutter ants"
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"nice walk"
in 7 reviews
"great birding"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We spent a wonderful morning at Carara National Park spotting birds. My husband was keen to see new species so we hired a guide. We read in a guidebook about rougue guides and when we were approached by one, accredidation was lacking. In the end...More

Thank Hannah75
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The park is approximately a 30 minute drive north of Jaco. It is well worth the visit. The park is the southern most point for birds migrating from North America and the northern most point for birds migrating from South America. It's an interesting place...More

Thank Paul F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

How wonderful it was while walking through this fabulous national park. Beyond our expectations we saw many birds and monkeys. The information provided on different hiking paths is perfect!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The tour was excellent with an expert guide, numerous animals spotted, good food, and a comfortable river boat ride. Our certified naturalist-guide was friendly and enthusiastic throughout the tour. During the comfortable van ride from site to site, our guide kept up a steady dialogue...More

1  Thank Mao M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They have a nice tourist office...the downside guide are waiting already in the parking lot...and they will lead you where to park. We haven’t walked the trail for awhile but I heard it was much better trail.

2  Thank Manakin
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

big but you just about have to have a guide. you dont have to have a guide but he can show you animals and birds that you would probably miss. We used a man named Victor and he was a professional guide that spoke perfect...More

1  Thank chale1789
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Reviewed 11 March 2018

Skip hiring a guide at Carara National Park and take the walk yourself. The trails are well maintained, clearly marked, and the park is fairly small. The most exciting birds & the main attraction - Scarlet Macaws - are large, loud, and brightly colored so...More

3  Thank Alex H
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

I hired a guide to take me to Carara National Park (from Manuel Antonio) and lead a bird tour. I am so glad I did! Carara has an amazing diversity of avian life, and I added so many new species to my lists. I really...More

3  Thank Tiffy_Bird
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

We scheduled a visit to Carara National Park with our bird guide Carlos Zuniga and he was helpful in getting us a lot of birds, some new and some seen before. The park opens at 7:00 a.m. and there's a $10.00 entrance fee per person....More

3  Thank Cynthia K
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Reviewed 2 March 2018

We only had time for 3 hours here, with excellent guide Franklin, but we saw much more than our main objective of Scarlet macaws, of which we saw many, some close-by. Need to go back.

Thank rotherbridge
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debbiesmith212018
12 March 2018|
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Response from nettzoo | Reviewed this property |
You do not need an SUV to visit Carara. The entrance to the park is right on the main road and once you park you will walk in on the trails leading from the main entrance. No car is needed inside the park.
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LAAsh
2 March 2018|
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Response from JOHN1292 | Reviewed this property |
When I went to Carrara in January, there was a guide named Carlos hanging out near the ticket booth. I hired him and he was very helpful. From my experience get a guide, they know where to look for the wildlife.
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Josh W
22 December 2017|
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Response from brendad288 | Reviewed this property |
I agree. In fact, I thinky it may take longer to get on the road so you are best off waiting to go the next day and this way you do not feel rushed.
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