Carara National Park, Carara

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#1 of 11 in Nature in Province of San Jose
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Explore Carara National Park, a wildlife haven due to its transition between dry and wet rainforest. A popular hiking spot in close proximity to San Jose, the national park bears the name of one of its most prominent residents, the American crocodile. Walking along the Tarcoles river, you might see a few of these crocs, which can grow up to 6 m (20 ft) in length. Birdwatchers flock here to observe the abundance of avian life, including one of the largest scarlet macaw communities in Costa Rica. Hike through the dense rainforest for the chance to spot deer, kinkajous, frogs, water birds, and many species of monkeys. Put Carara National Park and other Carara attractions into our Carara journey maker, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Tropical forest park easily accessible from Jaco. Recommend the extra $ for official park naturalist guide otherwise will feel like a mosquito ridden forest hike with nothing to see. With guide saw... 
    Tropical forest park easily accessible from Jaco. Recommend the extra $ for official park naturalist guide otherwise will feel like a mosquito ridden forest hike with nothing to see. With guide saw...  more »
  • A Birdwatcher’s Paradise and also home of Scarlet Macaws in Costa Rica. The national park entrance is a little bit after the Rio Tarcoles bridge, the hiking trails are all on flat and easy to walk.....  more
    A Birdwatcher’s Paradise and also home of Scarlet Macaws in Costa Rica. The national park entrance is a little bit after the Rio Tarcoles bridge, the hiking trails are all on flat and easy to walk.....  more »
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  • This is a very nice easy walking park. Surprisingly lots to see. Highly recommended for a few hour decent nature walk.
  • Great national park. We saw macaws, capuchins, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, poison dart frogs, agouti, toucans, iguanas and many more. It seems to be not as well known as some other parks so we were practically the only ones there. It's cheaper than other parks too. I recommend not only doing the loop trails in the main park area but also the extra trail 2 km down the road. That is where we saw most of the animals.

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