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Carara National Park, Carara

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#1 of 10 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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  • Based on reviews provided on Tripadvisor, I booked Maurice Vasquez as our Carara guide. I was in communication with him via Whatsapp all the way until the day before to confirm our reservation. On... 
    Based on reviews provided on Tripadvisor, I booked Maurice Vasquez as our Carara guide. I was in communication with him via Whatsapp all the way until the day before to confirm our reservation. On...  more »
  • Best with a guide as their experience helps observe things you might easily miss. We experienced the power of ants. Saw a toucan and even a poisonous tree frog. Quite an enjoyable experience. 
    Best with a guide as their experience helps observe things you might easily miss. We experienced the power of ants. Saw a toucan and even a poisonous tree frog. Quite an enjoyable experience.  more »
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  • A very beautiful park that still has a wild feeling when walking around. Not busy (at least when we went 9am Monday). Nice to have the information signs dotted around the trail providing knowledge about the fauna and flora. We couldn't spot much but we did see some dart frogs, other creepy crawlies and a group of Howler monkeys.
  • A smaller park withots to see. This park is on the boarder of the wet and dry forests and so has a lot of diversity. We saw neon green frogs along with many other plants, animals, and insects. We opted not to go with a guide and it worked well for us because we were able to go our own pace and still saw a lot. The guides guarantee you will see the red macaws so if that is your aim it may new worth the $50+ but otherwise I suggest going without. The trails were fairly well maintained. They don't allow you to pack in food so eat snacks before. There is a parking lot on site at no cost.

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