Carara National Park

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  • Address: Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica, San Jose
  • Timings: 07:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +506-26371054
  • Ticket Price: 5581 CRC
  • Time Required: 07:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, National Park, Wildlife Park, View Point, Hiking Trail, Tour, Family And Kids

Carara National Park - Review

Located around 80 kilometers from San Jose, the Carara national park translates to "River of lizards" in Huetar and is popular for its variety of birds that take refuge here. The bird in danger of extinction- the Scarlet Macaw, is spotted here along with other animals. The rustic pathways that twirl around the national park embraces lush green tress where you can spot Agoutis, Capuchin monkeys, butterflies, lizards, sloths and tapirs.

Do watch out for the poisonous green frogs that reside here. To make the most of your trip, prefer a guided tour that will make sure you explore the best of the park while still being safe. The park is the first national park to have a ‘universal access trail’ where you can see the inter-relationships of different species of plants and animals.

If you love photography, you will be spoilt with wildlife, grand natural landscapes and stunning panoramic views.

Carara National Park Information

  • Other contact No. : +506 84327807
  • Carry bottled drinking water and snacks.
  • Do wear sturdy shoes and comfortable clothes.

Carara National Park Ticket Prices

National or residents:

  • Adults: Costa Rican colón 1.000
  • 6 to 12 years old children: Costa Rican colón 500

Foreign Non-Residents:

  • Adults USD 10
  • Children USD 5

Note: You must present identification card when entering the park.

Adults over 65 years do not pay entrance ticket by presenting identity card.


How To reach Carara National Park by Public Transport

  • By renting a Car

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TripHobo Highlights for Carara National Park

  • Carara National Park Address: Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica, San Jose
  • Carara National Park Contact Number: +506-26371054
  • Carara National Park Timing: 07:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Carara National Park Price: 5581 CRC
  • Best time to visit Carara National Park(preferred time): 08:00 am - 08:30 am
  • Time required to visit Carara National Park: 07:00 Hrs
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Carara National Park, San Jose Reviews

  • The one here. Saw some great forest and some animals. Eerily quiet and rain hit us like crazy. Some nice workers that let us in for $20 each. Frogs...toucans.. whip snake....leaf cutter ants...iguanas...

  • The forest is beautiful. I really have no complaints other than it was a tough birding experience. Only saw 20 species in about 4.5 hours due to inactivity and the density of the forest. Worth a trip but pay for a park guide!

  • Great visit for a day trip. Lots to view. And wheelchair accessible with 2 km path!

  • Walking on the bridge to see the alligators as a little bit dicey especially with small children. You have to be pretty careful and diligent to make sure you're not hit by a car. The nice thing is there are a lot of stands and restaurants right there at the bridge so you can stop in eat a meal or just grab some fruit or snacks or find a bathroom or by other trinkets if you want.

  • Very nice walk once we found the place along route 34. Google Maps initially sent us 45 min up a small gravel road in the mountains. We gave up once we reached a ford in the road. The park ranger informed us that this was the entrance of the park 30 years ago. On the trail we heard macaws and howler monkeys.

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