Carara National Park

Currently Closed
  • 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

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.

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

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.


  • By renting a Car

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  • 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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  • If you love nature you have to come here. The wildlife is just right there in your face. In fairness coming from Europe it was perhaps more amazing for me as you tend not to see such an amazing abundance every day in Europe as you do in the park. I cannot recommend enough.

  • We had an amazing guide and got some incredible pictures. Even went a little off the beaten track to find ourselves squarely underneath a troop of white faced monkeys. Such a privilege to see so many beautiful animals in their natural habitats.

  • Very informative tour that you can take at your own pace. Also a wheelchair friendly jungle tour!

  • A great nature hike! We love it. Saw Poison Dart Frogs - Monkeys - Baslisk Lizards (Jesus Christ Lizards) - Crocs - Blue Butterflys - Bats - And the best flora and fauna. All this- And we were in the rain. Missed the birds, but would go back again and again.

  • 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!

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