Carara National Park, San Jose

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About Carara National Park, San Jose

Carara National Park, San Jose - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

Phone: +506-26371054

Ticket Price: 5581 CRC

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Time Required: 07:00 Hrs

Timings: 07:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

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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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Carara National Park, San Jose Reviews - Write a Review

  • Not worth it if you don’t have a guide which would cost you $50 plus your own entrance fee. I went with a friend so we shared the price of the guide. The park itself is apparently bigger than the one in Manuel Antonio BUT the trails are very short and the only animals you see (when you aren’t trained for it) are iguanas and a fluffy Coati . The guide showed us one ara nest and we were lucky enough to see a white bat 🦇 which was not an albino .

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  • Had a superb guided tour through the forest trails and saw everything from insects to frogs to Macaws.

  • First of all, don't be confused by the map -- the entrance to Carara is right off R34 on the East side of the road. Totally a must-go for tourists. The first path is pretty tame, good for people with difficulty walking, but the other paths are a lot more exciting. We saw poison dart frogs, lots of strange bugs, an agouti, lizards, a little crocodile, and more flowers than we could count. The humidity is killer, and you WILL go through at least 2 liters of water even if you're walking at a very relaxed pace.

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  • Great jungle experience. Not expensive. Between half an hour and 3 hours, depending on the route.

  • Wonderful to hike, swim and snorkel. Extremely beautiful beaches and a lot animals like monkeys to watch.

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