Carara National Park203 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 04:00 pm]
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 Travel Tips
- Other contact No. : +506 84327807
- Carry bottled drinking water and snacks.
- Do wear sturdy shoes and comfortable clothes.
Entrance Ticket Details For Carara National Park
National or residents:
- Adults: Costa Rican colón 1.000
- 6 to 12 years old children: Costa Rican colón 500
- 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 renting a Car
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Carara National Park Reviews & Ratings
Very nice. Go with a guide. You will see a lot of animals (you will probably miss most of them without the guide). We went as a family off-season. Our guide (Mauricio) was very knowledgeable and explained everything in as much detail as we liked. He had a telescope that he helped us taking photos with, too. He took his time and even gave good recommendations for lunch and other activities (such an José’s Crocodile Tour) Unfortunately you can’t choose a guide at the park - you have to take the next one in line. But that’s a fair system for the guides. Recommend for everyone.
Nice park but come prepared! Beautiful park, but 2 tips: Go early in the day (like 8am) to have the best chance of seeing animals. And, wear long pants and bring lots of bug spray or you'll be harassed so much you won't enjoy it. There are a couple of trails and there is a really nice handicap one if you need it. The guide is necessary, unless you're fine not seeing the elusive animals and just taking a hike. Admission is $10 per person and guide is extra (about $10 pp as well although we didn't negotiate down). I would recommend someone you connect with and seems passionate about the park. Our guide Victor didn't appear so and we should have taken the hint and gone with someone else. Still, he pointed out a few neat things, both flora and fauna, and we saw some manikins and macaws in the wild. There are supposedly 150 pairs in the park but we only saw one. Neat to see poison dart frogs in the wild and a capybara relative, and 300 year old trees. Sloths and monkeys were hiding.
Very nice spot. The climate is not the most comfortable one, especially for the Europeans but the landscape is nice. The highlight is the bridge. From that bridge you are able to see a lot of free-living crocodiles which swim in the water. Next to that bridge is a souvenir store with restaurants etc.
Went their with 4 other people. We hired a guide who tried very hard to spot wildlife but we mostly saw mosquitoes. We did not see any Macaws or much of any wildlife. There we more Macaws at the Los Suenos Marriott free flying in the trees than at this park. Manual Antonio was much nicer. We saw sloths, monkeys and birds there. And as an added bonus, after hiking the trails at Manual Antonio and building up a sweat, you end up at a beautiful beach to cool off. I would pass this up and go to Antonio instead.
Many beautiful birds to see. Franklin was the best guide. We'll worth the price. He saw birds and monkeys we would have never seen. He is friendly and is loaded with personality