Carara National Park, San Jose

Currently Open [Closes at 04:00 pm]
  • 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
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About Carara National Park, San Jose

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

  • 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.

  • Had a superb guided tour through the forest trails and saw everything from insects to frogs to Macaws. This park offers fascinating trails in varying length. It also features two different climates. For the not so mobile inclined there is a wheelchair accessible paved route as well. As usual you see the most when you stop long enough to see what is actually all around you.

  • Peaceful, less crowded. We heard monkeys, saw a mackaw (sp?) in it's nest, and realized we could not only see an ant trail, we could hear the ants crawling along! We saw a Jesus Christ lizard, and an iguana. Lots of interesting trees and flora, also some other birds and critters I can't remember the names of. Nice place with clearly marked trails, and the park ranger was friendly and spoke English well. Bring binoculars and a camera.

  • We hired a guide and our experience was amazing. We got to see over 30 birds, my advice is get guide but ask to their licence as there are loads of guides hanging around that do not have a valid credentials. We got pointed to so many different spots that we would have missed if we were alone. Plus our guide Maurice was full of amazing information.

  • If you like birding and wildlife, you must visit this park. I've never seen so many new and wonderful birds at any time in my life. On eBird it is listed as a hotspot with one of the most birds of any hot spot in Costa Rica. You are likely to see toucans many other species of birds, as well as howling monkeys and spider monkeys. There are tour guides you can hire, but we explored by ourselves and found plenty to hold our attention. I highly recommend this place.

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