Carara National Park is in the northernmost Pacific coastal rain forest, transitioning into tropical dry forests in the northwest. It was established on April 27, 1978 as a biological reserve, but its growing popularity after 1990 and massive tourist numbers visiting, forced government entities to upgrade its category to a national park. Carara lies about 15 miles north of the beach town of Jaco. The park protects the river basin of the River Tarcoles, near Orotina and includes one of the largest remaining populations of wild scarlet macaws in the country. Carara is one of Costa Rica’s most popular National Parks, in large part due to its proximity to San José.
The protected area is 4,700 hectares and elevations range from 100 to 500 meters (328 to 1640 feet). The habitats represented here are regenerating tropical rainforest-lowland and tropical dry forest. Our knowledgeable guide will take you to the trails explaining the flora and fauna details along the walk. Your guide will be ready with his telescope to spot birds and other animals. He will make sure you feel like if you were in a live wildlife documentary in the rain forest of Costa Rica.
Carara, means “the land of crocodiles” and your guide will make sure you see these impressive animals!
PICK UP TIME:
WHAT TO BRING
Transportation, bilingual naturalist guide, entrance fees and fruit
8:00am or 2:00pm
Water, light long pants and long sleeve shirt, insect repellent, camera, hiking or sneakers shoes.
Transportation is provided in Jaco, Herradura and Hermosa area for free.
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