Carara National Park (Parque Nacional Carara)
Carara National Park (Parque Nacional Carara)
Carara National Park (Parque Nacional Carara)

Carara National Park (Parque Nacional Carara) Tours and Tickets

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Located north of Jaco along the Pacific coast, Carara National Park is at the confluence of two important ecosystems—the steamy jungle of the southern coast and the dry tropical forest of Guanacaste. Walk along easy trails to spot outstanding wildlife including 400 bird species, sloths, capuchin monkeys, anteaters, parrots, and most notably, huge populations of scarlet macaws and crocodiles.

  • Ranger station is open 7am - 4pm daily.
  • Puntarenas, 50503

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Gregory_E, Oct 2023
Ronald, our guide was very knowledgeable, he spotted some animals in areas where we wouldn't had known to look. We saw three different species of monkeys, two different species of tucans, the scarlet macaw, the poison dart frog, and so much more. I would definitely recommend the guided tour because if you are alone and inexperienced, you will not know where to look. Having an experienced guide like Ronald, is an added plus. I went during the rainy season where a part of the park is closed due to flooding and an overabundance of crocodiles but that did not stop me from appreciating the biodiversity of this amazing place in the Costa Rican rainforest.
Joanne_P, Feb 2023
The guide was a very...
The guide was a very important part of the Carara park visit. We were also in a small group which was more conducive to a genuine rainforest visit. On the best of times it is a lot to ask to see so many animals, birds etc but with less people trampling through it is a better experience.
Loretta_M, Dec 2022
Expensive for only a 2 hour tour.
Our guide Antonio was really good & we did see a few monkeys but did not see any macaws at all so was a bit disappointed. Overall it was a good tour even though it was quite expensive.
Diane_B, May 2023
Carrera National Park Tour
Geovanna was a fabulous guide and spotted soooooo many critters for us. She knew the behavior & habits of all the critters as well. Most importantly, she found toucans and macaws which we had so wanted to see! In addition, we saw a bat, leaf-cutter ants, army ants, a green ibis, large iguanas, frogs, and more colorful birds. Then she took us to a lesser-used part of the park and we saw a large troop of squirrel monkeys. As we ventured further in, we spotted peccaries (boars) which could be a bit dangerous so we back-tracked until they were gone. Started in again, only to be quickly shooed back out because Geovanna had seen 2 pumas on the ground hunting! What an experience!
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Q:What are Carara National Park (Parque Nacional Carara) hours of operation?
Carara National Park (Parque Nacional Carara) hours of operation: Ranger station is open 7am - 4pm daily.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.