San Jose

Wildlife Odyssey: Hike in Carara Park & Tarcoles River Adventure

Badge of ExcellenceSan Jose, Costa Rica
Crocodiles birds and fruits Carara National Park Tarcoles River Wonders

From $196.00

Price varies by group size

Select Date and Travelers

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 8 to 12 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


    What's Included

    • Telescope for birdwatching
    • Lunch
    • National Park Entrance Fee (Non-residents $12 must by paid w/ credit or debit card)
    • Crocodile and Bird-watching Boat Tour through Tarcoles River ($28 must be paid in cash)

    Meeting and Pickup

    Pickup points

    Select a pickup point

    Start time

    06:30 AM

    Pickup details

    We pick-up from any hotel or location in San José City or surroundings. If you have any doubts about your hotel pick-up please contact us. If you are a SOLO TRAVELER please book through our website.

    What To Expect

    Carara National Park

    2 hours Admission Ticket Not Included

    Jungle Crocodile Safari & Bird Watching Tour

    2 hours Admission Ticket Not Included


    1 hour Admission Ticket Free

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 10 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
    Operated by Oropopo Experience

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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    29 reviews
    Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
    Reviews by Viator travelers.
    Showing 1-5 of 29 reviews
    Fun and educational
    Juan_S, Aug 2022
    The tour guide was very informative of every species of animals and plants. Was on time and talked about places he recommended in the area.
    Awesome tour led by amazing Guide!
    Richard_B, Aug 2022
    This tour was one of the best tours I’ve done in Costa Rica and thanks to an amazing guide in Rigo! Very friendly and personable wit you, he is like a friend that you don’t even realize he’s a tour operator. This tour consists of first stopping at The crocodile bridge, then walking around and seeing the carara national park and we even saw some animals such as a monkey, and tree frogs, and then the best part at the end where we went to the Tarcoles River to see the wildlife and crocodiles, and so many different type of birds. Rigo was awesome, took really good pictures of us and was very informative throughout his tour, it was basically a private tour as he picks you up from his SUV and takes you everywhere along the way, I would recommend highly of this tour of anyone trying to see the Tarcoles River!
    A VIP Experience
    Sue_C, Jun 2022
    I was surprised to discover that not only was I the only one on tour but that we were the only ones on the river - people are missing out I was collected by Rigo nice and early, we stopped to buy fruit on the way and adjusted the itinerary slightly due to the weather but we need not have worried, the weather was perfect Along the river I was shown many birds from the mighty Scarlet Macaw to an Osprey with fish in tow, we also saw many crocodiles from a baby to Tyson the oldest at 90 ish years, along with many lizards On to Carara we were fortunate enough to see both Spider and Capuchins, a salamander, iquanas, lizards, white tailed deer, an Agouti (?), my favourite Morpho, green and black poisonous dart frogs and many different birds Rigo was extremely knowledgeable and very friendly, the day went really quickly I would just recommend, no matter how hot, thick long trousers as the mossies were in abundance and bit non exposed areas as well, despite two types of repellent!
    Amazing Wild and nature day tour
    WaiYan_S, Jun 2022
    Thank you for the trip guided by Charley that i enjoyed a lot ! Charley is a professional biologist and provides lot of interesting information. On the way he took me to the local fruit stall as well. With the telescope we observed lots of wild animals. I also joined another amazing day tour held by OROPOPO on the next day which i enjoyed so much too. what a satisfied day!
    So much wildlife!
    Marty_C, Jul 2021
    This was an AMAZING adventure with my guide YEPO (Jose Pablo), he was extremely knowledgeable, had a great instict for spotting wildlife and went completely out of the way to provide us a unique experience. First time in the morning we bought some seasonal fruits at a local market, then we went hiking to CARARA NATIONAL PARK where we saw monkeys, frogs, lizards, dozens of plants and mushrooms and for every organism Yepo had a wonderful story to tell. Then we had a small picninc at the beach where we finally ate the fruits he got for us (god bless the tropics!) And finally after having lunch we went for a very calm but informative and scenic boat ride through the Tarcole River where Yepo showed us a handful of colorful birds and HUGE crocodiles. My favorite was Shakira! Thank you Yepo for this wonderful day, god bless
    Response from Host, Jan 2022
    Hi Marty, thanks so much for your review, we really appreciate the effort you put writing it for us. We are glad you enjoyed the experience with Yepo, which is a really nice guide. Hope to see you again in Costa Rica with a new Oropopo adventure. Cheers.

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