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Carara National Park

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“manuel antonio”(40 reviews)
“scarlet macaws”(75 reviews)
“costa rica”(39 reviews)
Carara National Park is south of the Rio Tarcoles and 15 km north of Jaco Dentral. It boasts of a large population of breeding scarlet macaws, capuchin monkeys, anteaters, parrots, aracaris, kingfishers old growth forest and is a transistional...more
Highway 34, Carara, Costa Rica
+506 2637 1054
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a beautiful park, the south side paths are level and easy access. The north side which in the wet season is flooded and not accessible, in the dry season is a little rough under foot. It’s mainly primary forest with lots of impressive...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank AmyonTourStockport
Reviewed 6 days ago

Against our habits we took a guide for this park and we did not regret it. The treasures of this park are not as obvious as in other ones, but with a guide, you will discover them. We saw different bat species, among them white...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank TahuaB
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the park on our Christmas vacation to Costa Rica. We were torn as to use a guide or to head out on our on. We chose to go with a guide,Maurice Vasquez. He was absolutely incredible! Right from the get go we saw...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank sandy1061
Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a local avid border and hiker, and love a,, animals and nature in general. I hike Carara a lot by myself and see so much. It’s a hidden gem, as most go to nearby Manuel antonio. I hate crowds, and sometimes have the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Puravidablonde
Reviewed 1 week ago

The excursions available on our cruise up Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast included walking tours through three national parks, including Carara National Park, which paled compared to our walk through Manuel Antonio NP the day before. The trail in Carara NP is asphalt and has been...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank IN_Travelers47906
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a wonderful guided tour yesterday at the park. If we had not hired a guide it would’ve been a nice walk but I don’t know what we would have seen. We are here in the dry season and it’s not the greatest time...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank BrendaW837
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What else needs to be said? Mind blowing proximity to a large group of scarlet macaws, which is why you came here.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank eraydon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped at the park on our way from Monteverde to Quepos. The park entrance is literally right on the main highway (and only 20 minutes from Jaco Beach). Apparently 5 guides hang out daily at the park entrance to offer their services to those...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank b0b2019
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were unsure whether or not to hire a private guide for our trip to Carara National Park but we are very pleased we did. I would highly recommend taking a guided tour, you will be astounded at what they are able to find! Our...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank bribrinegar
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were really lucky to spot amazing animals here without a guide. A 2km tour at one hand with an amazing vibe. A beautiful walk with a lot of nature sounds. Monkeys, a lot of birds, a mother pig with three piglets... On the other...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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January 27, 2019|
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Response from GradyC742 | Reviewed this property |
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March 12, 2018|
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Response from nettzoo | Reviewed this property |
You do not need an SUV to visit Carara. The entrance to the park is right on the main road and once you park you will walk in on the trails leading from the main entrance. No car is needed inside the park.
March 2, 2018|
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Response from JOHN1292 | Reviewed this property |
When I went to Carrara in January, there was a guide named Carlos hanging out near the ticket booth. I hired him and he was very helpful. From my experience get a guide, they know where to look for the wildlife.