Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo

Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo

Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo
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Μάνος Π
9 contributions
Jan 2021
If you re in San Jose and want a first experience about the forests in Costa Rica , this is a good and easy option.

I visit that park from Quebrada Gonzalez sector. This sector has two trails, is very easy and you ll enjoy it. Dont expect to see many animals but you can walk through the nature.

If you have a car, it will be easy for you but the bus is more challenging. You can take the bus from the Caribbean station to Guapiles ( 1530 colones) and then the only option is to wait outside the park untill one bus come. So, go prepared to wait about 20 - 40 minuites or more.

There are many tours for that park but in my opinion keep your money for another park.
Written January 18, 2021
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Magenta56
Cheshire,England222 contributions
Jan 2020
The ariel tram was excellent, 1 hour 10 mins sliently floating above the canopy. We have taken canopy tours previously but this was the highest and longest. A guide accompanies you and the carriage is suitable for everybody and has proper seats. We stayed 2 nights in the lodge in the park and enjoyed the early morning and evening walks, our guide Leo was very experienced and knowledgeable.The walk is easy on a made path. We saw tapir, a sloth,a tarantula, snakes and lots of frogs.There are also butterfly, snake and frog exhibits which were good. There is a restaurant where the staff where friendly and helpful. There is zip lining but we didn't try it.
Written February 18, 2020
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mnzamora
Costa Rica179 contributions
Feb 2022
We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and wanted to visit a different national park in Costa Rica and close to San Jose. We decided to visit Braulio carillo and chose the second entrance of this park which is the easiest and most popular the Zurqui ranger station. It is just 12 miles (20 km) northeast of San Jose along the Guapiles Hwy (32) and we surprised with a mysterious but lovely animal (An anteater) that was hidden in a tree, this was the first time we ever saw an anteater in the wild such a lovely animal.
Written June 21, 2022
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Vanessa95126
Berkeley, CA6 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
I was generally not a fan of zip lining prior to my visit to this park. But these guys are simply the BEST. The safety precautions are top notch, the lines have brakes that automatically stop you (so folks like me with shoulder issues can do it pain-free), and the guides are super friendly. The park is gorgeous and full of life. On our week long trip this was the highlight!
Written January 7, 2020
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Paul M
New Hampshire24 contributions
Feb 2020
Very nice! Rode through the rainforest in a covered gondola. Saw/heard a couple animals but this is more of a botanical adventure. Guide was very informative and friendly. About an hour from San Jose' as I recall and a beautiful drive between the two points.
Written February 15, 2020
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Surie C
San Jose, Costa Rica6 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
My life partner was killed when a rotten tree fell. We were not advised that we should get out when it rains. Maintenance of the trails should trail should include checking on the health and safety of the trees around the trails. Ranger station didn’t had rescue kit. Ranger didn’t even know how to check her pulse. Worst day of my life. A living nightmare. Please be more aware. Hope it never happens again and this helps. Love You Allison.
Written June 26, 2018
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Eric O
Madison WI37 contributions
Braulio Carrillo NP is a huge expanse of park between San Jose and the Carribean coast. Much of it is inaccessible except to the most hardened hikers, climbers and rafters, but there are three points of entry that are much more straightforward for tourists who want the experience of entering a large swath of primary rainforest or cloud forest without either travelling too far or dealing with throngs of other tourists.

In the north, there's puesto Barva, which is near Sacramento. We unfortunately did not have the time to get up there. The scenery and experience would be quite different, as the northern areas of the park are roughly 3000 feet higher in altitude than the central and southern lowlands, offering a completely differnet ecosystem.

Along Highway 32 out of San Jose (to Guapiles) you'll pay a small toll and then you're in the park. There are two stations, one at the Zurqui tunnel, and one further northeast at Quebrada Gonzales. Zurqui has no public sanitary facilities, but has a very nice hiking trail. Gonzales has facilites and three trails. One trail loops into the forest to the south, the other two connect on the north end, and skirt the banks of the Rio Sucio. The Sucio is a bright orange, due to sulfur deposits, and some of the views of the river from the trail are quite striking. The trails are often steep, rocky, and wet, and on one of them it did require wading across a stream. It's also hot and humid, so dress accordingly. The combined trails by the rio sucio are about 3-5km, although will take longer than a comparable walk because of the changes in terrain. The area is also teeming with wildlife, so keep a sharp eye out for various birds, leafcutter ants, and reptiles. It's also a birder's paradise, so bring binoculars.

Parking/use of the park is roughly $6. The park is, however, not heavily-staffed, so don't leave your vehicle at locations other than the ranger stations. There are many breathtaking lookout points along the highway, viewing the Rio Patria and Cerro Cacho Negro - they're great spots for pictures but don't be tempted to wander off down impromptu trails - they're not monitored regularly, not maintained at all, and may make you easy prey for petty crime.

The views are, however, magnificent. Enormous vistas of green, even in the dry season (which, is never really dry). The mornings are often foggy and overcast, however.

At the southern end of the park are some commercial entites offering canopy tours. Not affiliated with the park directly, but close enough as to make no odds, these may be more family-friendly than a slippery hike into the rainforest. Additionally, since it's on the highway from San Jose to the coast, it's at the very least nice scenery and photo ops on a trip to Puerta Vieja or Tortuguero.

Regardless of how you visit, it's really a fantastic experience. It's a rare chunk of ecosystem filled with rare and unsual wildlife and plants, and it's less than 30 minutes from a major city.
Written December 21, 2006
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alook09
Chicago, IL38 contributions
Dec 2012 • Couples
We stayed overnight at Braulio Carillo within the National Park in their Rainforest Lodge. I'm not sure many people know that this is an option - you can stay in a bungalow in the middle of the rainforest for a very decent price (about $80/night)! The bungalows are very spacious and VERY nice. Probably the nicest accommodations we saw while in Costa Rica. It is PITCH BLACK at night and very quiet. Only the noise of the nature surrounding you! Staying there was a great experience.

When we arrived at the park we sat down with the staff and they put together a package deal for us. We stayed for two days - two nights in the lodge, had two tram rides with a guide, had a night walk with a guide, had all our meals at the restaurant on site, did white water rafting and zip lining. They gave us a GREAT deal for all of that. The rafting and zip lining was great!

The staff at the park is VERY service-oriented, friendly, and helpful. The food at the restaurant was good too. The park was not overrun by tourists and we had a quiet, relaxing time exploring the rainforest.

Highly recommended!
Written January 7, 2013
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GT2_Law
Atlanta, Georgia, United States103 contributions
Jun 2014 • Family
We went on the aerial tram tour. It offers breath taking views of the rainforest. You truly get to see the diversity of the rainforest from up high and down low while in the tram. This was a wonderful experience. We saw beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds flying by us. (Wear a red shirt and the hummingbirds will think you are a flower, at least, until you move.) We also heard the sounds of toucans and howler monkeys. Our guide was knowledgeable and very friendly. We did not have the opportunity to go on the trails but they looked well marked. We'll have to do that next time. This is a beautiful park. I highly recommend you visit it as a day trip from the San Jose area.
Written June 12, 2014
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Trek-Always
Alpharetta, GA2,510 contributions
Jan 2014 • Friends
We drove all the way through the park going north on highway 32. It is winding, crosses the continental divide, and quite lovely the whole length. We saw sloths, toucans, and many kinds of flora unique to this area.

We took a short hike on an old construction road just beyond Sibu Chocolate (a must see activity) in the cloud forest. On such a hike conditions are often muddy, rocky, and require good shoes and a rain jacket. Walking through dense, primary, tropical forest land is an experience to be treasured. Lots of flora and fauna to be seen up close.

It took about 2.0-2.5 hours from San Jose to drive all the way through the park not including side trips and stops. Worth the time.

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Written January 12, 2014
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