Carara National Park Tour

Carara National Park Tour

The Carara National Park is situated between Amazonian and Mesoamerican habitats, placing it within a transition zone that harbors a unique blend of flora and fauna. During this tour, participants will be able to explore the park’s trails and get a look at the plants and creatures that call it home.

Featured in:Nature Walk, Carara National Park
5 hrs
Available Days:
Every day
8:00 AM
Hotel Transport Included
Mobile Ticket Included
Offered in English, Spanish

You’ll be picked up from your hotel and driven to the park, which takes about 2 hours. Once at the park, you can choose between two trails to explore, each of which is approximately 2 miles (3 km) in length. As you walk, your guide will stop to point out plant and animal species and offer explanations about ecological relationships. Birders will be happy, as the Carara National Park is home to some 48% of Costa Rica’s avian species; indeed, one of the highlights of this tour is seeing red macaws flying overhead or in trees.

Loaned from Huetar natives, the park’s name means crocodile. Appropriately enough, there is a huge population of crocodiles that live within the nearby Tárcoles River. After exploring the park, you’ll walk along a bridge that looks down onto the river and its scaly inhabitants – a wonderful place to take postcard-quality pictures.

Following this side trip you’ll return to the park’s base and enjoy a delicious home-style lunch. Once you’re full and ready, you’ll be driven back to your hotel.

The pick up time for this tour is 7:30 AM. There is a 2 person minimum and 25 person maximum. It is of moderate difficulty and lasts about 6 hours.

Attraction Visited

Carara National Park

The last noteworthy portion of primary rain forest in the Central Pacific region is located within the very accessible Carara National Park (Parque Nacional Carara). It ranks among the most popular due to its close proximity to the capital city, however, if you can beat the crowds, the experience and wildlife which runs rampant throughout the park will impress any nature enthusiast.

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What to Bring

Sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, hat, visor, insect repellent, and hiking shoes.

What's included

Transportation, bilingual guides. Lunch is only included if travelling from/to Manuel Antonio using the tour operator's transportation service.


Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “BOOKING REQUEST” for full details.

Traveler Comments

Had an excellent guide named Sylvia. We got to see a lot of wildlife including Macaws, and poison dart frogs

- KATHY M, MAR 2018
The Carara National Park is situated between Amazonian and Mesoamerican habitats, placing it within a transition zone that harbors a unique blend of flora and fauna.Carara National Park Tour21
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