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Carara National Park provided by Jacamar Naturalist Tours Jacó

Carara National Park
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What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Your tour starts with hotel pickup for the drive to Carara National Park, which is known for its aviary species, making it an ideal place for bird-watching enthusiasts.  When you arrive, follow a naturalist guide on one of two possible trails to explore the bird life; each trail is about 2 miles (3.2 km). Look for different species with the help of your guide, who provides descriptions about the environment. Halfway through the hike, take a 20-minute rest stop to enjoy the scenery, and look for scarlet macaws, one of the park's most significant inhabitants.  Next, cross the Tarcoles Bridge to look down and spot crocodiles in the river. Then return to base camp for your provided home-style lunch. Your tour then ends with transport back to your pickup point.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 15373P28
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
National Park fees • Bottled water • Tropical Fruit • Professional guide • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Entry/Admission - Carara National Park
Duration
6h
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
National Park fees • Bottled water • Tropical Fruit • Professional guide • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Entry/Admission - Carara National Park
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
6h
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Minimum age is 6 years
Wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Most travellers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
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    Carara National Park
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    We drive for about 25 minutes from Jaco area to Carara National Park. This incredible protected area measures about 4,700 Hectares and is home to approximately 48% of Costa Rica’s aviary species. This tour will show you the importance of the region, as it is situated in a transitional region between the tropical dry forest and the humid pacific rainforest. Carara Preserve showcases colorful species of flora and fauna from a varied ecosystem. This sanctuary is populated by many different species of birds and animals, amongst them the white face and howler monkeys, iguanas, toucans and trogons. Carara also holds an important population of scarlet macaws, the main attraction in town. Carara stands out in its inclusion features, being the first National Park of Costa Rica with an universal trail.
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Joe S
Seattle, WA1,242 contributions
Ok park... not our favorite for birding.
OK time in Carera. Though a transition zone... not the OMG amazing birding experience one gets from Monteverde or Sarapiqui or Rancho Naturalista. Very cool is that it is an ‘accessible’ park with trails paved for wheel chair access and interpretative signs in Braille. Guides wait for tourists out front. Choose wisely. Our guide, Maurice, who has many positive reviews was loud, throwing banana peels into the trees, and going off trail numerous times... not cool
Written 4 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

AEBDelta
Delta, BC21 contributions
Flora and fauna
Dec 2019
My husband and I spent an easy day with our own Jacamar guide (Albarro). We visited Carara and then took the crocodile river cruise. Carara is a large park. The walk we chose was not too long and it was fairly easy, with some trails paved for wheelchair access. We saw leaf cutter ants busy farming, a small deer, and many birds, including a pair of scarlet macaws.

The river cruise was also very good and informational. Our time ended with a super lunch at the river cruise facility.
Written 26 December 2019
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William H
4 contributions
A day at the park
Dec 2019 • Couples
My wife and I had a great time at Carara national park. Our guide Jacob showed us Tuscans,Scarlet Macaws, and many other species of birds and animals. Jacob spoke good english and was very knowledgeable about the forest. After lunch we saw many crocodiles and was transported to our hotel in a very comfortable ac van.
Over all the day was wonderful and I highly recommend it.
Written 19 December 2019
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kate b
Port Perry, Canada46 contributions
Wait for it!!
Feb 2018 • Family
We went on this excursion a couple days after arrival. We wanted to see some natural life. We new there were thousands of species, but we only managed to see a few.Our tour guide Jacob made the walk far more productive by bringing his high powered telescope that he rigged up for us to take a couple of beautiful shots on our cell cameras. About 1/2 hour into the tour we reached a destination where he called out to some howler monkeys and boy did they respond! We were under and incredible canopy of about 20 monkeys all calling out to us. My daughter was so happy and that was the highlight of the day!!
Written 26 February 2018
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About the operator

This experience only has a few reviews, but you can read what other travellers have to say about the operator.

By: Jacamar Naturalist Tours Jacó
Traveljmr815
Traveljmr815
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Beautiful Costa Rican nature experience, excellent beaches and animal experience
We had a private driver take us to Manuel Antonio National Park. Aside from the extreme heat that day it was a love
Q8915IEjanetb
Q8915IEjanetb
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Mrs
Had a wonderful day at manuel national park Juan was amazing and took time to explain to us all different plants e
moveebuff
moveebuff
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Tiring due to the heat
Hoped to see many beautiful bird & exotic animals...didn't see much and had to wait our turn to look through a tele
595caitys
595caitys
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Great experience!
We had a great experience zip-lining with Jacamar Tours! They picked us up at our hotel, which was super convenient
Zita M
Zita M
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Great guides, beautiful scenery
We really enjoyed our horseback ride. Ronald and Hector were fantastic guides, with amazing knowledge of the flora
Mendicant04
Mendicant04
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Awesome horseback riding and zip lining at the foot of Arenal
We had such a great time as a family doing the horseback tour (1.5 hours) and then zip lining at Jacamar near Arena
SunnyFLCookie
SunnyFLCookie
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8 am morning horseback to see volcano
Our adventure was booked the night before through our hotel. We were just two minutes away from the Jacamar tour ce
Bill T
Bill T
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Fun trip and very educational. Great Experience!
We had a wonderful guide named Ronald. He worked with other guides in spotting wildlife during out walk through th
ShivaC2391
ShivaC2391
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Hot Springs were amazing...not worth the drive from Jaco
A tedious 3 hour drive from Jaco Beach was followed by an interesting and informative guided tour of the Arenal Par
G5960HBjulieb
G5960HBjulieb
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Great experience!
This was my first time zip lining. The staff (Ronald and Marvin) were so professional. I felt very safe and prepare
Diana B
Diana B
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Disappointed
Anticipated to see beautiful birds, animals~We didn't see much:(Thru our guides telescope a sloth hanging from a t
LucyPF
LucyPF
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a gong show
Was looking forward to visiting this park, however when we arrived at about 7:45 people had been lined up at the ga
225mrp
225mrp
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Wonderful experience
About an 45-60 minute drive from Jaco so an easy nice trip through a few fun towns on the way. On the way there we
Slumpkins
Slumpkins
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Vacation
Beautiful park, well maintained. Our guide was very nice and tried hard to make our visit nice but unfortunately he
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