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Carara National Park

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Highway 34, Carara, Costa Rica
+506 2637 1054
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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 forest supporting both Amazonian and Mesoamerican habitats.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“manuel antonio” (38 reviews)
“scarlet macaws” (71 reviews)
“bird watching” (15 reviews)
LOCATION
Highway 34, Carara, Costa Rica
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+506 2637 1054
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"manuel antonio"
in 38 reviews
"scarlet macaws"
in 71 reviews
"bird watching"
in 15 reviews
"costa rica"
in 38 reviews
"main trail"
in 10 reviews
"bug spray"
in 14 reviews
"ranger station"
in 7 reviews
"white faced monkeys"
in 16 reviews
"bird species"
in 10 reviews
"bring water"
in 7 reviews
"dry season"
in 7 reviews
"poison dart frogs"
in 11 reviews
"flora and fauna"
in 13 reviews
"spotting scope"
in 11 reviews
"leaf cutter ants"
in 11 reviews
"great birding"
in 5 reviews
"nice walk"
in 7 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here to look for Macaws because it is “virtually guaranteed that you will see them.” However, the birds nest here and leave early (7am) to go look for food. Therefore, no macaws and very few birds at 9AM. We did see agouti and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Definitely the least interesting park amongst the ones visited during our trip to CR (Manuel Antonio, Corcovado, Tortoguero, Cahuita). We ended up hiring a guide at the entrance named Maurice/Mauricio as we had always enjoyed the company of one for our previous trips to parks....More

1  Thank Mario P
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A treasure trove of wildlife away from the crowds. Amazing sightings of Scarlet Macaws in the wild as well as capuchin monkeys. Our guide from Toucan Tours (arranged by Costa Rica Expeditions) was incredibly knowledgable, patient, and enthusiastic. A true National Park Gem.

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Reviewed 30 May 2018

The park offered a sky ride which was fabulous as you saw lots of bird life from a great height safely. The on board guide was great and pointed out the various bird life which was a bonus. After the sky ride you could go...More

Thank olie293
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Reviewed 24 May 2018 via mobile

My review is based around the fact Costa Rica is a beautiful country and there are still people who go above and beyond to make sure people enjoy it. Our guide Maurice could literally hear a bird and tell you what page it was on...More

1  Thank meinesdebare
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Reviewed 22 May 2018

We enjoyed practically a full day in the park during our recent trip to CR. We had the services of Armondo, a local guide but not of the park staff. Began at the River" parking lot where a local volunteer provided some security for vehicles...More

Thank wegoustay
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Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

The guide that was with us was very passionate about his work. Couldn’t done walk in the forest all by our lonesome. We went 2 adults with our 2 kids, 8 and 6 years old. We were expecting to see more monkeys and other wild...More

2  Thank Roxanne B
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Reviewed 10 May 2018

During our trip planning we noticed that Carara kept getting overshadowed by Manuel Antonio. While Carara does not have the sloth/monkey abundance that Manuel Antonio does, it is definitely worth a visit! Our guide, Carlos, was fantastic and was able to spot so many amazing...More

Thank Nicole F
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

For wildlife and nature Carara is the place to come! Get here early - the park opens at 7am - and you will have it almost to yourself for a couple of hours until the tour buses arrive. It will also be cooler and you...More

Thank LandyLover
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Reviewed 22 April 2018

Well worth the visit! Went early, got a guide (Maurico - 10/10), and saw loads of stuff. Four types of trogon, macaws, red-capped manakin, tinamou, a few types of hummingbirds, tiger heron, royal flycatcher, squirrel cuckoo, a few antbirds and tanagers, ghost bat, jesus christ...More

2  Thank Ryan A
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debbiesmith212018
12 March 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.
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LAAsh
2 March 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.
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Josh W
22 December 2017|
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Response from brendad288 | Reviewed this property |
I agree. In fact, I thinky it may take longer to get on the road so you are best off waiting to go the next day and this way you do not feel rushed.
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