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“Scarlet Macaws!”

Carara National Park
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US$105.00*
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Private Tour: Carara National Park Bird Watching Tour
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Carara
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Owner description: 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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
“Scarlet Macaws!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

Well worth a visit to see Scarlet Macaws and other birds! Buy your ticket, then enter on the left side where the macaws come to feed.

Visited August 2013
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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“Guide Enrique shares passion for this park”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2014

We arrived at Carara just a few hours after landing in Costa Rica, and hired Enrique as a guide. As many have said, you won't spot the animals/birds in this park without knowing where to look, so his services made all the difference. The toucan and scarlet macaws, bats, even cicada are all high up in the trees, and only a trained eye can spot them and the scope is great at making them seem close up. Enrique's love of this park was contagious, and it was a pleasure to see someone so passionate about wanting to share the wonders of the area. We didn't hire a guide at other places, but this was a great start to our adventures!

Visited February 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Lovely jungle park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2014

We went here primarily to see scarlet macaws and were not disappointed. I highly recommend hiring a guide through the park for best wildlife viewings.

Visited March 2014
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“Great visit to the small park”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014 via mobile

Visited the Park with Park officials. Pleasant visit with nice trails and wildlife. The nest of the Guacamayos Rojos ( Lapas) were great to see!

Visited March 2014
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Albany, New York
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“Great Hikes/Lots of Wildlife”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2014

This park has a plethora of beautiful plants and wildlife that can be spotted with some patience and a keen eye. The trails are fun to hike, and take you through a variety of terrain. As a tropical dry forest, it rains much less here than it does in many of the other forests in Costa Rica.

The birds are out of this world. They can be hard to spot, but if you keep your eyes up, you'll eventually hear (and see) Macaws, as well as a variety of other exotic birds for which I only knew a few of the names. You'll also see coati, lots of iguanas, and interesting/colorful insects.

Go early in the day for the best chance to see macaws and other rarer species that are either nocturnal (and heading to sleep) or more likely to be spooked by crowds as more people arrive later on.

Visited April 2013
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