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Carara National Park

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Address: Pacifico Central de Costa Rica | 17 km de la intersección de Coyolar carretera a Jacó, Tarcoles, Costa Rica
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Good first day in Costa Rica

Breaking up the drive from San Jose to Quepos we stopped at Carara National Park after stopping at the Crocodile Bridge in Tarcoles. The place was empty. After reading the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Jacksonville, Florida

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Jacksonville, Florida
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47 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Breaking up the drive from San Jose to Quepos we stopped at Carara National Park after stopping at the Crocodile Bridge in Tarcoles. The place was empty. After reading the reviews I was leaning towards NOT hiring a guide but am SOOO very glad we did. Franklin was the "Rain forest whisperer" we saw things that we would have NEVER... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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46 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can never tell what you'll see when strolling through the park. We appreciated the relaxed atmosphere and easy parking at the park entrance. Far different from the crazy chaos approaching Manuel Antonio Park located to the south.

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Lake Forest, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

On January 27, 2017 we visited. Bring bug juice and sun screen. Be prepared for a long walk, mostly flat and easy. Bring water! Before heading out, tuck your pants into your socks to help prevent ticks from getting onto you. We saw so many bird species that without our guide it would have been impossible to i.d. them. Also... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

We arrived too late to get a guide into the park. So we walked on our own. We were told we could do only two out of the three circuits, which we did. Saw some agouti's and woodpecker. also did see Macaw. But the best was when we almost exited the park. We bumped into an anteater. That was the... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Carara National Park is a gem hidden in plain sight. Most people drive right by it on the way from San Jose to Jaco or other southern Pacific beaches. It is worth a stop. Excellent trails and the Tarcoles River, with its stunning macaws. Carara is ideally situated between the drier northern Pacific and wetter southern Pacific, with a huge... More 

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Cambridge
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

We saw nesting scarlet macaws and capu hin monkeys, among other wildlife. Spectacular trees! Highly recommended, also easy to reach including from San Jose

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Thank CaribbeanFreunde
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

Range Rover in the parking lot? You're in for a treat, for $25 each + $10 for admission you'll get a fantastic guide. His English is perfect and he actually calls out to the birds and they respond. Agouti, Capuchins, tapir, sloth (very rare) and bats, birds, macaws...this man knows the trails...because he made them.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

We hired Carlos Z for a birdwatching specific tour through Carara. We had planned on only a two hour outing. It ended up being a four hour journey. After Carlos picked us up and delivered us to the Park, the bird sightings never stopped. From the elusive tinamou to nesting scarlet macaws, this Park lived up to our expectations. Also... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Wonderful trails to walk through. There are 3 trail loops which are interconnected. You can walk the whole park in about 2-1/2 hrs or just take your time. Saw spider monkeys, sloths, and incredible bird and butterfly life

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

We had a fantastic 2.5 hour hike in the Forest with Mauricio. He is an expert birder and spotted several rare species as well as the common ones. He carries a spotting scope on a tripod to get close up views of the wildlife high in the canopy and he knows how to use your cell phone with the scope... More 

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