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Carara National Park

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Address: Highway 34, Carara, Costa Rica
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+506 2637 1054
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Carara National Park is south of the Rio Tarcoles and 15 km north of Jaco...

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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Find Juan Castro to be your tour guide!

Juan Castro made our trip to Carara National park one of the highlights of our grand trip to Costa Rica. His knowledge of the forest and its inhabitants as well as the ecosystem... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Esparza, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Juan Castro made our trip to Carara National park one of the highlights of our grand trip to Costa Rica. His knowledge of the forest and its inhabitants as well as the ecosystem is amazing. We saw a sloth, Scarlett macaws, poison dart frog, a "hairy butt" leaf cutter ants, black and white bats and on and on. Make sure... More 

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Missoula, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We are just back from roaming about CR visiting many of the wildlife reserves and national parks. We were a group of 9 with 3 kids [ ages 9 - 12] and 6 adults. All of us have an avid interest in wildlife and plants. What luck to link up with an independent guide named Juan Castro! I could have... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Only 3 of our family of 5 decided to go to Carara after our day at Monteverde yesterday. Almost the moment we entered the forest it began to rain, almost as though it was scripted. We thoroughly enjoyed our walk along the trails in the park. We saw many different leaf cutter ant trails, agouti, monkeys (too high up to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I found Maurice through trip advisor reviews and contacted him in advance. He ended up planning other adventures (like the ATV rides), cooking the most amazing food for our group with his wife in our villa, providing transportation and more. Regarding the rainforest tour - it was incredible how he could spot things from far. It would not have been... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Look for the vintage Land Rover, if you see it, Freddy is near! Well spoken in English and French a wonderful guide who had us spotting Bats and Iguana while we were still in the parking lot! $10 us admission to the park and $25 for Freddy got us a nearly 2 hour tour! It was the day before Christmas... More 

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Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived at 9 and were immidiately adressed by a kind man, who turned out to be the famous Freddy. So we said yes to his 50$ guiding offer. A bit expensive maybe, but it turned out to be worth it. We saw howling,spider and capucin monkeys. 2 kinds of bat , one a for me unknown white species. Agouties,... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While on a recent trip to Costa Rica we made a trip to Carara National Park. It is on the main highway near the village of Tarcoles. We went specifically to see exotic birds and we did just that. We hired a guide at the ranger station (highly recommend) and he took us exactly where we needed to go to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

For 25usd p/p Maurice will take you on a tour of Carara National Park, and provide water and a fresh fruit snack. He will show you things you would never be able to see without a guide as he knows the habitat. He explains the eco system and some of the history of the park. In a 4 hour trip... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

This national park is smaller than Manuel Antonio, but way less crowded. We used the guide services of Exon Torres of Ecowonders Travel. He is knowledgeable, pointing out botanically interesting trees, ferns and shrubs, along with the fauna that does not always comply ("you are visiting nature and not a zoo" was his statement). Saw a well fed boa that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Our expert birding guide, Johan Chaves, led us through a wonderful morning of bird sightings that we found to be extremely valuable and pleasurable. If you are a birder visiting Costa Rica, we would highly recommend location Johan's web site and scheduling a trip with him to this great National Park. We travel a great deal internationally for birding and... More 

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