Carara National Park Tour

Home to One of the Largest Remaining Populations of Wild Scarlet Macaws!


Rate per person from* $85

Costa Rica is home to 26 National Parks making up 25% of the country’s landmass. The Carara Biological Reserve is one of the most popular National Parks to visit in Costa Rica due to the immense amount of biodiversity found in the area and its easy accessibility. This protected area is home to 48% of Costa Rica’s bird species, and is also an ideal location to spot scarlet macaws, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, antbirds and manakins.

Get up early, so you can get to see as much wildlife as possible! Enjoy one hour drive through African palm oil plantations, rice fields, cattle ranches, and local villages on your way to Carara Biological Reserve. The park is in a transition zone between the tropical dry forest and rain forest and protects the river basin of the Tarcoles river, where you will be able to spot crocodiles!

Spend three hours along the two or three one mile trails through the reserve, home to one of the largest remaining populations of wild scarlet macaws in the country. Your guide will share stories about the park and the rich biodiversity found in this area. Their trained eye will help you spot the abundance of wildlife, and with just a little luck you’ll see snakes, lizards, frogs, deer, peccaries, monkeys, sloths. At the end of the hike you will stop for lunch at a local restaurant next to river Tarcoles, where you can enjoy a home cooked traditional Costa Rican meal.

This tour is available form Jaco and Manuel Antonio areas (different pricing applies). It’s also available as an adventure connection tour, when traveling between Arenal volcano area and Manuel Antonio. Great option for families (minimum four people) to fully enjoy their transfer! Ask your travel consultant for details and pricing.

Tour includes: round trip transportation, entrance fees, bilingual guides and naturalists, lunch, all equipment needed for birding and wildlife spotting, snacks and refreshments

What to bring: we recommend sturdy walking shoes, comfortable hiking clothes for the tropical rain forest, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, hat or visor, camera, and binoculars.

*Prices reflect current low season rates and are subject to change. The price you are quoted by our sales representatives will be 100% accurate based on the exact time of your inquiry. Price is per person, double occupancy accommodation and includes: all taxes, domestic transportation, tours and hotels. Price does not include international airfare, optional travel insurance, or credit card payment service fee.