Carara National Park Tour
Home to One of the Largest Remaining Populations of Wild Scarlet Macaws!
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 its easy accessibility and the immense amount of biodiversity found in the area. This protected area is home to 48% of Costa Rica’s bird species and is 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 a 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 rainforest and protects the river basin of the Tarcoles River, where you will be able to spot crocodiles!
Spend three hours along the 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 eyes will help you spot the abundance of wildlife, and with just a little luck you’ll see snakes, lizards, frogs, deer, peccaries, monkeys, or sloths. At the end of the hike, you will stop for lunch at a local restaurant next to the river Tarcoles, where you can enjoy a home-cooked traditional Costa Rican meal.
This tour is available from 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. A great option for families (minimum four people) to fully enjoy going from one part of Costa Rica to another! 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, refreshments.
What to bring: Sturdy walking shoes, comfortable hiking clothes for the tropical rainforest, insect repellent, sunscreen, hat or visor, camera, binoculars.
*Prices reflect the least expensive rates during low season and are subject to change at any time. You will receive a 100% accurate price when you inquire with us and share your travel dates. Final package pricing includes taxes, domestic transport, tours and lodging as described unless otherwise indicated. The package does NOT include international airfare or optional travel insurance or any other services not expressly mentioned.