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Carara National Park (Parque Nacional Carara)

Carara National Park (Parque Nacional Carara) Tours and Tickets

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Located north of Jaco along the Pacific coast, Carara National Park is at the confluence of two important ecosystems—the steamy jungle of the southern coast and the dry tropical forest of Guanacaste. Walk along easy trails to spot outstanding wildlife including 400 bird species, sloths, capuchin monkeys, anteaters, parrots, and most notably, huge populations of scarlet macaws and crocodiles.

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Ranger station is open 7am - 4pm daily.
Highway 34, Puntarenas
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Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Rainforest Skywalk & Tarcoles River Eco Cruise

Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Rainforest Skywalk & Tarcoles River Eco Cruise

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Discover Costa Rica's enchanting Pacific rain forest from the air and water on this combo shore excursion from Puntarenas. Walk through the treetops on a series of hanging bridges at a private biological reserve, and then cruise down the Tarcoles River, home to a famous community of crocodiles. In between the eco adventures, enjoy time to shop and snack at a quaint replica of a Spanish colonial settlement.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD99.00
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USD99.00

Carara National Park

Carara National Park

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Visit Carara National Park on this 6-hour tour from Jaco. Nature lovers will delight in the variety of Costa Rican wildlife in the park, including the scarlet macaw. Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD69.68
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Carara National Park Tour

Carara National Park Tour

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Discover the wonders of Carara National Park during this guided tour. With a focus on birdwatching, your guide will help you spot the seasonal birds that visit this part of Costa Rica. Scarlet toucans, antbirds, motmots, and a variety of other species flock to this diverse area of the country. Avid avian appreciators can also opt to include an extended birdwatching experience up the Tarcoles River.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD30.77
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Puntarenas sightseeing tour

Puntarenas sightseeing tour

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We run small group tours with dedicated and very knowledge guides. this tour includes the highlights of the area with the minimal driving time. you will learn a lot of the country.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD45.00
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USD45.00

10 in 1 Puntarenas Highlights tour

10 in 1 Puntarenas Highlights tour

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Travelers wanting to experience the highlights of Puntarenas won’t want to miss this comprehensive tour. Over the course of the day you’ll visit or drive past wildlife-viewing spots, rainforest parks, beaches, markets and plantations, churches, town attractions, and more. If you’re short on time but don’t want to miss Puntarenas’ must-see spots, this is the tour for you.
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  • 20 minutes to 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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USD79.00
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USD79.00

Full-Day Carara National Park and Tarcoles River Tour

Full-Day Carara National Park and Tarcoles River Tour

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Our company focuses on going beyond what first meets the eye, this means that we'll guide you through the jungle with a naturalist spirit, full of curiosity and wonder. We have designed this experience to go deep into the tropical forest and also have a dose of relaxing but exciting time while jumping on a boat ride that will leave you amazed by the biodiversity and richness of a mostly overlooked destination. We carefully design every stop in order to support local families and businesses to get you closer to the costarican culture and to let our Pura Vida lifestyle embrace you. • The only birdwatching and wildlife One Day Tour to Carara National Park • Walk the trails of the most important forest in the Central Pacific side-by-side with our biologists • Embark with us on a boat journey • Relax at a secret beach • A percentage of the earnings goes to Funga Conservation, a non-profit foundation. • Small-group tour with a maximum of 4 people ensures an intimate experience
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  • 8 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD140.00
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USD140.00
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Carara National Park Birdwatching Group Guided Tour Experience.

Carara National Park Birdwatching Group Guided Tour Experience.

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Are you ready for birding in one of the best birding hotspots of Costa Rica? Carara National Park with their transitional forest offers an incredible diversity of flora and fauna where they converge species of dry and forest. It is considered from locals and visitor from around the world as one the best areas of Costa Rica for birding, on this tour, you will enjoy the vast bird fauna of Carara National Park area, with the help of our birdwatcher crew you will be able to spot, identify the different species like trogons, motmots, flycatchers, hummingbirds, and others as the day goes by. We will start our early in the morning with some strategical stops where our birding crew knows where to stop to give you interesting facts and key markings for recognition of birds and other fauna as well. This National park is the best area for any birdwatcher level from beginner to advance we will be happy to help in your birding expedition. Prepare your binoculars and book this tour now.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD175.00
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USD175.00

Carara National Park Birdwatching Private Guided Tour Experience.

Carara National Park Birdwatching Private Guided Tour Experience.

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As one of the best places for birding in Costa Rica, Carara National Park’s diverse ecology makes it a popular destination for spotting endemic and seasonal bird species. This tour begins early in the morning and stops at spots where you may see flycatchers, trogans, and hummingbirds. Your guide will have a Swarovski Crystals Scope that you can use throughout the experience, though be sure to bring your own binoculars.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD210.00
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Jungle & River Wagon Expedition. Puntarenas Shore Excursion

Jungle & River Wagon Expedition. Puntarenas Shore Excursion

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On a cruise in Costa Rica, stop off at Puntarenas for this jungle and river wagon expedition, with swimming and a boat ride included too. This is a half day excursion, where you’ll have several stops to see different things. First ride in the 24 seater wagon through the Tarcolitos River canyon, stop at the pool, then get to Carara National Park, and finish at El Jardin to buy souvenirs.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD120.00
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Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Tarcoles River Boat Tour at the Jungle

Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Tarcoles River Boat Tour at the Jungle

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Glide through one of Costa Rica's most famous birdwatching and croc-spotting destinations on this half-day jungle boat shore excursion from Puntarenas. Cruise with a naturalist guide along the forests and mangroves of the Tárcoles River, which borders Carara National Park and is home to a vast array of wildlife including crocodiles and more than 120 bird species.
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  • 5 hours
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USD135.71
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USD135.71
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Private Birdwatching Tour and Photography

Private Birdwatching Tour and Photography

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Today, get into the Monteverde Cloud Forest for this private birdwatching and photography tour. Your professional guide will take you to three areas to observe birds like quetzal, trogons, toucans, and black-bellied hummingbirds. This is a small group experience, lasting around six hours. Use the telescope provided by your guide to take closeups of the wildlife on your cell phone.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD155.00
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Local Birdwatching Tours with Mauro

Local Birdwatching Tours with Mauro

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We will visit a special place where emergent trees still exist and the animals got a balance in the ecosystem with enough resources. This place is home of more than 400 species of birds among those the second largest population of Scarlet Macaws in Costa Rica, Toucans, Motmots and the Antpitta such as examples. First, we will wake up early in the morning in order to pick up tourists at 5am in the hotel. Second, we will head to Carara National Park which opens at 7am where we will explore the main trails and spots inside the two different areas of the park to find and watch all the species possible during around 4 hours. After birding all the morning we will visit a costa rican homemade soda to have lunch and may go to another close spot around Tarcoles River before to come back to Manuel Antonio. There's also an option for those who want to know the local birds without driving long distances and it´s to explore the local hot spots that only local birders know and we know can be great
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD204.11
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Private Jungle Tour in the Carara National Park

Private Jungle Tour in the Carara National Park

Enjoy a private 2-hour jungle tour in the Carara National Park where you have an opportunity to observe the ecosystems of both a dry forest and a rainforest converge. This is the only place in the world where these two types of ecosystems meet.
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  • 2 hours
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USD121.53
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Crocodile Safari Expedition & Carara National Park. Private Tour

Crocodile Safari Expedition & Carara National Park. Private Tour

Your breath-taking, adventure begins with a pickup from your hotel and a relaxing private drive through the wonderful Costa Rican countryside. After 90 minutes’ drive from San Jose, you will arrive to Tarcoles River. The Tarcoles River is home to one of the world’s largest crocodile populations in the wild and they are very easy to admire during our 90 minutes boat tour. Get up-close with American crocodiles of all sizes, and observe an abundance of beautiful exotic birds! Enjoy spectacular rainforest scenery and cruise through dense mangrove forest canals. Spot jungle wildlife such as iguanas, lizards, and monkeys. After the tour, enjoy a delicious typical lunch and explore the souvenir store. Continuing our tour, a short drive to Carara National Park will allow us to get deep inside the rainforest in this unique ecosystem, where many beautiful wildlife species are common to see such as the Scarlet macaw, monkeys, snakes, armadillos and more.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD199.00
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Beach Day Tour in Pacific Ocean. Private Tour from San Jose

Beach Day Tour in Pacific Ocean. Private Tour from San Jose

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Trade the hustle and bustle of San Jose for a day on Jaco Beach. Picked up right from your hotel, you’ll sit back for the 90-minute drive to the coast, where sun and sand reign supreme. Lunch, afternoon coffee, all-day beach pass, and a private guide come standard on this tour, and should you like, opt to explore the city, go shopping for souvenirs, or relax by the pool.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD199.00
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Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Hiking in Carara National Park

Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Hiking in Carara National Park

Spend your Puntarenas port day exploring one of Costa Rica's premier birdwatching and croc-spotting destinations with a hiking tour in Carara National Park. Trek along nature trails that wind through the River Tárcoles basin as an expert naturalist guide helps you spot abundant native species like scarlet macaws, parrots, capuchin monkeys, and the jaw-snapping crocodiles that line the river’s edge. You’ll also get a taste of local cuisine with an authentic Costa Rican lunch.
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  • 5 hours
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USD107.14
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USD107.14
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Classic Costa Rica 8D/7N Vacation Package

Classic Costa Rica 8D/7N Vacation Package

Enjoy with us some of the best Costa Rica destinations, tours and experiences with this unique vacation package specially designed for nature lovers and adventurous people looking for an unforgettable experience in Costa Rica This vacation package includes 8 days and 7 night in high quality hotels, exclusive tours, meals listed in itinerary, professional naturalist tour guides, all entrance fees, deluxe transportation service and the visit the beautiful following Costa Rican destinations: San Jose, Fortuna Town and Arenal Volcano and Jaco Beach
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  • 8 days
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USD1,480.00
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USD1,480.00

Jungle & River ATV Exploration & Crocodile Safari. Puntarenas Shore Excursion

Jungle & River ATV Exploration & Crocodile Safari. Puntarenas Shore Excursion

An ATV tour of Carara National Park lets you explore off-the-beaten-path of this Costa Rican gem. After a safety and instructional briefing, take your ATV on a guided tour along rugged jungle trails, past teak plantations, and over 14 river crossings, stopping to admire views and beaches along the way. Then, head down the Tarcoles River on a boat tour for a chance to spot crocodiles, monkeys, and more.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD175.00
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P.N. Day Tour Carara & beach

P.N. Day Tour Carara & beach

One-day tour to visit the Carara National Park, Manuel Antonio-style rain forest but more wild. Afternoon free to enjoy the beaches of the Pacific. Departures from any hotel in San José. It includes breakfast. We will pick you up at your hotel in San José to travel to the Pacific. We will stop for breakfast while watching the crocodiles in their natural habitat. In the morning we will do a tour with a local guide through the P.N. Face where we will learn and discover the flora and fauna of the place, we hope to see monkeys and many parrots. Once the National Park tour is over, we will enjoy the beach until the time you want to return to San José. You can choose between beaches with restaurants and cocktails or virgin beaches. During the tour, you can make the stops you need, it is your tour and we will be happy to offer you a dream trip totally adapted to you. In San José, we will leave you again at your hotel.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD225.00
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USD225.00
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Helicopter Tour Over Rain Forest & Beaches 1 hour flight. Private Tour

Helicopter Tour Over Rain Forest & Beaches 1 hour flight. Private Tour

Have the best experience of your trip to San Jose, Costa Rica, taking this unique and beautiful private Helicopter Tour over the Rainforest, Rivers and Beaches of the Pacific Coast. This flight takes you over the Tilarán Mountain Range. You'll see the Pacific Coast and Tarcoles River, with its huge crocodiles near the bridge and river mouth. This flight covers 80 miles. From 1200 feet above the ground you get a great birds eye view of the surrounding area which will include areas of farmland and rainforest. We can accommodate 2-3 passengers at a time. For larger groups please contact us. Make sure to bring your camera for some great photo opportunities. We offer headsets to communicate with each other and the pilot will provide an informative narration of the flight, that will last about 1 hour.
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  • 2 hours
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USD925.00
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USD925.00
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Jungle & River BUGGY Exploration. Private Tour from San Jose

Jungle & River BUGGY Exploration. Private Tour from San Jose

Your breath-taking, adventure begins with a pickup from your hotel and a relaxing private drive through the wonderful Costa Rican countryside on an air-conditioned transportation and recent model deluxe vehicle or mini bus. Destination will be Tarcoles River and Playa Bochinche In our adventure center, before you begin your journey, you will receive instructions and then take a test run on our specially designed private track. From here on, your guide will lead you along the jungle trails, Teak plantations, 14 crossing rivers sometimes-bumpy, dirt paths real rainforest, viewpoints and 2 different beaches. If weather allowing, you can take a quick swim at Bochinche Beach, a pristine and almost private beach where we will have a break. The driving time and Buggy tour last 2 hours. After the experience, you will enjoy a delicious lunch before to make the way back to your hotel in San Jose.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD225.00
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USD225.00
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Guided visit to Carara National Park (Ticket included)

Guided visit to Carara National Park (Ticket included)

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This is an incredible experience for lovers of nature and animals, we will be able to observe monkeys, snakes, various types of birds, among the most iconic is the scarlet macaw which has made this place its home. Apart from the large number of animals, we will see how the transition between the dry tropical forest and the humid tropical forest takes place.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD44.00
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USD44.00

Carara National Park Private Tour

Carara National Park Private Tour

Our experienced guides will help you identify the different species by their shapes and colors, as well as the recognition of their calls. On this half day tour they will be able to walk the different trails that the park offers including the universal access path. The beautiful songs that make the yiguirro, (Clay colored Thrush) our national bird. Come with us, learn about our birds and be part of this wonderful experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD70.00
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USD70.00

Jason Crocodile Tours

Jason Crocodile Tours

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This is one of the most sought after tours in our country! You have to see the interaction of Jason Vargas, the first "Crocodile Man" of the Tárcoles River, with all the crocodiles that we see on the tour, we have more than 20 years of experience in this wild activity and dozens of appearances on Discovery Channel, NatGeo , Animal Planet and the BBC in London, which guarantees excellent quality and a pleasant experience during your visit to Costa Rica!
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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USD35.00
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Carara National Park (Parque Nacional Carara) hours of operation: Ranger station is open 7am - 4pm daily.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.