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Braulio Carrillo National Park

Braulio Carrillo National Park

Braulio Carrillo National Park, Heredia Province

The Basics

Divided by one of Costa Rica’s busiest highways, Braulio Carrillo National Park is easy to access. One of the best ways to explore the area is to take the Aerial Tram, which is located on the park’s eastern side. Tram tours take you to three levels of rainforest, from the floor to the canopy, and include hikes as well as stops at a butterfly and hummingbird habitat, a reptile terrarium, and an orchid refuge.

Other tours include a cruise along the Sarapiqui River and a stop at animal sanctuaries in the nearby Black Madero wildlife reserve. To turn up the adventure, zipline over the forest canopy or take a whitewater rafting tour on the Chirripó River, which includes more than 20 class III rapids.

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Braulio Carrillo National Park 6-in-1 Pass with Optional Transfer from San Jose
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Braulio Carrillo National Park 6-in-1 Pass with Optional Transfer from San Jose
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Perfecto
The tour guide was very familiar with all species of wildlife. The zipline facilitators were extremely careful & trustworthy, making sure all guests got excellent pics & were safe at all times.
SABRINA_B, May 2023

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Perfecto
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Perfecto
SABRINA_B, May 2023
Braulio Carrillo National Park 6-in-1 Pass with Optional Transfer from San Jose
The tour guide was very familiar with all species of wildlife. The zipline facilitators were extremely careful & trustworthy, making sure all guests got excellent pics & were safe at all times.
I will recommend this tour. You will not regret it. The food is amazing at the restaurant also.
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I will recommend this tour. You will not regret it. The food is amazing at the restaurant also.
Alan_J, May 2023
Rainforest Adventures in Costa Rica Aerial Tram Tour Braulio Carrillo
Our tour guide was phenomenal. I am afraid of heights but he was very knowledgeable and able to distract me with his commentary. Highly recommended 👌🏽
Best Costa Rican tour
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Best Costa Rican tour
Doodnauth_N, Apr. 2023
Rainforest Adventures in Costa Rica Aerial Tram Tour Braulio Carrillo
It wa an experience of a lifetime. To see the mountains from above is heavenly, to see the wild animals like tapirs, ant eaters, and other animals up close was very thrilling. The butterfly garden was kind of small but to have plenty butterflies sitting on your arm was excellent. My granddaughter who is 11 years old was marveled. I would recommend this tour to anyone with children.The tour guide was very knowledgeable.
Zipping above the forest.
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Zipping above the forest.
James_V, Feb. 2023
Day Trip from San Jose to Braulio Carrillo Canopy Tour
The description and assistance from the zip lining crew was outsfanding. The view of the forest and river were absolutely great. Outstanding professional job of the entire zip lining crew.
Find your own transportation.
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Find your own transportation.
Raymond_P, Jan. 2023
Braulio Carrillo National Park 6-in-1 Pass with Optional Transfer from San Jose
Excellent experience. The only problem was that transportation. The way to the park was just over 1.5 hits and the way park to the hotel was about 2. The drops in San Jose to pick up the other passengers were really pretty miserable. Would have probably tried to find my own transport if I knew that was going to be the case.
Beautiful easy tour!
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Beautiful easy tour!
Lori_S, Apr. 2023
Rainforest Adventures in Costa Rica Aerial Tram Tour Braulio Carrillo
The tram gave an opportunity to see amazing views. Out guide Jamie was so knowledgeable. It was a lovely morning
The tour guide and...
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The tour guide and...
James_D, Aug. 2022
Zipline Tour in Braulio Carrillo National Park From San José
The tour guide and experience was amazing and very welcoming. I would highly recommend you try this and book this excursion. The food was also amazing
Very knowledgable guide...
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Very knowledgable guide...
Lena_H, May 2022
Day Trip from San Jose to Tortuguero National Park (Canals)
Very knowledgable guide who really made an effort to find animal both on the beautiful canal tour and at the rainforest walk.
Motion sickness
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Motion sickness
atlfergusons, Apr. 2022
Day Trip from San Jose to Tortuguero National Park (Canals)
We saw 3 wild sloths on our way, Carlos and Giovanni stopped the van on the road for us to take pictures. Bring money for bathroom breaks. Food and drinks were good. Bring motion sickness medicines because the van ride round trip is life threatening, Carlos was passING cars on the shoulder, across double lines, and played with the radio while driving. I will say it was a good time and I'm glad we went, but that bucket list has been checked off.
costa rica 2023
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costa rica 2023
Nona_B, Mar. 2023
Rainforest Adventures in Costa Rica Aerial Tram Tour Braulio Carrillo
hector is a very good tour guide he was very knowledgeable and have much patience with the group. cesar was a good driver as well
Flying high over the rain forest canopy
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Flying high over the rain forest canopy
Gerald_J, Nov. 2022
Braulio Carrillo National Park 6-in-1 Pass with Optional Transfer from San Jose
Pick up good and it’s a bit of a drive out to the National Park. Safety is priority on the zip lines. It’s a nice get away out of the city. Beautiful scenery and facility. Recommend
Magical ride in the rainforest
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Magical ride in the rainforest
Deirdre_G, Jan. 2023
Rainforest Adventures in Costa Rica Aerial Tram Tour Braulio Carrillo
Our family went to Braulio Carrillo our first morning in Costa Rica. The aerial tram ride was emersion into the rainforest and was fulfilling to the senses in every way. Our guide was knowledgeable and fun. We enjoyed every minute and it was a magical experience.
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Things To Know Before You Go

  • Wear proper hiking attire, and bring rain gear; there are often short rain showers, even during the dry season.

  • Trails can get steep and muddy and are generally poorly maintained; even experienced hikers are advised to go with a guide.

  • A small entry fee is required.

  • Restrooms and picnic areas are available at the park’s three ranger stations.

  • The aerial tram is wheelchair accessible.

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How To Get There

Braulio Carrillo National Park is located in Heredia Province, in central Costa Rica, about 31 miles (50 kilometers) north of San Jose. The drive—via Route 1 or Route 3 to Route 126—takes about 2 hours. Buses from San Jose’s Gran Terminal del Caribe stop at the Carrillo/Quebrada Gonzalez entrance, where there are two trailheads.

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When To Get There

Peak season in Costa Rica is from mid-December to April, which is the dry season. During the rainy season, from May through November, the park’s paths may be very muddy, but visitors can see the jungle at its most green and catch local wildlife at its most active.

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Park Facts

Covering an expanse of 117,375 acres (47,500 hectares), Braulio Carrillo includes a wide variety of habitats, from rain and cloud forests to river ecosystems. More than 500 species of birds make their home here, including resplendent quetzals and black silky-flycatchers. The park also boasts the largest elevation differential of any of the country’s national parks, from 118 feet (36 meters) in the jungle to 9,514 feet (2,900 meters) at the summit of the Barva Volcano.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Braulio Carrillo National Park?
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Attractions near Braulio Carrillo National Park:
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What else should I know about attractions in San Jose?
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As well as visiting the Braulio Carrillo National Park, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: