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Carara National Park

Carara National Park and Tarcoles River 

Carara is one of the birders favorite parks in CR, considered one of the best spots in the Central Pacific and one of the best options for a full day of birding, it is accesible and productive! This area was created as a biological reserve on 1978 and it was re-categorized as a National Park on November 18th, 1998.

The Park is located in the Central Pacific and is bordered by Tarcoles river. This is where two different ecosystems converge, the tropical dry forets and tropical humid rainforest, this wonderful meeting produces high biodiversity. The easy walk paths offers good bird sighting, wildlife in general and stunning vegetation like giant Wild cashew and Fig trees.

Chesnut-backed Antbirds, Cocoa Woodcreepers, Great Tinamous, Orange-collared Manakins, Streak-chested Antpitta, Black-faced Antthrush, Yellow-throated Toucans and Scarlet Macaws are some of the species that this intense ecosystems produce.


• Las Aráceas

• Quebrada Bonita

• Laguna Meándrica

• Encuentro de ecosistemas

Universal wheelchair accesible trail: trail designed to all age groups, especially children, the elderly or persons with walking difficulty. Loop type trail of half a mile approximately.

Carara vicinity, Cerro lodge and Villa Lapas roads are excellent options to catch some open areas species including Gartered Trogons, Turquoise-browed Motmots, Parrots, Woodpeckers and Euphonias.

The Tarcoles river boat tour offers great chances to see – photograph Ringed Kingfishers, Common-black Hawks, Roseate Spoonbills, Tiger Herons, Boat-billled Herons and some Mangrove species including the endemic Mangrove Hummingbird (Amazilia boucardi)

Recommendations – SINAC (National System of Conservation Areas)

It is recommended to use comfortable clothes, tennis or hiking shoes.

  • Please stay on the trails.
  • Smoking is forbidden in all areas: vehicular parking, restrooms and trails.
  • Enter to the park with guns, alcoholic drinks, cigarettes, drugs, junk food. Conditions and exceptions are established by the National Park Administration.
  • Enjoy nature properly, do not touch plants or wildlife.
  • Take care of your belongings.
  • Do not interact with the animals, keep an appropriate distance from wildlife.
  • PROHIBITED feeding wildlife, including American Crocodiles in Tarcoles River