Project Description

The last noteworthy portion of primary rain forest in the Central Pacific region is located within the very accessible Carara National Park (Parque Nacional Carara). It ranks among the most popular due to its close proximity to the capital city and easy access.

Carara National Park area is very interesting because it presents two life zones and a variety of birds, including one of the largest remaining wild populations of Scarlet Macaw in Costa Rica. Other wildlife you are likely to see include white-face capuchin monkeys, Spider Monkeys, Howler monkeys, toucans, parrots, aracaris, kingfishers and herons, which flourish in the coastal mangroves. Other animals found inside the park include peccaries, anteaters and poison-arrow frogs that hop tentatively around the moist forest floor.

The Carara National Park protects the river basin of the Rio Grande de Tarcoles, near Orotina, Puntarenas, on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Primary and secondary rainforest, lakes, rivers and waterfalls. Pre-columbian archaeological sites are scattered throughout the area.

It is truly a special place. The park’s name, loaned from the Huetar natives, means crocodile. Anyone who visits will understand the significance of the name as the Tarcoles River (Rio Tarcoles), which forms the northern boundary to the park, is inhabited by one of the largest crocodiles of the country almost year round.

Included in the tour:

  • Transportation (round trip)
  • Certified tour guide (German / Spanish / English)
  • Lunch
  • Swarovski Telescope
  • Entrance fee
  • CD with high quality  pictures ($10 extra dollars)

What to bring?

  • Camera
  • Hiking shoes
  • Insect repellent
  • Raincoat
  • Binoculars (not indispensable)
  • Comfortable light clothing


  • Starting at Quepos / Manuel Antonio. US$ 125 p/p.
  • For other pick up locations please contact us

Tour length:

  • 6 hours

Pick up time:

  • Quepos / Manuel Antonio – 07:00 am.
  • For other pick up locations please contact us

Difficulty level:

  • Easy


  • Minimum 2 people.
  • Limited space reserve on time.
  • As a Private tour also possible, for times & rates contact us.