Due to it’s biodiversity and partly to its easy access from San Jose, this is one of the most popular parks in the country! Carara National Park is the northernmost, intact, Pacific rainforest in Costa Rica. The 4700 protected hectares straddles a transitional area where the northern tropical dry forests meet with the lowland Pacific rainforest. This unique combination is why it is home to nearly 50% of Costa Rica’s bird species, Two-toed Sloths, Armadillo, Agouti, Pacas, Kinkajou, Great Anteater,Tayra, Margay cat, White-tailed Deer, Collared Peccary, Poison-dart Frogs, and of course, monkeys!
Duration5 Hours from 7 am to noon
InclusionsTransportation, bilingual guide, park entrance, and water
What to BringBinoculars, Camera, Hat, Insect Repellent, Hat, Neutral Colored Clothing, (During rainy months: light rain jacket, plastic bag for camera/phone)
DifficultyEasy (main trails are flat and paved for persons with mobility issues)
Please NoteDuring the rainiest months (August-October) parts of the trail may be closed due to river swelling and washout
Nature Hike With Birds & Animals Galore
Your bilingual tour guide will pick you up at your accommodation in Jaco Beach at 7 am. From there it is just a 15-20 minute drive to the National Park. These trails are easily to hike and absolutely loaded with wildlife! Your bilingual guide will point out the flora & fauna of interest as you make your way through this wonderful bit of land.
Carara is a hot-spot for die-hard birders, which is great for the casual enthusiast! Most advanced birders are more than happy to impart information and point out those hard to spot species to people who show any interest. Some common birds finds are Collared Aracari, Fiery-billed Aracari, American Egrets, Great Tinamou, Turkey vultures, Long-billed Gnatwren, Chestnut-backed Antbird, Black-hooded Antshrike, Keel-billed Toucans, Anhinga, Jacanas, Pied-billed Grebes, Mexican Tiger-bitterns and Boat-billed Herons.
After a couple of hours spent in the park bird and animal watching, your guide will take you to the northern edge of the park’s territory, the “Crocodile Bridge”, where you will be able to look down upon dozens of large, American Crocodiles!
This is a fun, light, and easy nature hike that will have you back in Playa Jaco by lunch time with enough energy to go on a second adventure!