Central Valley Sights

Carara National Park (Parque Nacional Carara)

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Fodor's Review

Sparse undergrowth here makes wildlife easier to see than in most other parks, although proximity to major population centers means that tour buses arrive regularly in high season, prompting some animals to head deeper into the forest. Come very early or late in the day to avoid the crowds. Bird-watchers can call the day before to arrange admission before the park opens. If you're lucky, you may glimpse armadillos, basilisk lizards, coatis, and any of several monkey species, as well as birds such as blue-crowned motmots, chestnut-mandibled toucans, and trogons. A network of trails takes 15 minutes to four hours to navigate. The park has guides, but you must arrange their services in advance. Camping is not permitted. For more information, see the highlighted listing in this chapter.

Sight Information


East of Costanera, just south of bridge over Rio Tárcoles, Orotina, 20501, Costa Rica



Sight Details:

  • $10
  • Daily 7–4


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