Carara National Park has several ecosystems, such as: swamps, a lagoon, a gallery forest, secondary and primary forests. Thus, Carara features plant and animal species from both the tropical dry forest and the tropical humid forest. There is a tremendous abundance of wildlife in this area. Hundreds of species of trees, heliconias, tillandsia, orchids, insects, mammals and birds live in Carara. Some of these species are native only to the Central Pacific. The tour will take you through this spectacular primary rainforest on a non-strenuous 2.5 to 3 hours interpretive hike.
Length of Tour: Half a day.
Includes: Transportation, bilingual guides, lunch, and admissions.
Pick up time: Early morning.
What to Bring: Cameras, Sunscreen, Insect Repellent.
Level: Easy to Moderate.
|Number of people||Half day ||Full day |
|2 pax||$115 p/p ||$140 p/p |
|4 pax||$75 p/p||$100 p/p|
|6 pax||$60 p/p||$80 p/p|
For groups bigger than 6 pax, contact me.
FURTHER INFORMATION: Protecting a low mountainous area of 11,600 acres (4,700 hectares, 18 square miles) Carara is located on the Pacific coast, along the shores of the Grande de Tarcoles River, Southeast of the city of Orotina; or one hour northwest of Quepos and Manuel Antonio. This is the northernmost area of the Pacific lowland Humid Forest; where we find the transition with the dry North Pacific Coast and the very wet South Pacific Coast region.
Carara National Park is one of Costa Rica's most biologically-diverse National Parks. Famous for its large American Crocodiles, the Tarcoles River forms the Northern border of Carara National Park. Carara is one of Costa Rica's most popular National Parks, in large part due to its proximity to San José. This is also where many cruise ship's passengers are bused for a day trip when the liners dock just up the coast at Puerto Caldera, and a common destination for field trips by school children.
Carara is a favorite site for bird-watchers. A couple of reason are its ease of access, its position in a transition zone giving birders the chance to see residents of both habitats and the fact that Río Grande de Tárcoles has free flowing sections and its waters seep into seasonal marshlands and a shallow lake further expanding number of local habitats.
This land was donated to the parks service in 1978 by another branch of the government, the Instituto de Tierras y Colonización whose primary function was to redistribute large ranches obtained by the government to family farmers. Except along the river, the area was mostly old growth forest when El Coyolar ranch became Carara Biological Reserve (which later became a National Park). Carara takes its name from the Huetar Indian word for crocodile. I was first declared a Biological Reserve and later in the 1998 turned as a National Park
Carara was home for indigenous, so far there as have 15 archaeological site found within the park which belong to two phase in time: 300 years BC to 500 year AC, and a second phase from 800 to 1500 years AC. This archaeological sites haven´t been open to the public.
Elevations: 330 feet (100 meters) to 1,640 feet (500 meters).
Year averages temperature: 27⁰C
Year averages precipitation: 2,800mm