About This Tour
Carara National Park area is very interesting because it presents two very accessible life zones and a large number of micro-climates, 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. After the visit to the park we go by boat to take a close look of the giant but shy crocodiles, along the river and the mangrove borders there is also a great variety of other animals easy to observe and photograph.