From San José: Carara National Park and Tárcoles River Tour

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Discover the wildlife, waterways, and luscious jungle of the Tárcoles River, and the Carara National Park on a small-group or private full-day guided walking and boat journey.


  • Be amazed by the large American crocodiles living in the Tárcoles River
  • Admire and learn about the Carara National Park's rainforest's biodiversity
  • Experience the best birdwatching destination just 1.5 hours from San José
  • Enjoy a relaxing boat ride through the mangrove forest
  • Enjoy the soothing sound of waves and dip your feet in the Pacific


We will start your journey by picking you up from your hotel in our 4x4 private car, and going on a scenic 1.5-hour drive along Route 27, making your way to your first stop at Carara National Park. Head straight out onto some flat walking trails suitable for all fitness levels and wheelchair users, and admire the biological reserve's abundant jungle life in person. Look up to the 40-meter high canopy, and keep an eye out for bright scarlet macaws, agouti rodents, stunning poison dart frogs, spider monkeys, dozens of birds, fantastic fungi, and huge wild cashew trees. Next, enjoy lunch like a local and eat at a traditional soda diner, where you have the option of eating fresh fish or seafood. Re-energized, lower your gears and enjoy a relaxing boat ride for some birdwatching on the Tárcoles River. Admire the river's mangroves, which are some of the most unique and scarce ecosystems of the world, and considered to be biodiversity hotspots. Keep a lookout for the 6-meter-long American crocodiles — the largest of the continent.


Small-group tour Biologist or naturalist-certified guide Optical equipment (binoculars or telescope) Hotel pickup and drop-off Transportation to the destination

Important Information

  • The tour takes place rain or shine

Easy cancellation

Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


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