Carara National Park and the Tarcoles River Crocodiles Safari will give you a glimpse into a fantastic eco-system. This combination will give you a glimpse of two different and amazing realms, the transition rainforests and wildlife of the Pacific and the aquatic kingdom of birds, green iguanas and American crocodiles.

Difficulty Rate

Great for

  • Birdwatchers
  • Nature Lovers
  • Photographers
  • Physically Challenged Passengers
  • Families with small children

Carara National Park Tour will take you into a unique ecosystem where you may see species of both, the dry tropical forest and the humid rainforest. And in the Tarcoles River, you will enjoy the peacefulness of mangroves, the graceful beauty of herons, egrets, and other aquatic birds and the might of the American Crocodiles that live in the brackish waters of the river.

At Carara, the hiking is easily done as it has universal access, and a lot of the walk goes on a very even paved trail. And the boats are very comfortable for all people.

In this combined tour, you may see:

Two and three-toed sloths, Agouti Paca, Armadillo, Collared Peccaries, White-tailed Deer, Poison-arrow Frogs, and howler and capuchin monkeys. And of course the American Crocodiles, Green Iguanas, and Pacific Coast Basilisisks

The birdwatching is quite remarkable; you may watch the fantastic scarlet macaws, the Collared and the Fiery-billed Aracari, Great Tinamou, Chestnut-backed Antbird, Black-hooded Antshrike, Turkey vulture, Long-billed Gnatwren, Keel-billed Toucan, and by the water, the gorgeous Anhinga, Tiger-herons,  Jacanas, Pied-billed Grebes, and Boat-billed Herons.

6:30 a.m.  –  Pick Up Time

8:00 a.m.  –  Arrival at the Carara National Park, bathrooms and initial explanations

8:15 a.m.  –  Start of nature and birdwatching tour

11:00 a.m. –  Exit of the trail, bathrooms and depart National Park.

11:15 a.m. –  Tarcoles River crocodile safari

11:45 a.m. –  Drive to the restaurant for a delicious typical Costa Rican lunch

1:15 n     –   Lunch

3.00 p.m.  –    Arrival to Quepos


Note: All hours are approximate

All our tour guides are certified by the I.C.T. (Costa Rican Tourism Board), they are experienced naturalists and with a genuine fascination for tropical nature. They all are updating their knowledge continuously as the biological information changes sometimes by the minute.

They also carry first-class optical gear that will help you enjoy in the fantastic details of the species upon the canopy of the rainforest.

And even more important they will give you a learning fun experience that will remain with you and your party forever.


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What to wear

  • Closed shoes (Hiking boots or tennis shoes)
  • Breathing fabrics and fresh clothes (Long pants and shirts better -mosquitoes-)
  • No jeans recommended
  • Hat or cap

What to bring

  • Camera and large memory cards
  • Binoculars
  • Sunscreen
  • Repellent