Carara is a National Park in the Central Pacific Conservation Area located near the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
Carara National Park was established on April 27, 1978 as a biological reserve, but its growing popularity after 1990 forced the government to upgrade its category to national park due to the massive numbers of tourist that visited it. Thus on November 1998 Carara was upgraded to national park category.
The park protects the river basin of the Tárcoles River, near Orotina and includes one of the largest remaining populations of wild Scarlet Macaw in the country.
The dense tree growth makes Carara a haven for many birds species, and the park is a popular bird watching destination. In addition to Scarlet Macaws, birds found in Carara include orange-chinned parakeets and other parrots, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, motmots, jacamars, manakins, antbirds, and several spieces of trogons. Several species of water birds inhabit the park as well. These include the anhinga, several species of heron, several species of egret and kingfishers.
Among the reptiles present in the park are the American crocodile and several snake and lizards species. Green and black poisonous dart frogs are among the amphibians present. Mammals include white-tailed deer, red brocket deer, collared peccaries, agouti, kinkajous, White faced capuchin monkeys, mantled howler monkeys, two toad sloth; However, mammals can be difficult to see due to the dense tree cover.
*Bilingual tour guide
*Entrance fee to National Park
4 People minimum, 40 minutes away
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