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Reserva Biologica Carara

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Address: Punta Arenas, Costa Rica
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+506 2637 1054

A coastal rain forest park.

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Good walk to see a lot of animals ang vegetation

This place has two areas. Main area has trails to walk about 2 hours if you like to see details of animals and trees, flowers. the enviroment es hot and dry on summer time but in... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
San Jose, Costa Rica
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This place has two areas. Main area has trails to walk about 2 hours if you like to see details of animals and trees, flowers. the enviroment es hot and dry on summer time but in rain season is great to walk around. The second area, 2km ahead on main road is a little wild and you can see a... More 

Thank Marco_Montero
Portland, Oregon
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31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

The park has a level, paved footpath making it easily accessible for people of all abilities. The trail makes one big loop and has some informative signs along the way. There are restrooms near the parking lot and also about halfway along the trail. I highly recommend hiring a guide to help you spot and identify all the birds, plants... More 

Thank nycflygirl
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 December 2016

Lovely reseve, friendly and helpful. Particularly liked explanation boards explaining about transitional zones forest suitable for both dry and wet zone plants and animals. The plants heights, the shapes, the shape of roots like mangroves, make this a place to spend many hours and take lots of photos. The fact that is off the beaten track make it a pleasure... More 

Thank puffin_10
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

Really close to Jáco by bus I found this national park really good to get to see Costa Rican wildlife.

Thank Nils M
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2015

Following a trail in the rainforest with a ranger was an exciting adventure - we were treated to views of many birds, an anteater high up in the canopy in a huge Guanacaste tree, a dozing Howler Monkey, a Coati loping along not far from the trail, and a number of other exotic mammals and birds, some of which we... More 

4 Thank Pamela T
Durham, North Carolina
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46 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 22 November 2015

We walked around in Carara for a few hours on our last day in Costa Rica, and got there at the worst time of day for birding. Nonetheless, our guide had an eye for the small, easily missed birds that were still moving about. We had a wonderful time with our guide, discovering new birds, plants, and bugs. We got... More 

Thank Sonja W
Silver Spring Maryland
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2015

Great 1/2 day walk to see Macaws and experience the rainforest. Close to the Central Valley, easy drive. Hire a guide- it makes all the difference!

1 Thank SilverSpring6
Barcelona, Spain
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26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2015

We spend 2 hours in the park - pathways are well prepared, and saw quite a lot of animals, amongst them a little Viper...

2 Thank Andreas_Letto
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3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 10 September 2015 via mobile

A good hiking tour for the family. Kids had a good time. We went off season donut was very muddy and buggy. Bring insect repellent. There were no guides available so we did a self guided tour. The plaques were well written and very helpful. The kids really enjoyed the leaf-cutter Ants. The highways of ants carrying leaves was astounding.

2 Thank Michael M
Costa Rica
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144 reviews
109 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2015

I learned at Ficus Trails, Monteverde Cloud Forest, that 3% of the world is a Rainforest and 2% a cloud forest. Carara is a rainforest so it will be hot and humid. The Sacarlet Macaws are magnificent birds and,like the rainforest and the cloudforest, highly endangered. Traveling during the wet season could be a problem because some of the trails... More 

6 Thank MissDWilson

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