Carara National Park
Size: 4700 hectares of land
Dry season: January through March
Distance from San Jose: 110 kilometers.
Originally conceived as a biological preserve in 1978, changed its park management systems some years after. A transition from the dry forest to tropical rain forest, Carara consists of 5242 hectares with three different life zones and many tree species valued for their wood, as ojoche, Guanacaste, Cristobal and purple heart.
Outstanding among the wildlife park are white-faced monkeys, ocelots, peccaries and, perhaps most representative, scarlet macaws, which can be seen with relative ease in the park and on the Osa Peninsula. Visitor services offered in the park include parking, information, a park ranger station, drinking water, toilets, picnic areas, viewpoints, sign age and walks, such as Las Araceas (1,200 meters) and Quebrada Bonita (1,500 m).
Amazonian and Mesoamerican influences converge at Carara Natural Reserve rendering an amazing display of wild animals packed transitional forest. The 11613-acre (4,700 hectare) refuge protects a combination of dry and wet climates and their representative species.
Flat terrain and well-marked hiking trails lead you through Carara, as you know capuchin monkey, spider and howler monkeys, coatis, ocelots, poison dart frogs, great anteaters and peccaries. Bird fanatics will be located in paradise with toucans, kingfishers, fiery billed aracari, parrots and scarlet macaws flying through the forest. As if that was not enough, the nearby mangroves and wetlands also provide a home for more than 400 species of birds, as the largest collection of wild birds in Central America.