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Carara National Park (Parque Nacional Carara) Tours and Tickets

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Located north of Jaco along the Pacific coast, Carara National Park is at the confluence of two important ecosystems—the steamy jungle of the southern coast and the dry tropical forest of Guanacaste. Walk along easy trails to spot outstanding wildlife including 400 bird species, sloths, capuchin monkeys, anteaters, parrots, and most notably, huge populations of scarlet macaws and crocodiles.

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Carara National Park

Carara National Park

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Visit Carara National Park on this 6-hour tour from Jaco. Nature lovers will delight in the variety of Costa Rican wildlife in the park, including the scarlet macaw. Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.68
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$69.68

Rainforest Skywalk & Tarcoles River Eco Cruise Tour Puntarenas Shore excursion

Rainforest Skywalk & Tarcoles River Eco Cruise Tour Puntarenas Shore excursion

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Discover Costa Rica's enchanting Pacific rain forest from the air and water on this combo shore excursion from Puntarenas. Walk through the treetops on a series of hanging bridges at a private biological reserve, and then cruise down the Tarcoles River, home to a famous community of crocodiles. In between the eco adventures, enjoy time to shop and snack at a quaint replica of a Spanish colonial settlement.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
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$99.00

10 in 1 Puntarenas Highlights tour

10 in 1 Puntarenas Highlights tour

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With 18 years leading the best experiences we are the local experts and still with a big passion of showing the nicest sights of beautiful Costa Rica, we have earned the certificated of excellence by TripAdvisor since 2011 when they created it till now, the only agency in town with such an award. We ensure a personal experience on small group tours, wildlife interaction and deep inclusion to the rain forest ecosystem by profesional nature guides, premier transportation with a/c, wifi, large reclining seats and more, also we dont use more than 70% of the passengers capacity of our tour vans/coaches due our total satisfaction guarantee.
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  • 20 minutes to 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.75
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$69.75

Puntarenas or Caldera Highlights Shore Excursion. Best 6-in-1 Combo Tour

Puntarenas or Caldera Highlights Shore Excursion. Best 6-in-1 Combo Tour

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Maximize your port day in Puntarenas with this jam-packed combo tour that introduces you to the best of the Gulf of Nicoya. Drive through the Costa Rican countryside to a nature reserve, explore the rain forest canopy on hanging bridges, and spot crocs on a cruise down the Tarcoles River. Check out local culture with shopping stops at a replica Spanish Village and fun souvenir store, and finish with a city sightseeing tour.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$115.00
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$115.00

Carara National Park Tour

Carara National Park Tour

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Best bird watching tours in Costa Rica with native guide to spot endemic species. Guides will be able to spot seasonal birds and wildlife, making this the best tour on your trip.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.77
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$30.77

Sunset Tour to Playa Fantasia on Sealounge Catamaran

Sunset Tour to Playa Fantasia on Sealounge Catamaran

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Turn your vacation vibes up a notch with this catamaran tour from Jaco to the secluded Fantasia Beach. Relax in a premium catamaran as you sail out on the ocean, and then catch sight of wildlife like turtles and monkeys while eating a lunch prepared by a private chef on a forested beach only accessible by boat. This tour even includes a bar for the ultimate in relaxation.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$129.00
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$129.00

ATV Adventure & Horseback Riding with Waterfalls Combo Tour

ATV Adventure & Horseback Riding with Waterfalls Combo Tour

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The countryside around Jaco Beach is ideal for an outdoor adventure and this action-packed tour includes two fun activities in one day. Saddle up for a scenic horseback ride through the mountains, hike down to a natural waterfall, and cool off with a swim beneath the falls. Next, take the wheel of an ATV for a thrilling off-road excursion along mud tracks, jungle trails, and coastal roads with spectacular ocean views.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$140.40
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$140.40

SJO to Jaco private transportation or vice versa

SJO to Jaco private transportation or vice versa

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Simplify your arrival in (or departure from) Costa Rica with this handy private transfer from San Jose Airport to your destination in Jaco. Instead of wasting time waiting for taxis or buses when you’re carrying luggage and tired from your trip, just look out for your driver in the arrivals area and hop on board a comfortable private shuttle bus.
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  • 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$119.00
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$119.00
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Full Day Tour to Tortuga Island from Jaco

Full Day Tour to Tortuga Island from Jaco

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Whether you want to relax or be more active, this full-day catamaran tour to Tortuga Island from Jaco delivers. The island has some of the most unspoiled beaches in Costa Rica, ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Make use of the jacuzzi on board and go for a fun banana boat ride if you wish. This is a fun day out that couples and groups of friends will love.
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$128.21
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$128.21

Puntarenas sightseeing tour

Puntarenas sightseeing tour

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We run small group tours with dedicated and very knowledge guides. this tour includes the highlights of the area with the minimal driving time. you will learn a lot of the country.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.98
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$38.98

Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Tarcoles River Boat Tour at the Jungle

Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Tarcoles River Boat Tour at the Jungle

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Glide through one of Costa Rica's most famous birdwatching and croc-spotting destinations on this half-day jungle boat shore excursion from Puntarenas. Cruise with a naturalist guide along the forests and mangroves of the Tárcoles River, which borders Carara National Park and is home to a vast array of wildlife including crocodiles and more than 120 bird species.
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  • 5 hours
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$182.81
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$182.81
Price varies by group size

Carara National Park Birdwatching Group Guided Tour Experience.

Carara National Park Birdwatching Group Guided Tour Experience.

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Are you ready for birding in one of the best birding hotspots of Costa Rica? Carara National Park with their transitional forest offers an incredible diversity of flora and fauna where they converge species of dry and forest. It is considered from locals and visitor from around the world as one the best areas of Costa Rica for birding, on this tour, you will enjoy the vast bird fauna of Carara National Park area, with the help of our birdwatcher crew you will be able to spot, identify the different species like trogons, motmots, flycatchers, hummingbirds, and others as the day goes by. We will start our early in the morning with some strategical stops where our birding crew knows where to stop to give you interesting facts and key markings for recognition of birds and other fauna as well. This National park is the best area for any birdwatcher level from beginner to advance we will be happy to help in your birding expedition. Prepare your binoculars and book this tour now.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
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$99.00

Local Birdwatching Tours with Mauro

Local Birdwatching Tours with Mauro

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We will visit a special place where emergent trees still exist and the animals got a balance in the ecosystem with enough resources. This place is home of more than 400 species of birds among those the second largest population of Scarlet Macaws in Costa Rica, Toucans, Motmots and the Antpitta such as examples. First, we will wake up early in the morning in order to pick up tourists at 5am in the hotel. Second, we will head to Carara National Park which opens at 7am where we will explore the main trails and spots inside the two different areas of the park to find and watch all the species possible during around 4 hours. After birding all the morning we will visit a costa rican homemade soda to have lunch and may go to another close spot around Tarcoles River before to come back to Manuel Antonio. There's also an option for those who want to know the local birds without driving long distances and it´s to explore the local hot spots that only local birders know and we know can be great
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$204.11
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$204.11

Full-Day Carara National Park and Tarcoles River Tour

Full-Day Carara National Park and Tarcoles River Tour

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Our company focuses on going beyond what first meets the eye, this means that we'll guide you through the jungle with a naturalist spirit, full of curiosity and wonder. We have designed this experience to go deep into the tropical forest and also have a dose of relaxing but exciting time while jumping on a boat ride that will leave you amazed by the biodiversity and richness of a mostly overlooked destination. We carefully design every stop in order to support local families and businesses to get you closer to the costarican culture and to let our Pura Vida lifestyle embrace you.
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  • 8 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
Price varies by group size
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$65.00
Price varies by group size

Private Birdwatching Tour and Photography

Private Birdwatching Tour and Photography

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I want to invite you to have a wonderful day with us, Discover the beauty of bird watching whether you are an amateur or a professional in the company of expert birding guides. Costa Rica is a favorite destination for bird watching enthusiasts. An eager disposition and readiness to spot some tropical birds and some great binoculars are all you need to see some of the most beautiful birds in the world in some of the most beautiful places in Costa Rica. Come prepared to encounter a colorful array of endemic and migratory birds like the Quetzal, black-bellied hummingbird, Trogons, Macaws and Toucans. All our groups are small
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$155.00
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$155.00

Carara National Park Birdwatching Private Guided Tour Experience.

Carara National Park Birdwatching Private Guided Tour Experience.

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Are you ready for birding in one of the best birding hotspots of Costa Rica? Carara National Park with their transitional forest offers an incredible diversity of flora and fauna where they converge species of dry and forest. It is considered from locals and visitor from around the world as one the best areas of Costa Rica for birding, on this tour, you will enjoy the vast bird fauna of Carara National Park area, with the help of our birdwatcher crew you will be able to spot, identify the different species like trogons, motmots, flycatchers, hummingbirds, and others as the day goes by. We will start our early in the morning with some strategical stops where our birding crew knows where to stop to give you interesting facts and key markings for recognition of birds and other fauna as well. This National park is the best area for any birdwatcher level from beginner to advance we will be happy to help in your birding expedition. Prepare your binoculars and book this tour now.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.00
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$110.00

Jungle & River Wagon Expedition. Puntarenas Shore Excursion

Jungle & River Wagon Expedition. Puntarenas Shore Excursion

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This tour consists of a journey through the rain forest, located in the Tarcolitos River canyon that is part of the 200-hectare private reserve of the Hotel Villa Lapas, crossing the river 8 times with a total distance of 3.2km in a cart drawn by a tractor at low speed, so that you can appreciate both the flora and fauna of such a special area in Costa Rica as Carara is. During the tour we make several stops for bird watching and important trees in the area as well as a stop to see the river where even customers can get off the wagon and get into the pool. Our two carts have a capacity for 24 people and lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. After this great adventure, our tour will continue with a short drive to Tarcoles River where you can enjoy and boat tour on the river, see the abundant wildlife including the huge crocodiles. On the way back to the pier, a short stop at a local souvenir is included in case you want to buy that special gift from Costa Rica.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.00
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$120.00

Rain Forest Wagon & Crocodiles Safari. Shore Excursion from Puntarenas

Rain Forest Wagon & Crocodiles Safari. Shore Excursion from Puntarenas

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Your breath-taking adventure begins with a pickup from the pier and a relaxing 60 minute drive through the wonderful Costa Rican countryside. You will be heading to the Central Pacific Coast, Tarcoles River and Carara National Park, until arrives to our private property, about 60 minutes’ drive from Puntarenas Pier. This tour consists of a journey through the rain forest, located in the Tarcolitos River canyon that is part of the 200-hectare private reserve of the Hotel Villa Lapas, crossing the river 8 times with a total distance of 3.2km in a cart drawn by a grasshopper at low speed, so that you can appreciate both the flora and fauna of such a special area in Costa Rica as Carara is. After the wagon experience, a shore drive will take you to Tarcoles River for a 60 minute boat tour for enjoy the huge crocodiles and wildlife. Fresh tropical fruits and a visit to souvenirs are included on this amazing tour. Good for seniors with limited walking conditions.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.00
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$120.00

Puntarenas Zipline Canopy & Crocodile Boat Tour. Shore Excursion from Puntarenas

Puntarenas Zipline Canopy & Crocodile Boat Tour. Shore Excursion from Puntarenas

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Visit Carara Adventure Park on an action-packed day tour from Puntarenas. Travel by air-conditioned minivan to the privately owned reserve, which contains lush rain forest and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Experience the rain forest canopy up close as you fly down the zipline course, which features 12 cables and three hanging bridges. Then take a 1-hour boat cruise to look for crocodiles, monkeys, and more.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.00
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$120.00

Jungle & River BUGGY Exploration. Private Tour from San Jose

Jungle & River BUGGY Exploration. Private Tour from San Jose

Your breath-taking, adventure begins with a pickup from your hotel and a relaxing private drive through the wonderful Costa Rican countryside on an air-conditioned transportation and recent model deluxe vehicle or mini bus. Destination will be Tarcoles River and Playa Bochinche In our adventure center, before you begin your journey, you will receive instructions and then take a test run on our specially designed private track. From here on, your guide will lead you along the jungle trails, Teak plantations, 14 crossing rivers sometimes-bumpy, dirt paths real rainforest, viewpoints and 2 different beaches. If weather allowing, you can take a quick swim at Bochinche Beach, a pristine and almost private beach where we will have a break. The driving time and Buggy tour last 2 hours. After the experience, you will enjoy a delicious lunch before to make the way back to your hotel in San Jose.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$250.00
Price varies by group size
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$250.00
Price varies by group size

P.N. Day Tour Carara & beach

P.N. Day Tour Carara & beach

One-day tour to visit the Carara National Park, Manuel Antonio-style rain forest but more wild. Afternoon free to enjoy the beaches of the Pacific. Departures from any hotel in San José. It includes breakfast. We will pick you up at your hotel in San José to travel to the Pacific. We will stop for breakfast while watching the crocodiles in their natural habitat. In the morning we will do a tour with a local guide through the P.N. Face where we will learn and discover the flora and fauna of the place, we hope to see monkeys and many parrots. Once the National Park tour is over, we will enjoy the beach until the time you want to return to San José. You can choose between beaches with restaurants and cocktails or virgin beaches. During the tour, you can make the stops you need, it is your tour and we will be happy to offer you a dream trip totally adapted to you. In San José, we will leave you again at your hotel.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$175.00
Price varies by group size
From
$175.00
Price varies by group size

Crocodile Safari Expedition & Carara National Park. Private Tour

Crocodile Safari Expedition & Carara National Park. Private Tour

Your breath-taking, adventure begins with a pickup from your hotel and a relaxing private drive through the wonderful Costa Rican countryside. After 90 minutes’ drive from San Jose, you will arrive to Tarcoles River. The Tarcoles River is home to one of the world’s largest crocodile populations in the wild and they are very easy to admire during our 90 minutes boat tour. Get up-close with American crocodiles of all sizes, and observe an abundance of beautiful exotic birds! Enjoy spectacular rainforest scenery and cruise through dense mangrove forest canals. Spot jungle wildlife such as iguanas, lizards, and monkeys. After the tour, enjoy a delicious typical lunch and explore the souvenir store. Continuing our tour, a short drive to Carara National Park will allow us to get deep inside the rainforest in this unique ecosystem, where many beautiful wildlife species are common to see such as the Scarlet macaw, monkeys, snakes, armadillos and more.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$199.00
Price varies by group size
From
$199.00
Price varies by group size

Jungle & River ATV Exploration & Crocodile Safari. Puntarenas Shore Excursion

Jungle & River ATV Exploration & Crocodile Safari. Puntarenas Shore Excursion

An ATV tour of Carara National Park lets you explore off-the-beaten-path of this Costa Rican gem. After a safety and instructional briefing, take your ATV on a guided tour along rugged jungle trails, past teak plantations, and over 14 river crossings, stopping to admire views and beaches along the way. Then, head down the Tarcoles River on a boat tour for a chance to spot crocodiles, monkeys, and more.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$145.00
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$145.00

Jungle & River ATV Exploration. Private Tour from San Jose

Jungle & River ATV Exploration. Private Tour from San Jose

Your breath-taking, adventure begins with a pickup from your hotel and a relaxing private drive through the wonderful Costa Rican countryside on an air-conditioned transportation and recent model deluxe vehicle or mini bus. You will be heading to the Central Pacific Coast to Tarcoles River. In our adventure center, before you begin your journey, you will receive instructions and then take a test run on our specially designed private track. From here on, your guide will lead you along the jungle trails, Teak plantations, 14 crossing rivers sometimes-bumpy, dirt paths real rainforest, viewpoints and 2 different beaches. If weather allowing, you can take a quick swim at Bochinche Beach, a pristine and almost private beach where we will have a break. During the tour, your guide will provide bottled water, and at the end of this Costa Rica ATV adventure, we will greet you with fresh tropical fruits. The driving time and ATV tour last 2 hours.After the tour, enjoy a delicious lunch
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$225.00
Price varies by group size
From
$225.00
Price varies by group size

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What are Carara National Park (Parque Nacional Carara) hours of operation?
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Carara National Park (Parque Nacional Carara) hours of operation: Ranger station is open 7am - 4pm daily.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Carara National Park (Parque Nacional Carara) tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Carara National Park (Parque Nacional Carara) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Carara National Park (Parque Nacional Carara) 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Carara National Park (Parque Nacional Carara) costs USD 30.77. Guided Carara National Park (Parque Nacional Carara) tours start around USD 30.77 per person.
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