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Braulio Carrillo National Park

Braulio Carrillo National Park

Braulio Carrillo National Park, Heredia Province

The Basics

Divided by one of Costa Rica’s busiest highways, Braulio Carrillo National Park is easy to access. One of the best ways to explore the area is to take the Aerial Tram, which is located on the park’s eastern side. Tram tours take you to three levels of rainforest, from the floor to the canopy, and include hikes as well as stops at a butterfly and hummingbird habitat, a reptile terrarium, and an orchid refuge.

Other tours include a cruise along the Sarapiqui River and a stop at animal sanctuaries in the nearby Black Madero wildlife reserve. To turn up the adventure, zipline over the forest canopy or take a whitewater rafting tour on the Chirripó River, which includes more than 20 class III rapids.

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6 in 1 Tour: Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Braulio Carrillo
6 in 1 Tour: Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Braulio Carrillo
$103.00 per adult
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Great experience!
The guides were amazing! Even though mudslides closed some roads and there were delays the guides took time to get us safely there and back rather than canceling. The activities were awesome!
Sara_T, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in San Jose

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Worth every penny
Percita_M, Jul 2021
6 in 1 Tour: Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Braulio Carrillo
I loved the guide and the staff at the facility. The food was delicious as well. I highly recommend.
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Incredible Experience
Elena_R, Jun 2021
Day Trip from San Jose to Tortuguero National Park (Canals)
This was an incredible experience! We enjoyed every bit of it and really learned so much that we were able to apply to the rest of our trip in Costa Rica. Could not recommend this tour enough!
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Amazing Adventure!
Joseph G, Nov 2019
6 in 1 Tour: Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Braulio Carrillo
The experience was 1st class with a guide the entire time. Safety is also a priority; zip line guides had 27 years experience and built the park! Wildlife is abundant and facilities are clean and comfortable! Don’t hesitate on this experience!
star-5
This is a must do for all travelers to this area
Heimann_G, Nov 2019
6 in 1 Tour: Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Braulio Carrillo
This is a adventure. So glad we did this. Professional all around. Safety always first with instructors this was great. Just sign up you will enjoy it immensely!!!!!!!
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Great Experience
Jacquelyn_J, May 2021
6 in 1 Tour: Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Braulio Carrillo
We enjoyed our visit at the park; the ziplining, aerial tram, butterfly exhibit and food were great. The zip lining satisfied my partner's need for adventure and the aerial tram allowed us some one-on-one time to talk and relax up in the clouds. I spent time at the cafeteria while he ziplined and was able to enjoy food and drinks. Diego, the manager was amazing and very helpful. Overall, it was a great experience.
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Wonderful day at the rainforest
Jenifer_E, May 2021
6 in 1 Tour: Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Braulio Carrillo
The host was incredibly wonderful and knowledgeable about the history of Costa Rica 🇨🇷 and the rainforest is beautiful. Zipline was really really nice, and adventurous. Thanks for a great day and time!
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Great Adventure!
Sandra_D, Mar 2020
6 in 1 Tour: Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Braulio Carrillo
Our tour driver, was super nice and friendly , very knowledgeable of everything to relay to us the visitors! We were able to see and experience many wonderful animals, flora, and history of the Rain Forest it's a place you must visit! Thank you so much a most fantastical day! Pura Adrenalina in Canopy expierience..
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Great experience!!!
Adriana_A, Feb 2020
6 in 1 Tour: Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Braulio Carrillo
I never leave reviews. I believe people will have their own experiences regardless. I must say, this excursion was a blast. We opted for hotel pickup (though we had a rental) which is a grand choice if traveling from afar (San Jose). The employees and tour guides were very nice, professional, and knowledgeable. It rained a bit while we were on the tram, so I’d highly recommend bringing a poncho just in case.
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6 in 1 tour
Nadeem_J, Oct 2019
6 in 1 Tour: Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Braulio Carrillo
Good trip. The zip lining was very fun and the snake and frog enclosure was also very good. We saw a toucan flying over which was cool. On the cart which goes over the rain forest canopy, it was difficult to see any animals however the views are good.
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Worth the money! Recommended!
Zach_M, Oct 2019
6 in 1 Tour: Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Braulio Carrillo
We were in Costa Rica a short time with an 8 year old child so we wanted to experience as much as possible from San Jose. This package succeeded at that! Being the closest ziplane/jungle trip, it was great! The tour guide picked us up on time, spoke English well and answered lots of questions. Very informative along the trip there and during the tours. All the attractions of the package were great. The zip line team was very friendly and we always felt safe. While we took our own video and photos, there’s options for GoPros rentals, drone footage purchases, and professional photos purchases. We did the later. Everyone spoke English well and we had so much fun. Lockers are available for a tiny fee. Clean bathrooms, gift shop, and some great LONG zip lines with amazing views. Depending on your time of year dictates rainfall, what's in bloom, and animals you'll see. We saw a sloth, bullet ants, tapirs, but no hummingbirds. To top it off, I left my personal GoPro attached to my harness and realized it an hour after returning to our hotel. I coordinated with them and they returned before we left! Much appreciated. Thanks Rainforest Adventures! The only downsides, if any, was lunch was tasty but just ok. I know it’s not America, but the roads and driving was rough. We always felt safe but it was a windy and bumpy trip to and from. We fully recommend this!
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Experience of a lifetime
Brett_M, May 2021
6 in 1 Tour: Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Braulio Carrillo
At first we were a little apprehensive about doing ziplines. We had done them before and weren't too excited, but oh man am I glad that we did it. The longest one at 700 meters was absolutely amazing. There's no better way to see the jungle than being right up in the trees. Our guide was so knowledgeable about the ecosystem; he grew up not too far from there and had been with the park for 10 years. If we would have done the tram ride without him, we would have missed so much. This tour isn't far away from San Jose, about an hour ride, well worth the time. I would recommend it to any of my friends and family.
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Amazing
Sunshine35739714596, Jun 2019
6 in 1 Tour: Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Braulio Carrillo
I loved this tour. It was well worth the month. I was picked up at my San Jose Hotel and driven about an hour to the rainforest. First, we did zip lining. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable and I felt safe the entire time. It is a very beautiful area to be zip-lining through. I paid an extra fee to rent the helmet with a GoPro and was able to buy the videos afterwards. They also had a photographer taking photos which I was also able to purchase. After zip lining, there was a air tram that took us through the rainforest. This was a pleasant way to see the beauty of the rainforest. Then, we had a lunch of chicken, salad, rice, pasta and vegetables. Finally, the guide took me on a nature walk. My favorite part was the butterfly garden. Overall, this was a fantastic tour and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to explore the Barulio Carrillo area in an efficient and exciting way.

Things To Know Before You Go

  • Wear proper hiking attire, and bring rain gear; there are often short rain showers, even during the dry season.

  • Trails can get steep and muddy and are generally poorly maintained; even experienced hikers are advised to go with a guide.

  • A small entry fee is required.

  • Restrooms and picnic areas are available at the park’s three ranger stations.

  • The aerial tram is wheelchair accessible.

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How To Get There

Braulio Carrillo National Park is located in Heredia Province, in central Costa Rica, about 31 miles (50 kilometers) north of San Jose. The drive—via Route 1 or Route 3 to Route 126—takes about 2 hours. Buses from San Jose’s Gran Terminal del Caribe stop at the Carrillo/Quebrada Gonzalez entrance, where there are two trailheads.

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When To Get There

Peak season in Costa Rica is from mid-December to April, which is the dry season. During the rainy season, from May through November, the park’s paths may be very muddy, but visitors can see the jungle at its most green and catch local wildlife at its most active.

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Park Facts

Covering an expanse of 117,375 acres (47,500 hectares), Braulio Carrillo includes a wide variety of habitats, from rain and cloud forests to river ecosystems. More than 500 species of birds make their home here, including resplendent quetzals and black silky-flycatchers. The park also boasts the largest elevation differential of any of the country’s national parks, from 118 feet (36 meters) in the jungle to 9,514 feet (2,900 meters) at the summit of the Barva Volcano.

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