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Private Carara National Park

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Carara National Park

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Hike Cost Rica's rain forest and immerse yourself in nature--exotic birds, animals, flowers.

Famous for its amazing biodiversity and wide variety of microclimates, as well as its warm, friendly people, Costa Rica is a nature lover's paradise! And Carara National Park, located in a transitional zone forest between the tropical dry forest to the northwest and the tropical rainforests of the southwest, harbors a rich mix of flora and fauna reflecting the influences of both life zones.

This tour includes:
- Round trip, private, air-conditioned transportation from the cruise ship pier
- Bilingual tour guide
- Entrance fees to Carara National Park
- A hike through the forest and along the river
- Lunch at a local restaurant

Carara is one of the best places in Costa Rica to see the large and colorful scarlet macaw and many other bird species, as well as a variety of forest animals.

This tour will take you on a hike along a short, slightly hilly, loop trail through the forest, near the park headquarters, and along a flat, walkable road between the forest edge and the River Tárcoles, where American crocodiles are commonly seen along the banks.

Mangrove forests and tidal flats at the mouth of the Tárcoles add yet another facet to Carara’s rich habitats.

The climate ranges from hot and dry (mid-November to April) to hot and humid, during the rainy season (the rest of the year).

- Please note that in Costa Rica there is some confusion about ship time vs. local time. Please see the purser on your ship to clarify whether your ship changes its time to local time so you don't miss your excursion. It is your responsibility to confirm this while you are sailing.
- While your transfer will be private, we cannot guarantee that the tour will be private.
- A vegetarian lunch option is available by prior arrangement.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes, a swimsuit under your clothes, if you would like to swim, and a hat.
- Bring insect repellent, sunblock, towel, binoculars, and a camera.
- The rainy or “green season,” which typically brings sunny mornings and afternoon showers, lasts from May to November, but it's best to be prepared for rain at any time of the year.
- Transportation for 2-7 passengers will be in a minivan with a guide/driver.
- Transportation for 8-20 passengers will be in a minibus with a guide and a driver.
- Transfer time from port to Carara National Park takes about 45 minutes each way.

- It is very important that you check in on time for this tour. Late arrival for check-in may result in missing the tour, which would not entitle you to a refund.
- A minimum of 2 passengers is required to operate this tour.
- This is an easy hike, but the weather can be very warm.
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
- Minimum age is 7 years old.

Days offered: 7 days a week

  • 08:15 AM, duration: 6 hours Departure time is 8:30am. Duration is approximate. Return to ship by 2:30pm.