Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Hiking in Carara National Park

Summary

After meeting your driver and guide at the Puntarenas port, travel just down the coast to the entrance of Carara National Park. When you arrive at the park entrance, follow a moderate, somewhat hilly loop trail that winds through a forested section and along a walkable road beside the River Tárcoles. With a dual climate ranging from hot and dry in the winter (November to April) to hot and humid during the rainy season, the park’s mangrove forests and tidal flats offer a welcoming seasonal habitat to an incredible array of wildlife, especially birds. It's one of the best spots in the country to see brilliant scarlet macaws, plus other winged species like parrots, motmots, hummingbirds, and herons. Keep an eye out for members of the crocodile community that often sun along the river banks, as well as mammals that make their home in the forest like agouti, capuchin monkeys, and deer. Reward your hiking efforts with a typical Costa Rican lunch on the return drive to the Puntarenas port, where your tour concludes with drop-off back at your ship.

Tour info

Duration
5 hours
Group Size
Pricing (From)
Commentary
Meeting Point
Dropoff location

Why take this tour?

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.

What’s included?

  • Professional guide

  • Port pickup and drop-off

  • Lunch

  • Private tour

  • Gratuities

Frequently asked questions

Things to know

Before you book

  • Duration: 5h

  • Mobile tickets accepted

Covid Policy

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

We will be operating only with private groups, only your party, and we follow government mandates.

Cancellation Policy

    If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

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Top Private Tours (Puntarenas, Costa Rica)

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