Carara National Park

  • Reserva Biológica Carara
     Reserva Biológica Carara

Another of Costa Rica’s beautiful wilderness areas, the Carara National Park lies along the coastal highway from Puntarenas to Playa Jacó. This national park is a very important ecological transition zone between the northern Pacific dry tropical forest and the humid rainforest of the southern coast. A 5,242-hectare park, it was created to facilitate research, scientific studies and environmental education. Carara protects several ecosystems, such as marshes, lagoons, secondary and primary forest. Wildlife is abundant, including peccaries, anteaters, kinkajous, agoutis, coatis, raccoons, ocelots, white-faced Capuchin monkeys, two-toed sloths, tayras, deer and foxes. One of the favourite birds in the area, because of its beautiful plumage and because it is in danger of extinction, is the Scarlet Macaw. Carara has several pre-Columbian native occupations. Archaeologists have reported 15 archaeological sites dating back at least 2,000 years