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Carara National Park

Carara National Park

Tarcoles is a small quiet town located on the northern outskirts of the province of Puntarenas. Although it may be small, it has a wealth of indoor and outdoor activities and is full of exotic and beautiful, beautiful wildlife. It is dotted with unassuming structures along dirt roads and sits parallel to the ocean, offering a million dollar view of the ocean. Although Tarcoles may not be talked about as much at first, if you take a minute to explore the outskirts of the city, you will discover a hidden treasure.

Crocodiles of Costa Rica
If you are an adrenaline junkie or just looking for a way to entertain your unthinkable teenager, a trip through Carara National Park will make your heart pound. Carara National Park is home to the great and intimidating American Crocodiles. You can observe these beasts at a safe distance from the Río Tarcoles Bridge or go further and sign up for a crocodile tour through the marshes. The crocodile tour takes you down the river by boat and is led by a brave bilingual guide who has no qualms about performing spooky tricks designed to capture the attention of crocodiles.

Beautiful waterfall
At 200 meters, the Manatial waterfall of Auga Viva is one of the largest waterfalls in the entire country. Its spectacular height is just one of the many reasons why you will want to take a trip to this area. Reaching the waterfall is an adventure in itself. Along the way, you will traverse rugged terrain, get incredible views of local beaches, and be surrounded by lush and vibrant wildlife. It is not uncommon for visitors to see a scarlet macaw in flight or a monkey swinging from the treetops. Be careful though: the trail to the falls is known to house miniature poisonous frogs. Although they are beautiful in appearance, they are deadly in nature, so “look, don’t touch” is always a good rule of thumb to follow. Once you reach the bottom of the valley, you will find small natural pools of cozy water. Accept the welcome and get on it, as the water is cool and probably what you need after a long walk.

Surf and canopy
Tarcoles is located a few kilometers from Jacó, a larger city with much more to offer than the smallest village. Jaco has some of the best surfing beaches in the world, so if you are a veteran surfer or have always wanted to learn, there is no better time to grab a board than when you are in Jaco. If surfing isn’t your thing, plan a tour high up in the treetops. While the land tours offer plenty of incredible sites and views, nothing compares to views from the top. Schedule an aerial tram tour or, if you’re a little more adventurous, take a canopy expedition from the top of the canopy to the base of the trees. In addition to surfing and canopy excursions, Jacó tour guides also offer quad bike tours of the beach and horseback expeditions along the coast. There’s a little bit of everything for all needs in the small beachside town, making it the ideal daytime destination for those in the area. From crocodile safaris to scenic forest walks, and from birdwatching to surfing, there are many things to do in the small town of Tarcoles. You just have to be willing to use your imagination, dig a little and put on your hiking boots. Don’t let the simple little structures fool you into overlooking the city, and treat yourself or your family on an unforgettable day trip.

Carara National Park
The Carara National Park is a biological reserve located between the dry forests of the north and the lush rain forest to the south. In fact, the park has 13,000 hectares of a transition forest of dry and humid forests. The thick and lush vegetation in Carara is made up of ancestral trees and secondary forests, making it the perfect place for a wide variety of wildlife.
The Tarcoles River runs directly through the park and is home to 2,000 crocodiles some of which may be up to 20 feet long! This park is also home to more than 400 species of birds, and it is one of the best places in the country to observe the wonderful scarlet macaws.

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