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Carara National Park

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Carara National Park is a national park in the Central Pacific Conservation Area located near the Pacific coast of Costa Rica It was established on April 27, 1978 as a biological reserve, but its growing popularity after 1990 forced the government to upgrade its category to national park in November 1998 Carara lies about 30 miles west of the Costa Rican capital of San José and about 15 miles north of the beach town of Jacó The park protects the river basin of the River Tárcoles, near Orotina
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Recent Sightings


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  • Tiger was sitting on a log, Leopard with a cub sitting on a tree, Elephants, gaur, sambar, malabar giant squirrel. White bellied woodpecker, crested serpent eagle, green imerial pigeons, streak throated woodpecker and crested hawk eagle. Crocodiles and Rattlesnake.

How to reach?

Driving from San José or Juan Santamaría International Airport – Take the Caldera Highway (Hwy 27) west to the intersection with Hwy 34 8 km past Orotina Follow 34 approximately 18 km south to the bridge over the Tárcoles River and the park boundary The Quebrada Bonita ranger station, visitors center & park headquarters is 3 km further south

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