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It's hot, it's humid, and there are plenty of shadows - a birding challenge. For novice and intermediate birders intending to see new things and who are not familiar with Central American birds, I would strongly recommend hiring a knowledgable guide.
Carara is supposed to be a special area, being at the transition of wet and dry forests. It has a parking lot, admission wicket ($10 per person), washrooms, but no visitor centre or brochure - you are advised to take a picture of the trail...More
My wife and I had a magical time in the Carara transition forest National Park. Maurice speaks very good English and is a very passionate and professional ornithologist. Not only does Mo know his birds,and he knows all the animals of the rainforest. I told...More
This guide knows his stuff. His assistant kind and helped me navigate the mud and possible loose footing. Mauricio has a good spotting scope and take shots with your phone for you. We spotted 26 birds in a couple of hours. He is well worth...More
Sometimes serendipity is better than planning! We decided to take a hike in Carara National Park just north of Jaco, Costa Rica to see if we could see some of the beautiful scarlet macaws that make their home in that area. We didn’t have time...More
My wife wasn’t so sure about going on a walk through t hmm he jungle. But I was able to tear her away from the pool and the beach for half a day. Our guide Maurice was extremely knowledgeable about the park, knew where to...More
Our First Trip To Los Suenos, First day of our vacation and its rainy season, we took a ride to this park and did a walking tour, Bring Some Bug repellant and hiking shoes lots of mosquitoes. Franklin was our guide, very knowledgeable and friendly....More
We were taken around the Park by our Guide Maurice Vasquez. He charged $20/person and there were two of us, but it was well worth the money. He was extremely knowledgeable about the local birds. At the start he promised he would show us between...More
We had been watching the macaws fly over the house were staying in for a couple of days at around 5.30-8am and knew they were unlikely therefore to be in the park. (They head back over around 4-5pm).
The park is open 8am - 4pm...More
The entrance fee was $10 US and they take US money. The park is very basic and small compared to the others and does not have food or drinks available and bring alot of water with you! (You may also want to bring toilet... More
The entrance fee was $10 US and they take US money. The park is very basic and small compared to the others and does not have food or drinks available and bring alot of water with you! (You may also want to bring toilet paper, there wasn't any in the washrooms when we were there). As for the guide- that is completely up to you if you feel it necessary but be very careful as we were told there are quite a few untrained people and some were in the parking lot waiting for tourists. We chose not to use a guide because of this and their fee ($25-40 US/person), just take your time and its amazing what small things you will see. We noticed the guides walking through very quickly and missed alot of things we saw. If you are going to any of the other larger parks you may want to guide it then. This isnt the park for monkeys although we did hear the Howlers. We liked this park better than Manuel Antonio simply because you dont have to wait in line to get in or see something (was more zoo like). If you choose to not use a guide we noticed they placed small flags/ markers at locations where they have either spotted or the usual hangout for an animal so they are not finding them all on their own. This park was amazing for insects, butterflies, (a morpho landed on my leg), flora, lizards, and we actually saw a poison dart frog just by taking our time. It was actually more distracting to have the groups with guides making alot of noise and not looking down to see the small stuff. If you want my opinion, grab the trail map at the entrance and explore on your own- more relaxing and you will see more. Hope this helps and i envy you- would go back in a heartbeat!