Full-Day Carara National Park and Tarcoles River Tour

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From $140.00

18 reviews   (5.00)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person


Departs: San Jose, San Jose

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Our company focuses on going beyond what first meets the eye, this means that we'll guide you through the jungle with a naturalist spirit, full of curiosity and wonder.
We have designed this experience to go deep into the tropical forest and also have a dose of relaxing but exciting time while jumping on a boat ride that will leave you amazed by the biodiversity and richness of a mostly overlooked destination.
We carefully design every stop in order to support local families and businesses to get you closer to the costarican culture and to let our Pura Vida lifestyle embrace you.

• The only birdwatching and wildlife One Day Tour to Carara National Park
• Walk the trails of the most important forest in the Central Pacific side-by-side with our biologists
• Embark with us on a boat journey
• Relax at a secret beach
• A percentage of the earnings goes to Funga Conservation, a non-profit foundation.
• Small-group tour with a maximum of 4 people ensures an intimate experience

What's Not Included

Crocodile and Bird-watching Boat Tour through Tarcoles River ($28 must be paid in cash)


National Park Entrance Fee (Non-residents $12 must by paid w/ credit or debit card)

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 3
  • CHILD: Age: 4 - 13
  • YOUTH: Age: 14 - 17
  • ADULT: Age: 18 - 99

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Carara National Park
Unveil the complex ecology of the flora and fauna at the Rainforest of Carara National Park.

We will hike through the National Park Trails ranging from secondary forest to primary and old-growth forest.

The canopy will reach more than 40m high with huge wild-cashew trees and figs watching us from above.

This worldwide acclaimed destination for birdwatchers is also full of other vertebrates like mammals (monkeys, agoutis, deers...), amphibians, reptiles, and a myriad of invertebrates dwelling on the forest litter.

You will be in the shoes of an XVIII century naturalist, asking yourself important questions about nature, ecology and contemplating in-depth the magic of the tropics.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Not Included

Tarcoles river is regarded as the most polluted River basin in Central America, one recognition that we costaricans feel very ashamed of. However, we will navigate the Tarcoles river mouth into a mangrove forest where the wetlands will show us all their biodiversity and hopefully start changing the fate of this wonderful place.

Bring your binoculars because we will spot dozens of amazing birds, crocodiles, and other types of lizards on this relaxing but exciting experience with local boatmen.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Not Included


Fun and educational
Juan_S, 24-08-2022
The tour guide was very informative of every species of animals and plants. Was on time and talked about places he recommended in the area.
An interesting, informative day with a personable guide
ChristopherDillon, 05-08-2022
Rigo's enthusiasm for Costa Rica's wildlife is only surpassed by his knowledge. We learned a lot, and look forward to another tour with Rigo on our next visit to Costa Rica. Recommended!
Awesome tour led by amazing Guide!
Richard_B, 05-08-2022
This tour was one of the best tours I’ve done in Costa Rica and thanks to an amazing guide in Rigo! Very friendly and personable wit you, he is like a friend that you don’t even realize he’s a tour operator. This tour consists of first stopping at The crocodile bridge, then walking around and seeing the carara national park and we even saw some animals such as a monkey, and tree frogs, and then the best part at the end where we went to the Tarcoles River to see the wildlife and crocodiles, and so many different type of birds. Rigo was awesome, took really good pictures of us and was very informative throughout his tour, it was basically a private tour as he picks you up from his SUV and takes you everywhere along the way, I would recommend highly of this tour of anyone trying to see the Tarcoles River!
Incredible trip with Rigo as our exceptional guide
ben_likes_fish, 30-07-2022
I went on the Carara National Park and Tárcoles River Tour, from San José.
The experience exceeded expectations by miles, Oropopo were streaks ahead of any other tour operator that I used here. I was picked up by Rigo, from my hotel, in a Land Cruiser rather than cramped minibus. The group was very small, making us more nimble.
Rigo is a fantastic guide. It was a privilege to be experiencing nature and being advised by such a qualified biologist. His English is perfect, and he was good fun.
The Carara National Park was lovely and quiet, in contrast to the absolutely packed Manuel Antonio National Park. There may be less of the big mammals here, but there's fascinating stuff to see. We were lucky to see a pair of fantastic scarlet macaws.
The river tour was an incredible experience. It is an extensive tour, going up and down the river and then into mangroves. You'll see lots of huge crocodiles, very close up. The bird life is also spectacular. The guide on the boat was entertaining and informative.
Lunch was delicious. We went to a buffet style place that allowed something for anyone.
Finally it was back to San José, again enjoying the comfort of the Land Cruiser and Rigo's conversation.
I could not fault this tour, the operator or Rigo. An opportunity that cannot be missed
A VIP Experience
Sue_C, 04-06-2022
I was surprised to discover that not only was I the only one on tour but that we were the only ones on the river - people are missing out

I was collected by Rigo nice and early, we stopped to buy fruit on the way and adjusted the itinerary slightly due to the weather but we need not have worried, the weather was perfect

Along the river I was shown many birds from the mighty Scarlet Macaw to an Osprey with fish in tow, we also saw many crocodiles from a baby to Tyson the oldest at 90 ish years, along with many lizards

On to Carara we were fortunate enough to see both Spider and Capuchins, a salamander, iquanas, lizards, white tailed deer, an Agouti (?), my favourite Morpho, green and black poisonous dart frogs and many different birds

Rigo was extremely knowledgeable and very friendly, the day went really quickly

I would just recommend, no matter how hot, thick long trousers as the mossies were in abundance and bit non exposed areas as well, despite two types of repellent!
Perfect Day Trip from San Jose
jonathanhopwood, 29-10-2022
We looked at a lot of day trips in Costa Rica and it took us a while to select Oropopo but we are glad we did. We got amazing service from our guide, Rigo, and everything went smoothly and on time. We got the looks at the scarlet macaws in Carara that we wanted and the incredibly close sightings of crocodiles on the Tarcoles. The Tarcoles boat ride, by the way, is amazing. There were so many different species of birds around on that part of the excursion.

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