Braulio Carrillo conserves an emerald swathe of untouched rainforest. There are a few kilometres of good walking trails offering an opportunity to see animals, as well as birds such as the resplendent quetzal, toucans, trogons and eagles.
The Rainforest Aerial Tram takes you on a two level tour of the rainforest. The ascent is a few metres up, through the under canopy, and the descent is through the treetops, up to 50 metres off the ground, allowing visitors to contrast flora and fauna at different elevations. From an excellent vantage point you can look down into the forest below where over 340 species of bird have been recorded, along with howler, and white-faced monkeys, jaguar, puma, ocelot, tapir and paca.
The altitude range within the park is wide – from 50 metres above sea level at the park’s lowest point, to up to 2,906 metres at its highest point, the summit of Volcán Barva, resulting in a wide diversity of vegetation.
Situated just 20 kilometres northeast of San José, the journey along the Guápiles Highway affords breathtaking views before you even reach Braulio Carrillo.
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