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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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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: howler monkey, tapir, keel-billed toucan, blue-throated trogon, white-faced monkey
  • Where: Heredia Province, Costa Rica

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Cloud Forests & Mountains

Enjoy the beauty and spectacle of Costa Rica's flora and fauna on this fantastic tailor made trip, encompassing the best of the country. Exploring rainforests and coastlines, the itinerary is designed to introduce you to the incredible variety of birds, wildlife and plant species to be found in Costa Rica.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,695 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Hotel Casa Turire

Hotel Casa Turire is situated in the heart of the verdant Turrialba region. The wild Reventazon River surrounds the beautiful estate and the Turrialba Mountains form a dramatic backdrop. Guided tours and other activities can be arranged including kayaking, birdwatching and excursions to nearby Guayabo National Park.