Situated in a transition zone between two habitats, Carara has flora and fauna from each, although it is most well known for its scarlet macaws.
The macaws move between the dense forest canopy and the mangrove system near the mouth of the Tarcoles, where they perch, and which plays a vital role for the survival of many species. Toucans, parrots, aracaris, kingfishers and herons all flourish in the mangroves.
Other animals found here on several kilometres of trails include white-face capuchin monkeys, peccaries and anteaters, and poison-arrow frogs on the moist forest floor.
The park’s name refers to the crocodiles that inhabit the Rio Tarcoles, the park’s northern boundary. Carara is situated just north of Jaco and around an hour’s drive from San Jose, which guarantees lots of visitors. However, if you can avoid the crowds it has sufficient wildlife to impress the most avid enthusiast.
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