Starting at $177 per adult


Embark on an Unforgettable Costa Rican Adventure: Guided Hike at Carara National Park and Crocodile Viewing Cruise on the Tarcoles River! Your journey begins with a guided hike at Carara National Park, a verdant paradise nestled between the Pacific rainforest and the tropical dry forest. As you step into this lush sanctuary, you'll be enveloped by a symphony of vibrant flora and the calls of exotic wildlife. Your knowledgeable guide, well-versed in the park's ecology, will lead you through dense trails, unveiling the hidden secrets of this captivating ecosystem.

As you venture deeper, keep your senses heightened – Carara is renowned for its diverse range of wildlife. You might catch a glimpse of the scarlet macaw, one of the park's star attractions, its brilliant plumage contrasting against the vibrant greenery. Monkeys swing through the trees, capuchins and howlers alike, filling the air with their energetic calls. The elusive jaguarundi and ocelot might make a rare appearance, reminding you of the park's role as a vital wildlife corridor.

Amidst the captivating greenery, you'll stumble upon the Tarcoles River, marking the next phase of your adventure. The Tarcoles River offers an entirely different world to explore – a world inhabited by ancient predators, the mighty crocodiles. As you step onto the riverboat, your anticipation surges. The air is thick with excitement as you embark on a thrilling expedition to witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

Your riverboat glides gently along the Tarcoles, and soon enough, you'll start spotting the prehistoric figures lurking just beneath the surface. Enormous crocodiles, some measuring up to 15 feet in length, bask on the riverbanks, their eyes scanning the water for prey. The sheer power and majesty of these creatures will leave you in awe, a testament to the untouched wonders of Costa Rica's wilderness.

As you cruise further, your experienced guide provides insights into the crocodile behavior, their ecological significance, and the fragile balance that sustains this ecosystem. The river's vibrant surroundings and the possibility of spotting various bird species, including herons and ibises, further enhance your journey.

Combining the rugged beauty of Carara National Park with the heart-pounding excitement of the Tarcoles River crocodile cruise creates an unforgettable day of discovery and adventure. From the colorful avian residents of the park to the ancient reptilian rulers of the river, this dual experience immerses you in Costa Rica's rich biodiversity. You'll return with not only memories of jaw-dropping encounters but also a profound appreciation for the delicate balance of nature that these protected areas uphold.

What to Bring

  • Light Comfortable Clothing
  • Walking Shoes
  • Sunblock
  • Insect Repellent
  • Hat
  • Camera
  • And Binoculars

Location and Availability

The Carara National Park and Crocodile River Cruise is available from Jaco, and Manuel Antonio

Tour Time

  • 6:50am

Tour Type

  • Nature
  • Learning Family
  • Wildlife Hike
  • Safari Cruise

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Recommended Ages

4 and up


Latitude: N 9° 46' 52.13"
Longitude: W 84° 36' 21.94"