Biological Reserve borders the Tarcoles River. This transitional
zone encompasses several ecosystems and harbors an incredible
variety of wildlife including the larges population of scarlet
macaws in Costa Rica. These brilliantly colored birds are in
great danger of extinction due primarily to nest poaching (the
young are highly prized on the international market) and habitat
entrances along the highway provide access to two hiking areas.
The river trail passes through marshlands and past a lagoon
formed from an abandoned river meander. This is an exceptional
area for spotting waterfowl. The second, shorter trail is a
good introduction to transitional evergreen forest. Along with
the more than 750 plant species identified here, some representative
animals include white-tailed deer, the rare two-toed sloth,
margay cat, kinkajou, ocelot an spider monkey.
from / to Puntarenas / Carara Biological Reserve in a deluxe
air conditioned bus
naturalistic tour guide
fees to the reserve
/ WHAT TO BRING
temperatures hover in the eighties making it truly tropical.
Be sure to bring along insect repellant as well as a soothing
aloe lotion to relieve the itching. When hitting the trails
and forest avoid perfume and fragrant shampoos, this only attracs
mosquitoes, a hat, sunglasses, sun block, lightweight cotton
clothing, sturdy hiking shoes for trails, and a rain poncho
are a wise choice.