Things to do in Parque Nacional Carara
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Located on the north side of the Río Tárcoles bridge, this is the nearest place to get a decent meal. It has inexpensive, filling meals, and is extremely popular with travelers stopping to check out the crocodiles. If you’re nervous about leaving your car at the trailhead, there is secure parking here in a guarded lot.
Straddling the transition between the dry forests of Costa Rica’s northwest and the sodden rainforests of the southern Pacific lowlands, this national park is a biological melting pot of the two. Acacias intermingle with strangler figs, and cacti with deciduous kapok trees, creating heterogeneity of habitats with a blend of wildlife to match. It's not the biggest, not the wildest and not the most beautiful, but the significance of this national park cannot be understated. Surrounded by a sea of cultivation and livestock, it is one of the few areas in the transition zone where wildlife finds sanctuary. The park can easily be explored in half a day's expedition.