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Braulio Carrillo National Park Tours

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Braulio Carrillo National Park
The vast protected forest of Braulio Carrillo National Park is a natural for toucans, eagles, armadillos, sloths, monkeys, and jaguars. Catch a glimpse of its rugged beauty from the comfort of your car, or hike along the trails that lead to thundering waterfalls, towering mountains, and rapid rivers.

The Basics
Divided by one of Costa Rica’s busiest highways, Braulio Carrillo National Park is easy to access. One of the best ways to explore the area is to take the Aerial Tram, which is located on the park’s eastern side. Tram tours take you to three levels of rainforest, from the floor to the canopy, and include hikes as well as stops at a butterfly and hummingbird habitat, a reptile terrarium, and an orchid refuge. 

Other tours include a cruise along the Sarapiqui River and a stop at animal sanctuaries in the nearby Black Madero wildlife reserve. To turn up the adventure, zipline over the forest canopy or take a whitewater rafting tour on the Chirripó River, which includes more than 20 class III rapids.

Things To Know Before You Go
  • Wear proper hiking attire, and bring rain gear; there are often short rain showers, even during the dry season. 
  • Trails can get steep and muddy and are generally poorly maintained; even experienced hikers are advised to go with a guide. 
  • A small entry fee is required.
  • Restrooms and picnic areas are available at the park’s three ranger stations. 
  • The aerial tram is wheelchair accessible. 

How To Get There
Braulio Carrillo National Park is located in Heredia Province, in central Costa Rica, about 31 miles (50 kilometers) north of San Jose. The drive—via Route 1 or Route 3 to Route 126—takes about 2 hours. Buses from San Jose’s Gran Terminal del Caribe stop at the Carrillo/Quebrada Gonzalez entrance, where there are two trailheads. 

When To Get There
Peak season in Costa Rica is from mid-December to April, which is the dry season. During the rainy season, from May through November, the park’s paths may be very muddy, but visitors can see the jungle at its most green and catch local wildlife at its most active. 

Park Facts
Covering an expanse of 117,375 acres (47,500 hectares), Braulio Carrillo includes a wide variety of habitats, from rain and cloud forests to river ecosystems. More than 500 species of birds make their home here, including resplendent quetzals and black silky-flycatchers. The park also boasts the largest elevation differential of any of the country’s national parks, from 118 feet (36 meters) in the jungle to 9,514 feet (2,900 meters) at the summit of the Barva Volcano. 
Address: Braulio Carrillo National Park, Heredia Province, Costa Rica
Admission: Varies
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19 Tours and Activities to Experience Braulio Carrillo National Park

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Irazu Volcano, Cartago Ruins and Sarapiqui River Tour from San Jose

Irazu Volcano, Cartago Ruins and Sarapiqui River Tour from San Jose

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Discover Costa Rica's famous natural beauty, historical treasures, and fresh flavors on this full-day tour from San Jose. Visit the ruins of a 16th-century church in Cartago, soak up an awe-inspiring views into the crater of Irazú Volcano, and spot native wildlife such as sloths, crocodiles, and monkeys on a cruise down the Sarapiquí River. Savor a traditional lunch at a private farm and drive through the spectacular Braulio Carrillo National Park to round out a memorable day.
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  • 12 hours
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$142.00
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All-Day Expedition to Tortuguero National Park from San José

All-Day Expedition to Tortuguero National Park from San José

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Explore the natural beauty and protected wildlife of Costa Rica’s Tortuguero National Park with a full-day guided tour from San Jose. Cruise through freshwater rivers on a boat — the only way to access the inner reaches of this beautiful nature reserve. Learn about the park’s incredible biodiversity from your naturalist guide, and visit a green sea turtle nesting site. Take a break from your exploration to savor lunch at the eco-chic Evergreen Lodge surrounded by views of a lush tropical forest.
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  • 12 hours
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$135.00
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Rainforest Adventures Aerial Tram Tour Braulio Carrillo

Rainforest Adventures Aerial Tram Tour Braulio Carrillo

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Explore three levels of lush Costa Rican rain forest from the floor to the canopy on a guided tour tour of Braulio Carrillo National Park. Learn about local flora and fauna as you walk along nature trails, explore specialty gardens, and glide over treetops in an aerial tram, all narrated by a guide with extensive knowledge about the local ecosystem. Optional upgrade includes pickup and drop-off from your lodging in San Jose and a typical lunch.
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  • 3 hours
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$65.00
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Aerial Tram in Braulio Carrillo National Park From San José

Aerial Tram in Braulio Carrillo National Park From San José

You will get into the Braulio Carrillo National Park, and discover the beauties of the Rain Forest. Enjoy of a hiking tour and the Aerial Tram, two activities that will put you in direct contact with nature, visitors divide into smaller groups for a 45 to 90 minute (optional) nature walk with a trained naturalist guide. The Open-sided cable-cars hold 5 passengers and a guide. The guides are quite knowledgeable about flora and fauna. They'll point out orchids and different species of trees and are quick to identify the calls of the many birds that inhabit this unique environment.
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  • 9 hours
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Zipline Tour in Braulio Carrillo National Park From San José

Zipline Tour in Braulio Carrillo National Park From San José

Our canopy tour includes more than 10 cables and 14 tree platforms. It also includes the longest cable near San Jose, our Adrena-line cable 700 meters long and 60 meters high, where you can feel what birds feel only in the air when flying.
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  • 9 hours
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Rainforest Canopy Tour from San Jose

Rainforest Canopy Tour from San Jose

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Feel the thrill of one of Costa Rica's most popular outdoor adventures with a zipline tour from San José. Soar through the rain forest canopy and above the Moliente River on a state-of-the-art zipline system boasting advanced safety features and an easy, controlled braking system. Choose a tour option including lunch and transportation from San José for a hassle-free day flying through the treetops of Costa Rica's famed natural playground.
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  • 8 hours
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Full-day Cartago Ruins, Irazú Volcano and Sarapiquí River Cruise From San Jose

Full-day Cartago Ruins, Irazú Volcano and Sarapiquí River Cruise From San Jose

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Discover Costa Rica’s historic sites, natural wonders, and native wildlife on this full-day tour from San Jose. Learn more about Costa Rica’s former capital at the Cartago ruins, admire views of Irazú Volcano, spot crocodiles as you cruise down the Sarapiquí River, and take in the highlights of the Braulio Carrillo National Park. Tour includes hotel pickup, lunch, and all activities.
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  • 12 hours
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Barva Volcano Route, Braulio Carrillo National Park

Barva Volcano Route, Braulio Carrillo National Park

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In total there are about 11 km more or less depending on the trail and the condition! The route is between easy and moderate due to the height of 2700 masl, it is normally cold even in the dry season, January / June, the advantage is that there are few steep slopes and the trail is in good condition even in rain. It is a beautiful and very educational route near the capital.
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  • 6 to 10 hours
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Whitewater Rafting on the Chirripó River from San Jose

Whitewater Rafting on the Chirripó River from San Jose

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Test your paddling skills on the roaring Class III rapids of Costa Rica’s Chirripó River with this whitewater rafting adventure. Led by an expert guide, you’ll navigate the exciting twists and turns of the river while surrounded by a beautiful tropical forest. Select a morning or noon departure to suit your schedule. Round-trip hotel transport and lunch at a local restaurant are included.
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  • 6 hours
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San Jose Combo Tour: Horseback Riding and Sarapiquí River Boat Ride

San Jose Combo Tour: Horseback Riding and Sarapiquí River Boat Ride

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Spend a full day discovering the beauty of Costa Rica’s rain forest on this guided combo tour to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí. Cruise down the Sarapiquí River on a riverboat, and then delve deeper into the jungle on a horseback ride while learning about native plants and wildlife from your knowledgeable guide. Round-trip hotel transport from San Jose and an authentic Costa Rican lunch are included.
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  • 9 hours
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Day Trip from San Jose to Tortuguero National Park (Canals)

Day Trip from San Jose to Tortuguero National Park (Canals)

This enchanted and secluded park is the save heaven of many different species of while life not only native of Costa Rica, but to the Americas. Travelling through the waters of the hidden lagoons and canals as the flowering vine covered trees blend in with their own water reflection we will have the unique experience of observing as close as possible several species of flora and fauna. It is easy to observe several species of crocodiles, toucan, monkeys, slots, macaws, iguanas and some others. Among such species we find the majestic green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) which has in Tortuguero 21 miles of beach to nest in (July to October); the largest nesting site of the western hemisphere. Tortuguero is considered the most important nesting site on the western half of the caribbean for the green turtle that comes to the beach to nest every year. Other species of sea turtles also nest along the park´s long beach stretch every year
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
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Zip Line Canopy Tour & Whitewater Rafting Combo. Private Tour from San Jose

Zip Line Canopy Tour & Whitewater Rafting Combo. Private Tour from San Jose

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Get your adrenaline pumping double time with this private tour from San Jose combining two of Costa Rica's most popular outdoor adventures. Drive through gorgeous Braulio Carrillo National Park to a tropical secondary forest, where you’ll fly through the treetops on a thrilling 9-cable zipline tour. Then, tackle the class II and III rapids of the Sarapiqui River on a wet and wild whitewater rafting voyage led by an expert guide. Includes round-trip transport from your San Jose hotel in the comfort of a private vehicle.
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  • 9 hours
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Whitewater Rafting and Horseback Riding Combo. Private Tour

Whitewater Rafting and Horseback Riding Combo. Private Tour

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Enjoy two outdoor activities in one day on this 8-hour private combo tour from San Jose. With a naturalist guide, visit the Sarapiqui region of Costa Rica for both adventures — whitewater rafting and horseback riding. Lunch and private transportation are included.
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  • 9 hours
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$295.00
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From San Jose - Rainforest Canopy with transp PM

From San Jose - Rainforest Canopy with transp PM

Includes: -Zip-line tour (10 cables and 14 platforms) -Adrena-line cable (700mts) -Visit to the hanging bridge - Expert certified naturalist bilingual guide
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  • 8 hours
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From San Jose - Aerial tram and self-guided walks PM

From San Jose - Aerial tram and self-guided walks PM

Explore every level of the dense Costa Rican rainforest from the ground to the treetops. Our unique Aerial Tram Tour lets you live first hand all the secrets the forest keeps while you fly above the treetops and experience magnificent views of Braulio Carrillo National Park and our private reserve, an immersive nature experience as well as a glorious treetop flight over the Canopy of the Rainforest. We offer the longest and only guided tram tour in the country. The 1.10 hours gondola ride includes a guided nature walk on our paved nature trails, a visit to our beautiful and specialized Butterfly Garden where you ́ll be able to learn a lot among their colorful wings, a walk through our orchid garden comprised of orchids rescued from fallen tree trunks and finally a calm walk into our Terrarium where you ́ll see many interesting amphibians and reptiles species.
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  • 5 hours
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5-Hour Guided VIP City Bus Tour from San Jose

5-Hour Guided VIP City Bus Tour from San Jose

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A double decker bus tour provides panoramic views of San Jose’s most important landmarks and neighborhoods, accompanied by live guided commentary that brings the sights to life. This 5-hour tour also includes two short walking segments for a closer look at San Jose’s highlights.
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  • 5 hours
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Small-Group Poas Volcano, Coffee Plantation and Sarapiqui River from San José

Small-Group Poas Volcano, Coffee Plantation and Sarapiqui River from San José

Experience highlights of central Costa Rica on this full-day adventure from San Jose, from the wildlife-studded banks of the Sarapiquí River to the majestic heights of Poás Volcano. You’ll also drive through beautiful Braulio Carrillo National Park, visit a butterfly garden and reptile sanctuary, and taste local flavor with included breakfast and lunch at a private nature reserve.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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Sarapiqui River Boat Tour and Zipline Adventure

Sarapiqui River Boat Tour and Zipline Adventure

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Discover Costa Rica's famous biodiversity by water and by air on this action-packed combo tour from San Jose. Cruise up the Sarapiqui River on a boat tour, passing through the wildlife-rich forests of Braulio Carrillo National Park. Then, get a different perspective of the rain forest as you soar through the treetops on a thrilling zipline adventure. Back on solid ground, enjoy a delicious lunch at a private reserve and get a closer look at native species at a butterfly garden and reptile sanctuary.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full-Day San Jose to Pacuare River Rafting Class III-IV

Full-Day San Jose to Pacuare River Rafting Class III-IV

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Experience the adrenaline rush of a whitewater rafting trip along Costa Rica's Pacuare River. Soak up views of the rain forest and mountains as you safely navigate the river’s class III and IV rapids with an expert guide and catch a glimpse of wildlife, such as parrots, toucans, and monkeys. No detail is overlooked: your rafting day trip includes all equipment, meals, and hotel pickup and drop-off in San Jose.
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  • 12 hours
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