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Braulio Carillo National Park

Braulio Carillo National Park is just 30kms from Sam Jose. Within a short time of leaving the city you can find yourself in an expanse of virgin forest. There are walking trails of varying lengths, many leading to pretty waterfalls and viewing areas. You’ll have the chance to compare vegetation at different altitudes on a longer hike or by taking walks in different parts of the park. 
Reasons to visit Braulio Carillo National Park include:

  • A birder’s paradise with over 500 species recorded here from quetzals and toucans to eagles soaring overhead.
  • The park is home to over 150 species of mammals including howler monkeys, white-faced capuchins, tapirs, jaguars, ocelots and racoons to name a few.
  • The aerial tram, an open gondola that makes a two-level tour of the rainforest. This guided ride begins in the valley then ascending a small mountain and returning through the treetops.
  • A variety of hiking trails varying in length. Some lead to scenic overlooks and waterfalls. The highest point of the park is the extinct Brava Volcano at almost 3,000m above sea level.
  • The park is dissected by the main road, R32, though you don’t have to go far in either direction to feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. R32 is the road you would take from San Jose to Puerto Viejo.
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Time: GMT -6 hours

Flight time:

The flying time is about 12 hours from the UK. There are now direct flights from the UK using British Airways. We work with all the major airlines and can offer flights from the UK or via the USA, Panama or a European hub. With the connection times you are looking at around 15 or 16 hours.

Language: Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken throughout Costa Rica


Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.


There are no compulsory vaccinations.



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