Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo

Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo

Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo
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Carr. San Jose Limon KM 2 Quebrada Gonzalez, San Jose 40101 Costa Rica
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Nadina P
New York City, NY526 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This was definitely the most authentic jungle experience I ever had--I don't know if there's a way to get one quite like it. It's hard to really describe the drive up; I wouldn't call it a dirt road. it's more like rock with dried dirt from the rainy season. If you come in the dry season, I recommend an SUV, though 4WD is still better. This is the only place we went in Costa Rica where we used 4WD in the dry season. In the wet season, I don't see how you could come here without it.

The park itself is incredible; you hear all kinds of sounds, though I didn't see much wildlife. Something did growl at me, though!

The plant life is incredible. The hike is not as hard as I thought it would be, and Copey was completely worth it. That said, the return hike from Copey was a bit rough for maybe a Kilometer, so keep that in mind.

We got there right at 8am and didn't see another soul again until we were nearing the entrance; even so, there were only 2 other cars in the parking lot. Everyone I did see appeared to be a local.

There are bathrooms at the entrance, but only at the entrance, so be prepared for that.

The staff is very hospitable; the person we encountered did not speak any English, but he spoke very slowly and used the map to tell us a bit about the trail. Between my French and Italian, I understood enough--he was a very helpful person.

Overall, if you are in good enough health and willing to brave the drive, DO NOT skip this! And if you are worried about your ability to do a proper hike, at least go up to Barva; I thought the trail was reasonably easy up to that point.

Be warned, the weather in the area is really unpredictable; we were just barely able to see the laguna, and we got no views at all from Barva. It was still worth it, but mentally prepare yourself for that.
Written 1 April 2024
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NoIberostarFan
Wichita, KS777 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Very easy access from the road and to the trail. We had a great hike and saw many birds and howler monkeys. You can stay for 15 minutes or a couple hours.
Written 11 March 2023
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mnzamora
Costa Rica162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and wanted to visit a different national park in Costa Rica and close to San Jose. We decided to visit Braulio carillo and chose the second entrance of this park which is the easiest and most popular the Zurqui ranger station. It is just 12 miles (20 km) northeast of San Jose along the Guapiles Hwy (32) and we surprised with a mysterious but lovely animal (An anteater) that was hidden in a tree, this was the first time we ever saw an anteater in the wild such a lovely animal.
Written 21 June 2022
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swisstraveller
Berne668 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
On the way to Tortuguero Nationalpark (or to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca), you drive through this very green and lush looking Nationalpark. I dont know about the options there for hiking, and for staying overnight, but it looked really beautiful and is easy to reach from the capital.
Written 19 December 2021
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Μάνος Π
9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
If you re in San Jose and want a first experience about the forests in Costa Rica , this is a good and easy option.

I visit that park from Quebrada Gonzalez sector. This sector has two trails, is very easy and you ll enjoy it. Dont expect to see many animals but you can walk through the nature.

If you have a car, it will be easy for you but the bus is more challenging. You can take the bus from the Caribbean station to Guapiles ( 1530 colones) and then the only option is to wait outside the park untill one bus come. So, go prepared to wait about 20 - 40 minuites or more.

There are many tours for that park but in my opinion keep your money for another park.
Written 18 January 2021
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Magenta56
Cheshire,England224 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The ariel tram was excellent, 1 hour 10 mins sliently floating above the canopy. We have taken canopy tours previously but this was the highest and longest. A guide accompanies you and the carriage is suitable for everybody and has proper seats. We stayed 2 nights in the lodge in the park and enjoyed the early morning and evening walks, our guide Leo was very experienced and knowledgeable.The walk is easy on a made path. We saw tapir, a sloth,a tarantula, snakes and lots of frogs.There are also butterfly, snake and frog exhibits which were good. There is a restaurant where the staff where friendly and helpful. There is zip lining but we didn't try it.
Written 18 February 2020
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Paul M
New Hampshire23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Very nice! Rode through the rainforest in a covered gondola. Saw/heard a couple animals but this is more of a botanical adventure. Guide was very informative and friendly. About an hour from San Jose' as I recall and a beautiful drive between the two points.
Written 15 February 2020
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Vanessa95126
Berkeley, CA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
I was generally not a fan of zip lining prior to my visit to this park. But these guys are simply the BEST. The safety precautions are top notch, the lines have brakes that automatically stop you (so folks like me with shoulder issues can do it pain-free), and the guides are super friendly. The park is gorgeous and full of life. On our week long trip this was the highlight!
Written 7 January 2020
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Charlie D
Atenas, Costa Rica479 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
There are two easy-to-hike trails, one a 1 km and another at about 2.5 km with labeled trees and other plants, overlooks, streams and when not raining maybe some birds! :-) I did see a wet sloth! :-)
Written 29 December 2019
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Redcanoe63
Annapolis Royal, Canada67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Beautiful hike in the thick forest protected from the rain. We had rain and sun and a beautiful morning. First hike is about an hour, second one across the highway about 30 min. The friendly ranger pointed out a three toed sloth in a tree near the parking lot . Pack a lunch as there are picnic tables, bathrooms and drinking water.
Written 4 December 2019
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