Braulio Carrillo

Suggested stay: 2-3 nights

Setting: Rainforest

Best time to go: Year round

In a nutshell: Located in one of the country’s most rugged landscapes, Braulio Carrillo stands out as the most extensive park in the central part of the country. Five representative forests are found within the park boundaries as well as several watersheds. Bird life is abundant with over 350 species of birds including the king vulture, three-wattled bellbird, the resplendent quetzal, and slack-faced solitaire. Jaguar, pumas, deer, ocelot, white-faced, howler and spider monkeys, Tamandua Anteater, collared peccary, coyote, Baird’s tapir, and the ominous Bushmaster are found in the park. Both the wet tropical forest and the wet premontane forest house hundreds of varieties of orchids and ferns.


  • Genuine rainforest experience
  • Abundant wildlife
  • Bird watching hot spot
  • Rainforest wedding hot spot

How to get there

Overland transfer from San Jose (45 minutes

What to do

  • Aerial tram
  • Zip line canopy tours
  • Bird watching
  • Rainforest hikes
  • Rafting
  • Horseback riding
  • Agritourism


Journeys Featuring Arenal:

Costa Rica Eco-Voyager

Costa Rica Family Adventure

Costa Rica EcoMoon

From Costa Rica with Love

Costa Rica and Panama Eco-Moon

From the Land of Fire to the Land of Water

Wild on Costa Rica and Panama

Rainforest Adrenaline Quencher


Our Preferred hotels around Braulio Carrillo

Tapirus Lodge