Situated on the Caribbean, between Puerto Limón and San Jose, Braulio Carrillo National Park is a National Park of the Volcanic Cordillera Conservation Area. This park is named after the third president of Costa Rica. This park is considered as the second largest park of the Costa Rica. The park includes different sleeping volcanoes like Cerro Cacho Negro, Cerros las Tres Marias and Cerro Chompipe.
Way to the Park:
If you take a public bus then it will be going to Guapiles, Siquirres, or Puerto Viejo will pass the Zurqui Ranger Station where you can pay the entrance fee and then proceed to the hiking trails. Buses depart from the Gran Caribe Terminal at Calle Central and Avenidas 15/17 in San Jose.
Annual rainfall of the Braulio Carrillo National Park is 4,500-8000 mm and the temperature ranges from 59º F in the high altitudes to 90º F.
Flora & Fauna:
Barva Volcano, an active volcano, is the highest peak within the park. The cloud forest near this active volcano is home to a variety of frog and toad species, including strawberry poison arrow frogs, red-eyed tree frogs and the currently endangered Bufo holdridgei toad. There are about 6,000 plant species in the park. While hiking you will enjoy watching howler monkeys, spider and white-faced monkeys and also coatimundis. This park is also home to the different species of birds including gold finches, hummingbirds, scarlet-rumpled tanagers, and resplendent quetzals and this will attracts the bird watchers. You will also spot some mammals like jaguars, white-faced monkeys, coati, peccaries, raccoons, deer and tapir inside the protected zone of the park.
In Braulio Carrillo National Park there are no reliable accommodations but you can go for a easy day trip from San Jose or a great place to stop on your way to Limon and the Caribbean beaches.
It will be best to view volcano craters is early in the morning before they are obscured by mist and clouds, so you could visit one before heading to Braulio Carrillo National Park