Braulio Carrillo National Park
Braulio Carrillo National Park is located only 20 km. northeast of the of San Jose, and it’s open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost of the entrance fee at the park is of $15.00 at the door or $7.00 if it’s been purchased in advance. The park was founded in 1978 in order to save some of the area that was being opened up by the Highway that goes to Limon, and it was named after the third president of Costa Rica who ruled in the mid 1800’s.
There are two entrances into the park, the main one being 500 meters south of the Zurqui tunnel, where the ranger station is located. Across the road from this “puesto” or station, is the trail named “Capulin”, which should take hikers an approximate time of an hour and a half to cross. The initial hundred meters are steep, but a railing should keep you from falling down; after a while, though, the path levels out and offer hikers an opportunity to try to spot birds or other animals in the brush or up on the canopies. The other short trail begins at the northeast entrance to the park, 15 kilometers northeast from the Zurqui ranger station. The trail called “Sendero Natural Botarrama” is only I kilometer or about !/2 mile long, which means that it automatically doesn’t qualify as a challenging path for an experienced and active hiker. There are some things that people should keep in mind when entering these paths. First of all, even in the dry season, the paths are muddy and slippery most of the time; it’s important to wear good shoes and to watch out for falls. Secondly, many people, both local and foreign, have gotten lost in the Braulio Carrillo Park, probably because the paths that are offered are very limited, and people feel a need to explore more. Even experienced hikers should never, ever leave the paths, since the park has witnessed many casualties due to people’s wanderings.
If you are looking for a Canopy Tour at Turu Ba Ri Park has a family friendly Canopy Tour. We take kids from 5 years on, but keep in mind that kids from ages 5 till 10 will have to go with a guide most of the zip lines. This Canopy is considered one of the best and safe for kids.
We also have the highest Tarzan’s Swing available in Costa Rica. This Tarzan is located at 60 ft high tower. At the top of the tower is the jump-platform where you will be launch and Swing about 120 ft. We promise this adventure will boost your adrenaline to the top.
How to get there?
You take the Caldera – Colon Highway, and once you arrive to Orotina you make a right on the road that goes to Tigre and Turrubares, look for the signs to Turu Ba Ri.
Do you need Transportation?
Since we are tour operators, we run tours including transportation and lunch from across the country such as San Jose and surrounding areas, Central Pacific (Jaco and Puntarenas) and for cruise passengers, we offers shore excursions packages from Caldera and Puntarenas docks.
Please feel free to reserve your Costa Rica Adventure Tours directly with us here online. Also if you have any questions or need help with anything else regarding Costa Rica, just send us an email at info(at)turubari.com or by skype: turubaripark and we will assist you in any way we can.
The Turu Ba Ri Team
Nature and Adventure Park Costa Rica