Conveniently located in close proximity to the city of San Jose, the Carara National Park features dense jungle and easy hiking trails, and is considered to be one of the Costa Rica’s best birding destinations. This protected area encompasses 4700 hectares and boasts a number of distinct ecosystems such as marshlands, lagoons, and gallery forests which are home to a diverse range of wildlife. Local animals include: Two-toed Sloth, Agouti, Armadillo, Pacas, Great Anteater, Crocodile, Kinkajou, Tayra, Margay cat, Collared Peccary, White-tailed Deer, a variety of monkeys and over 400 species of bird. The park is also famous for containing one of the highest diversity of trees in the world, as well as a number of pre-Columbian archaeological sites dating back as far as 2000 years.