Biological Reserve Area Macao Tarcoles ( Puntarenas, CR - 61102) Land Only
These mangroves are the closest to the Costa Rican capital, approximately 50km away and 40 minutes by car.
This mangrove with only 288 hectares, is one of the richest in the country, it is home to a large amount of wildlife. There are about 4 of the 5 species of mangroves in Costa Rica.
Among the animal species that we can find are red limpets, parrots, parakeets, hawks, ospreys, kingfishers, blue and green herons, basilisk-type lizards, crabs, white-faced and howler monkeys.
The channels of this mangrove are quiet and overflowing with life. The boat trip through the channels of this mangrove lasts approximately 2 hours and ends at the mouth of the river, the site of the largest population of crocodiles in Costa Rica, with specimens up to 5 meters in length.
The Reserve is home to a large amount of wildlife and exuberant nature, it is an especially important site for the conservation of the scarlet macaw and other species of the Central Pacific of Costa Rica. In addition to being a lung and filter for the mouth of the Río Grande de Tárcoles, being a Biological Corridor between said Reserve and the Carara National Park.