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The Tárcoles River originates on the southern slopes of the Cordillera Central volcanic range and flows in a south-westerly direction to the Gulf of Nicoya. The river is 111 kilometres (69 mi) long and its watershed covers an area of 2,121 square kilometres (819 sq mi). A famous point is at the Tárcoles bridge near Orotina where you can stop and look bridge railings on either side. The river below is teaming with Crocodiles some reaching sizes of three to four meters long or (12 feet). Other animals in the river include a variety of bird species including Macaw parrots in the wild. There’s Caiman, Basilisk and large iguanas, too. Close by is the Carara Biological Reserve, home to many different birds and other wildlife, such as monkeys, sloths, Scarlet Macaws, morpho butterflies and more. © Flickr/Moth Clark