Night tour Ranimaker Park

After enjoying a warm day at the stunning beaches of Manuel Antonio, the night awaits with the cool freshness of the tropical rainforest. Come and experience how the night presents and exposes the beautiful and special nocturnal beauty that hides in the dark.

Our professional and qualified guides will accompany you through an exciting tour in the search of animals that can only be seen at night. At the foot of the mountains and the deep rainforest you will be met by an amazing symphony of millions of insects, frogs and toads.

The night tour at the Rainmaker Park gives you the possibility to observe and photograph beautiful and exotic frogs – like the Red Eyed Tree Frog, different types of bats, lizards – like the Jesus Christ Lizard, spiders, owls and even scorpions glowing under an infrared black light.

Book the tour now and seize the opportunity to get closer to the magical, nocturnal fauna that frames one of the most amazing experiences in the Manuel Antonio area. The Rainmaker Night Tour offers you a specialized and personalized tour in a 100% natural habitat with certified, local guides.

Includes

Transportation
Entrance fee to the park
Traditional meal
Guide

Schedules

5:00 pm

What to bring

Mosquito repellent
Camera
Cash in case you want to tip your guide
Glass frog (Night tour Rainmaker Park)
Glass frog (Night tour Rainmaker Park)

The schedule of the tour

The company arranges pickups at your hotel or Airbnb, and the pickup-time will be around 5 pm. The exact information will be giving upon confirmation. From here we take off from Quepos and ride around 35 minutes to the Rainmaker Conservation Park that lies at the foot of a beautiful mountain chain. The guide will provide you with a LED light, so you can participate in the search of the beautiful, nocturnal animals that hide in the dark! Depending on the day, the conditions, the guide and other groups you will either start your tour in the forest or by the lagoon next to the restaurant.

After about two hours of tranquil hiking and exploration of the animals and the forest, you will end up back at the restaurant where a delicious, traditional Costa Rican meal is waiting for you. Typically the meal consists of rice with chicken, beans and salad. NB: If you have any food restrictions, such as allergies or a vegan or vegetarian diet, please let us know and we will pass on the message and make sure there is a customized meal for you. Alongside your meal you can enjoy different types of refreshing, natural juices such as but pineapple, tamarin or mango juice. This of course vary from day to day.

After enjoying your traditional meal, the transportation will take you back to your hotels. The total duration of the tour is about three hours.

Night tour Rainmaker Park

The lagoon

Next to the restaurant lies a small lagoon that offers a vast variety of different species of frogs, toads, spiders and even snakes. You will be guided on a small walk around the lagoon to search for these animals that you so clearly can hear being present there.

Costa Rica does not have four season (winter, spring, summer, fall), but has a rainy season and a dry season. Amphibians, like the frogs, thrive in wet and swampy environment so during the rainy season the lagoon will be very active with frogs trying to find a mate.

Waterfall Raimaker park

The rainforest

The trails at the Rainmaker Park are easily accessible and therefore we can access them even at night, but still with great caution and vigilance. When walking on the trails you can hear the powerful waterfall and the stream running beneath you which really reinforces the feeling of being in a tropical rainforest – something that cannot be seen in the pitch-black of the night, but truly can be felt by the humid air and the sounds from the many different animals living there. In the rainforest other nocturnal species are taking care of their nightly business – hunting and eating. Besides Viper Snakes, other shy snakes, bats and colorful insects it might even be possible to spot the cute kinkajou in the treetops. Lizards and snakes might be moving in the dry leaves on the forest floor when they hear the group approaching or notice the lights from the torches.

Rainmaker night tour

The place

Many guests visiting Manuel Antonio know about the famous and beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park, but if you are looking for something more secluded and off-the-beaten path, the Rainmaker Conservation Park might catch your eye. The rainforest lies at the foot of a mountain chain called Fila Chonta and is a privately owned, protected, area. It is one of the last remnants of primary rainforest in the Central Pacific area. It is home to about 60% of all the flora and fauna species found in Costa Rica.

The transportation drops you of right in front of an open-spaced restaurant right by the entrance to the park. After the tour, exploring the flora and the fauna, you will be served a traditional Costa Rican  meal in this secluded restaurant with the symphony of the frogs and insects still in the background.

What to expect when doing Rainmaker Night Tour Manuel Antonio

We like to prepare our guests for the experience when it comes to schedule and what to bring, but besides that it is hard to know what to expect. As earlier explained, we do find ourselves in a natural habitat where we very much can hope to see some things or some type of animals and the guides do their very best to fulfill your wishes but again – this beautiful place is not a zoo and nothing is guaranteed. As long as you bring good vibes and a lot of pura vida, your guides will take care of the rest!

Here are some of the animals we can expect to see during the Rainmaker Night tour.

Rainmaker night tour

Frogs

The conditions at the Rainmaker Park are great for many different amphibians and therefore, we have the chance to see many different kinds of beautiful and colorful frogs. On the Rainmaker Night Tour you might be able to spot the Red Eyed Tree Frog, Glass Frog, Masked Tree Frog, Bull Frog, Common Rain Frog, Leopard Frog to name a few!

Night tour Rainmaker Park

Toads

The Cane Toad is the largest amphibian in Costa Rica and thrives in this lushes environment of the Rainmaker Park and is almost always possible to see (and hear!) around the lagoon.

Rainmaker tour

Snakes

Costa Rica is the home to 130 different species of snakes, where most of them are harmless and form an important part of the ecosystem. However, you should always be careful and cautions when stepping into their habitat and follow the instructions of your guide to avoid any accidents since some of the snakes we see are dangerous. In the Rainmaker Night Tour you might be able to spot Fer De Lance (also known as Terciopelo), Eyelash Pit Viper or Green Vine Snake.

Rainmaker Park

Lizards

Many different types of lizards like the Jesus Christ Lizard or the Green Iguana are hiding on the branches in this beautiful, lushes rainforest. These animals are the masters of camouflage, so you need to really pay attention to the smallest details or movements if you want to spot them!

Night tour Rainmaker Park

Scorpions

Today, it is still a mystery why scorpions glow under the light of the special infrared black light, but they do! There are twelve known species of scorpions living in Costa Rica and you might be able to watch them patrolling around the forest floors in the Rainmaker Park.

Night tour Rainmaker Park

Spiders

Though being the worst nightmare for many people, spiders actually form a very important part of a country’s ecosystem and the same thing applies to Costa Rica, which harbors almost 2,000 species of spiders – like the tarantula, which is common all over the country. Wolf Spiders and Wandering Spiders are commonly seen on the Rainmaker Night Tour.

Recommendations for Rainmaker Night Tour Manuel Antonio

Do not feed the animals. This doesn’t apply to this particular tour only, but is a general recommendation for your stay here in Costa Rica. Do not feed the animals. As tempting as it might be you are not doing these animals a favor. In fact, you might end up hurting them even though your intentions were the exact opposite.

For this tour we do recommend that you to wear practical clothes and might bring a jacket as it gets chilly after the sun goes down. Mosquitos and other insects get very active at night as well, and therefore we advise to bring mosquito repellent to protect your skin. If you want to tip your guides we recommend you to bring cash! Either dollars or the local currency – colones. Other than that, you only have to bring your adventurous spirits and a lot of Pura Vida! The rest will be taken care of.