Rainmaker Park - Hiking Tour and hanging bridges

This wonderful hike takes place in one of Costa Rica’s many preservation sites – the Rainmaker Conservation Park. You will be in close contact with the elements as you explore the rainforest that lies at the foot of a mountain chain and swim in the pristine river by a waterfall. On the suspension bridges and observation platforms you will be able to take stunning pictures of the diverse nature this unique site has to offer.

Besides many different species of amphibians, birds, reptiles and mammals this preserved primary forest is home to one of Costa Rica’s most famous butterflies, the Morpho, the colorful Poison Dart Frog and thousands of unique plant species. If you appreciate nature in all its beauty and what it has to offer, do not hesitate and book this amazing tour today!

Includes

Transportation
Entrance fee to the park
Snack
Guide

Schedules

7:00 am morning tour
12:00 pm afternoon tour

What to bring

Swimwear
Shoes for hiking
Camera
Cash in case you want to tip your guide
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The schedule of the tour

The company arranges pickups at your hotel or Airbnb, and the pickup-time will be around 6:30 am. The exact information will be giving upon confirmation. We take off from Quepos and ride about 35 minutes to the Rainmaker Conservation Park that lies at the foot of a beautiful mountain chain called Fila Chonta. You arrive at a beautiful, open-spaced restaurant that belongs to the owners of the reserve. Here you will have the chance to use the bathroom, change clothes or buy a bottle of water before heading into the forest.

The tour starts by hiking on the small trails by the foot of the mountain searching for birds, frogs and lizards. Even with little animal activity, there are so many breathtaking things to notice in the lushes forest as you continue deeper into the reserve. Along the walk your guide will tell you about the primary forest, the history of the reserve and what animals you might come across on the hike. But be aware, that this tour’s primary goal is not spotting animals, since many of the animals in this area are nocturnal, the goal is rather enjoying the stunning nature and allowing yourself to surrender to the stillness that is only found in the canopy of great rainforest trees. Continuing the walk you will reach the canopy bridge system consisting of six platforms, suspension bridges and observation platforms. The platforms are safely attached to massive hardwood trees and are built by U.S. engineering standards. Standing on the platforms looking into this never-ending landscape containing million shades of green you really do feel small and insignificant. Take a moment here and breathe in the purest of air possible and be grateful for the wonders of Mother Nature.

Continuing from here you will end up by a beautiful, hidden waterfall where you will have the chance to take a southing, cooling swim in the small pools at the foot of the waterfall. After a sip of water and swim you will continue to walk back towards 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. It is a beautiful way of starting the day and it still allows you time to rest at the beach or by the pool for the rest of your day.

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The Rainmaker Park

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 Fila Chonta and is a privately owned, protected, biological reserve. It is one of the last remnants of primary rainforest in the Central Pacific area and was originally created for scientific investigations, since 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 hike exploring the rainforest you will be served a traditional Costa Rican meal in this secluded restaurant maybe accompanied by the sweet and calm sound of Toucans singing.

What to expect when doing Rainmaker Hike in 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. We do find ourselves in a natural habitat where we are likely to see different kinds 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!

Costa Rica is home to three different species of monkeys – Howler Monkeys, Squirrel Monkeys and White-faced Capuchin Monkeys. However, these primates are not very commonly seen in the Rainmaker Park. Instead you will be able to see different kinds of frogs, snakes, lizards, butterflies and birds.

Rana Dardo - Poison dart frog

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. However, most of them are nighttime active. During the day you still might be lucky to spot a Red Eyed Tree frog sleeping on a leaf or a beautiful Poison Dart Frog jumping across the trail.

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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.

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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!

Rainforest

As explained earlier, the Rainmaker Park is a private, protected, biological reserve, that holds an enormous biodiversity. Therefore, it is a very interesting location for scientists, birdwatchers and nature-enthusiasts in general. The trails are easily accessible and therefore this tour is perfect for all ages.

Waterfall Raimaker park

Waterfalls

Before heading back to the restaurant, you will have the chance to cool off in the pristine river at the foot of a small waterfall. On a warm day, this is just what you need after a hike in the humid rainforest.

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Hanging bridges

Along the hike you have the option to climb the canopy bridge system, consisting of suspension bridges built to U.S. engineering standards. The six platforms are attached to massive hardwood trees creating a very impressive canopy walk with a stunning view of the majestic rainforest.

Recommendations for Rainmaker Hike Manuel Antonio

Do not feed the animals and do not disturb or take anything from the nature. This does not 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. Since most of this activity will take place in the shaded paths beneath the treetops of the massive rainforest trees, you might not need to bring sunblock. However, if your skin is very sensitive to the sun we do recommend to bring some. Paratactical clothing and sensible shoes are recommended for the hike, and if you want to swim you might want to bring a small towel to be able to dry before heading back to the restaurant.  

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.