Rainmaker Mountain Nature Refuge is one of the last remnants of primary rainforest in Costa Rica’s Central Pacific. This 1,500-acre private reserve of virgin mountain and primary rainforest, can be reached by car.
Guided four-hour tours run from $50 – $70 from town and include transportation, entrance fee and lunch
River Walk & Canopy Bridge Tour Refuge Tour
This Costa Rica tour begins with a river walk along the Rio Seco’s edge. Handrails and easy to follow footpaths along with observation platforms allow you to observe waterfalls and capture, with photographs, the rich biodiversity this unique site has to offer.
Rainmaker is home to Morpho butterflies, varieties of birds, the colorful poison dart frog, and thousands of unique plant species. Depending on the time of year, visitors are also afforded sightings of incredible reptiles and other animals that make their way down to the water. At the end of the walk, a pristine waterfall pool will beckon you to enjoy a refreshing dip.
Continuing up the trails, visitors will come to the Canopy Bridge system. This system consists of suspension bridges, built to U.S. engineering standards. The six sections total 250 meters, spanning from platforms attached to massive hardwood trees to create the most impressive Canopy Walk in Costa Rica. The design permits minimal forest impact, giving our participants an opportunity to explore the majesty of the forest canopy from a bird’s eye view.
Round trip transportation from Quepos, a variety of typical fruit and juices for breakfast, a Costa Rican lunch following the tour.
All tours are led by a credited nature interpreter. Hiking shoes, bathing suits, binoculars, and water-resistant cameras are recommended to bring. Tour Price: $70
Bird Watching Tours
5:30am – 9:30am
This Costa Rica Bird Watching tour begins at dawn when most of the tropical birds are waking. Walking around the Rainmaker property our visitors will enjoy the abundant splendor of our native birds in a relaxed and quiet environment.
Bird Watching Tours include:
Round trip transportation from Quepos, located next to Manuel Antonio, a variety of typical fruit and juices along with our own Rainmaker coffee for breakfast after the tour. Binoculars and cameras are recommended to bring.
Amphibians & Reptiles Night Tour
7pm – 9pm
After dusk our expert resident guide will introduce you to the wonderful world that takes place after dusk. You will be able to observe the very active amphibians and reptiles located on our property. Our guides will take you along our frog habitat lake and then into the rainforest.
Transportation, headlamps, drinks, and snacks will be provided.
Long pants and hiking boots are recommended.
Be aware it is quite an adventure to be in the Rainforest at night!
Getting to Rainmaker from San Jose:
Rainmaker is easily accessed by the main coastal road (the Costanera) on the pacific side from the capital city of San Jose. Follow the road signs departing San Jose, for Quepos/Manuel Antonio. Continuing past the town of Parrita. Turn Left at approx. 10 kilometers past Parrita. Rainmaker road sign will be visible. Follow signs through the Village of San Rafael Norte to the entrance, (seven kilometers).
Getting to Rainmaker from Quepos/Manuel Antonio:
Depart the main highway to San Jose. The Rainmaker sign is visible just after the town of Pocares. Turn right and follow signs to the entrance of Rainmaker through the village of San Rafael Norte. Rainmaker is 22 kilometers from the Center of Quepos.