Rainmaker Hiking Tour is 20 kilometers from Quepos, and the property is right after the town of Pocares. The 1,500 reserve of protected territory has an exceptional landscape, surrounded by the beautiful primary rainforest.
The rainmaker hiking tour it’s an experience that focuses on environmental education in a breathtaking tropical forest that will fill your senses, mind and soul.
This option is a suitable tour for families with children, however, have in mind that you have to ascend and descend several staircases in the trails, therefore, it requires a reasonably good physical condition, especially if you go through the hanging bridges.
The reception building has a restaurant, and it is a good option for lunch after the tour. This restaurant serves artisan beer on special occasions. Nearby the reception and parking area, there’s a green lagoon that provides food for different species of snakes.
About the swimming ponds
As you walk the first part of the forest, you can choose between going directly to the natural swimming ponds in the river or climbing up steps and following another trail to get to the hanging bridges before going back down through an alternate path towards the river.
You can see many waterfalls walking through the trails. There are about five natural swimming ponds down in the river. Most of them have a waterfall where people can feel the natural pressure of the water. Some points are profound and great for swimming, and other areas are more appropriate for children.
There are no towels in reception for the visitors, bring your towel!
About the hanging bridges
Hanging bridges is an experience that is growing around the country; there are popular locations in Arenal and Monteverde. These sites typically have bridges that are big enough to carry two lines of people walking on both ways simultaneously as they have more sophisticated structures. Rainmaker has about six hanging bridges, and some of them go to platforms on big trees serving as high watchpoints. Unlike most of the hanging bridges you can cross, these feel hanging above the magnificent rainforest, you need to hold to the handrail strong enough to keep balance, and they only carry one line of people in a single direction.
Remember that hanging bridges is possibly the best way to admire an outstanding forest like this one, it reduces the human impact, and it provides privileged views. Halfway into the hanging bridges, you reach the highest observation point, and it is possible to observe the forest coverage all around the property and Manuel Antonio beach right in the background. If you wish to experience a hanging bridges adventure immersed in the primary rainforest, this is an ideal place to visit, probably the best for this matter.
In my experience:
As you enter the dense forest, you will become one with the path, the rain may be shallow, but the place is no called Rainmaker for nothing. I was wearing waterproof shoes during my visit, and they helped; however, I hardly recommend to anyone using hiking boots instead. More traction will make you feel safer as you start climbing the muddy steps up to the hanging bridges, and it might save you some extra energy as well.
It is also possible to spot wildlife but is not even close to Manuel Antonio National Park; consider hiring a local guide if you seek to capture views of animals in this place. Unlike the National Park, this park has an actual primary forest, this is the real deal, and the closest you can find is Corcovado. It is improbable that you observe wildlife without a guide, but even without it, the forest itself is the highlight, is just breathtaking at some point, yet overwhelmingly beautiful. To think that many travelers go across the world and visit Costa Rica to observe this kind of forest, some consider it the most balanced environment for life in the world.
You will find many exotic plants and huge trees in the mountain, as far as the wildlife, if you are lucky you can see monkeys, bats, butterflies, frogs, snakes and some more. The forest provides habitat to endemic species like the Harlequin Toad, which supposedly had gone extinct in Costa Rica.
In my experience:
At the very end of the trail, we spotted a non-poisonous snake “Racer Snake” and a “Caligo,” which is generally known as “Owl butterfly” because of how it resembles a bigger animal. If you see the top of the wing, it even looks like the head of a snake. Both species blend in with the landscape and protect themselves in their way; the snake simulates a branch or small plant.
This property has one of the best rainforest experiences you can live in Costa Rica; as soon as you step inside the forest, you can realize how the magic of nature is just present and all around. It is an absolute pleasure that the whole ecosystem is under protection. Rainmaker could serve as a relaxing option for your itinerary if you have kids and a total thrill for nature lovers.
Some visitors do not hire a local guide and stay at the swimming ponds. Gladly I visited this property along with Dennis Reyes; I know it is a whole experience accompanied by a guide familiarized with the area. Without a doubt, Epic Adventures made my visit a memorable trip, and I felt that I took full advantage of my time into Rainmaker’s breathtaking forest.
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Photos and writing by Juan Pablo Soto Sáenz for Epic Adventures – Rainmaker visit accompanied by Epic Adventures. (2020). Epic Adventures. Posted on 27/01/2020, link: https://www.epicadventurescr.com/blog/rainmaker-visit-accompanied-by-epic-adventures/