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Rainmaker in Manuel Antonio

Duration: Half Day

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Costa Rica is renowned for its beautiful tropical rainforests, which is just one reason why many travellers decide to visit this country every year. Full of bio-diversity, these spectacular eco-systems attract nature lovers from all over the world, in search of exotic flora and fauna. If you want to travel deep into the rainforest and experience the sights, sounds and smells of the jungle firsthand, but are also concerned about eco-tourism, this Rainmaker tour, near Manuel Antonio Park, is the perfect choice.

Consisting mainly of primary rainforest, the Rainmaker Conservation Project is a 1500-acre, privately owned reserve, which lies within the Fila Chonta mountain range on Costa Rica’s Pacific side. This area is part of the Quepos Biological Corridor, through which numerous birds and other wildlife migrate throughout the year. Reaching an elevation of 1700 meters, the reserve hosts approximately 2500 plant species, which live within four different ecosystems. It is also home to 60% of all the flora and fauna species found in Costa Rica.

The purpose and commitment of the Rainmaker Conservation Project is to protect and conserve this valuable sanctuary, to ensure that the rainforests can be enjoyed by future generations to come. This is why the Rainmaker Canopy Walk was constructed, highlighting the value of eco-tourism in Costa Rica and around the world, and educating visitors about the importance of rainforest conservation.

The Rainmaker Canopy Walk consists of safe, stringently engineered suspension bridges. The six sections total 250 meters, spanning from platforms that are attached to huge hardwood trees. This is certainly one of the most impressive canopy walks in Costa Rica. The design ensures minimal impact on the forest, giving visitors an opportunity to safely explore the beauty of the natural rainforest canopy from a unique, birds-eye perspective.

Aside from the Canopy Walk, the Rainmaker also offers a second activity − the River Walk. The Rainmaker River Walk will take you on easy, winding trails along the bank of the Rio Seco, leading to beautiful waterfalls that cascade into the lush jungle below. A professional nature guide will accompany you along the way, explaining the importance of the bio-diversity of the rainforest sanctuary and pointing out native wildlife living in their natural habitats.

You are likely to see poison dart frogs, Jesus Christ lizards, Morpho butterflies, bats, monkeys, exotic birds and many more species on your tour, as well as unique tropical flora. You may even be lucky enough to see the Harlequin toad, which was re-discovered in the Rainmaker reserve in 2003. The poison toad's distinctive yellow-and-black markings, believed to ward off predators, made it easy to identify the species when it populated the streams of Costa Rica and Panama.

With awe-inspiring views of the Pacific coastline, exotic wildlife, mountain rivers, pristine waterfalls and the wonder of the mountain rainforest, the Rainmaker is an essential tour for all the family during your holiday in Costa Rica. What to bring: Cool comfortable clothes, walking shoes, sun block, insect repellent, hat, camera and binoculars. Length of tour: Half day.

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