Rara Avis Rainforest Lodge & Reserve

Built in 1983 to explore eco-tourism and hospitality, Rara Avis is a quiet and remote hotel. A rugged trail through the trees leads you to a rustic lodge and cabins in the forest, where waterfalls, trails, and a myriad of creatures await you.

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  • Check In: 2:00 p.m.
    Check Out: 12:00 p.m.

Sarapiquí is a fantastic region for adventurous travelers. There are ample opportunities for rafting, kayaking, and hiking. The Braulio Carrillo National Park and Zona Protectora La Selva reside here. At the Rara Avis Rainforest Lodge and Reserve, there is one superb thing to experience: the forest. You might hike, swim in waterfall pools, or lounge in a hammock on the porch and listen to the birds. The forest is why people come.

The lodge stands 9 miles (15 km) into the forest on a rough, often muddy road that is deeply pitted and uneven. The hotel has an office at Las Horquetas, and they operate pickups and dropoffs from here. You can leave any extra baggage in Las Horquetas that you won’t need at Rara Avis. You have two options for getting to Rara Avis from the Las Horquetas office: riding a covered, tractor-pulled wagon or a horse. The tractor leaves every morning you can take it for an extra fee; horseback rides have a more flexible schedule, but cost extra. Both means of transportation take a few hours, and in both scenarios you must walk the final 2 miles (3 km) up to the lodge. A guide will accompany you. Tall boots are crucial for dealing with the deep mud that frequents the trails; the hotel can loan you some if you haven’t packed any.

Accommodations here are basic, tidy, and rustic. The Waterfall Lodge has 8 rooms and is set just 660 feet (200 m) from a double waterfall. Weather permitting, guests are welcome to swim at the pool beneath it. Lodge rooms feature one loft or bunk bed, one single bed, and one double bed. A private bathroom is all yours. You can access a wrap-around balcony from your room that looks out onto the forest or over the landscape.

The property has minimal electricity: there is only electricity for 3 to 4 hours at night, and only in the dining room and lodge office. You are welcome to ask the staff to recharge batteries or medical equipment. Bringing your own flashlight is essential.

The hotel arranges 2 guided natural history walks each day on its private reserve. If you’d like a private guide, either to learn about the forest in general or to specifically pursue birdwatching, you can arrange one for an added fee.

All meals are included. Traditional Tico fare is served in family-style meals. With evening insect songs in the background, you might choose to stick around the table and swap stories with the other guests.

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Casita Room

Sleeps 4

1 Bunk bed

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Waterfall Lodge Room

Sleeps 4

1 Double bed

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Feedback from Travelers

An unforgettable adventure! A truly great opportunity to get away from it all....

- TARA G, JUL 2018
Rara Avis Rainforest Lodge & ReserveRara Avis Rainforest Lodge & Reserve Room rates: $1161

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