If you are looking for tennis courts and swimming pools, hair dryers and televisions, Rara Avis is the wrong place. If what you seek is being in pure nature, deep in the rainforest, with clean and comfortable lodging, with home-style Costa Rican meals, no electricity plus an adventurous learning experience different from ordinary tourism, then Rara Avis will suit you. At the same time, you will be encouraging the wise use of the rainforest - the reason for the existence of Rara Avis
Rara Avis was developed in 1983 to show that we can make rainforest economically productive and so save it from destruction. In Rara Avis, you will be in a remote pristine jungle - true wilderness - bordering Braulio Carrillo National Park and the Zona Protectora La Selva at 10º16’53” N lat., 84º02’43” W lon. (look for us on GoogleEarth). At 700 meters (2300 ft) above sea level, the climate stays moderate and comfortable year-round and ranging from 90°F (32°C) on a hot day or to 65°F (18°C). There is a lot of rain (it's a rainforest!), but mosquitoes are not a problem. There is little seasonal variation in temperature or rainfall, which is frequent, especially in the afternoons, but usually short-lived.
Because of the difficult access, we strongly recommend a minimum stay of two nights.
The tractor is an additional service and it is available for groups from 1-14 people on way trip is $200, leaving from Las Horquetas at 9 AM, arriving at our Waterfall Lodge about 3.5 hours later
For indiviuals and small groups we recomend horses rental $35 per person per way. Service is available to leave from Las Horquetas from 08:00am to 01:00pm, but departure time need to be set in advance, trip takes 02.30 hours for the first 12Km to the Plastico, and them continues by walk fro 1 hour more aproximatelly (3km). Please note you will need to carrie your luggage we recomend you small backpack.
Our rate includes, costarican typical meals, served on family style, lodging and natural history guided walk per day, the activity is for all those visitors who like to share (not private guide), swimming at the waterfalls in good weather, relaxing on balconies, or good conversation with other guests from around the world.
Please check “What to bring” list on THE JOURNEY section.