Surrounded by deep rainforest Rara Avis Rainforest Lodge and Reserve can be reached only by a three hour tractor-pulled cart ride from Las Horquetas de Sarapiqui, a 90 min drive from San José. This is perfect place for the people who want to spend a memorable vacation close to the nature, deep in rainforest as well as have comfortable and clean accommodation facilities. This lodge was established in 1983 and its mission was to prove that it can be possible to make the rain forest economically productive and to protect with from any kind of danger. This lodge is nestled in a untouched and unspiled jungle with true wilderness and surrounding the Zona Protectora La Selva and the Braulio Carrillo National Park. You will find this lodge different from others as there is no electricity and it makes the place more mysterious and adventurous. While staying at Rara Avis Rainforest Lodge, you will enjoy home like environment and home style Costa Rican meals. The surrounding is home to over 340 species of birds which makes it paradise for the bird watchers.
Rara Avis Rainforest Lodge offers accommodation facilities including two room riverside cabin and eight-room lodge, rustic rooms each equipped with a hot water bathtub and balcony.
If you want more comfort you can stay at the Waterfall Lodge lies just 200 meters from the spectacular double waterfall with a ideal base for swimming in good weather. There are eight-room lodge each of which has a balcony from where you can enjoy the beauty of the rainforest and the surrounding area. Those rooms also include double bed, one loft or bunk bed, a single bed and private bathroom. Only in the lodge office and in the dining room, every night for 3 to 4 hours you will get electricity facilities and can take help from the staff to recharge batteries, medical equipment or other necessary accessories.
If you are a budget travelers or a student visit the place with a group of friends you can stay at Casitas that are rustic, basic but well equipped with two room cabins including a two bunk beds, a bathroom and a small porch. Casitas are also preferred for scientist researchers and the bird watchers as these are tranquil amazing site for bird watching. In total there are 3 cabins which can hold 12 person together at double possession and 18 at triple and 24 at quadruple occupancy.
Between Rara Avis and Horquetas, for 15 km or 10 miles you can enjoy transportation facilities in two forms. If you go with a group you can take tractor which is available for 8 to 14 persons for each way and it costs $200, shared by the passengers traveling and it will take about 3 hours to reach the lodge. You can also reach the lodge by horseback riding and each person have to pay $35. The last 2 miles you will have to walk through the rainforest leading to the lodge and if you travel by horseback riding it will take 2.5 hours and if you choose to walk, it will take 1 hour. You can ask for a private naturalist guide by paying 475 per day or each group for a minimum 2 days but for enjoying this facility you will have to request while making your reservation.
Within the boundaries of Rara Avis, several groups of plants and animals have been found through the efforts of many individuals and organizations. The total surrounding is high in its biodiversity. Over the last few years no less than 367 species recorded and also groups of animals such as mammals, amphibians and reptiles have received a lot of attention.
RARA AVIS RAINFOREST LODGE AND RESERVE, COSTA RICA
Tel (+506) 2764- 1111
Fax (+506) 2764- 1114
Hotel (+506) 2200-4238