Travel to Costa Rica
Day 7 Quepos - Rain Maker - Manuel Antonio - Quepos (58 Km.)
We left Quepos towards Parrita to go to visit the private reserve RainMaker. It is reached by a hidden path between extensive plantations of African palm, from which oil is extracted. To reach the reserve we must cross a small river, but the bridge that crosses it is demolished, so we must cross the waters of the river with the car.
Palm grove on the outskirts of Quepos
(in 22 Km.) Rainmaker: It is a private reserve of 650 hectares with 90 percent of virgin land on the slopes of the Fila Chonta, a site where the exotic beauty of the Costa Rican rainforest is exposed. A few meters from the entrance there is a pond full of fish, a cage with a toucan in captivity and a restaurant. From this point start many paths within the reserve.
Road to Rainmaker
The tour trail takes about three hours and includes the passing by suspension bridges, along with the chance to bathe in the pools of the Seco River. We walked down a wooden path with handrail and non-slip surface, accompanied during the tour by a guide who will explain a lot of anecdotes about the fauna and flora of the reserve. During our walk we get to see, among others, a pair of chameleons, an army of ants defending the plant that provides food and shelter, different birds, a snake tinsel and a sloth.
Another major attraction of the reserve is its circuit suspension bridges that go from tree to tree high above the river. They have the longest of its kind in the country: 100 meters from trunk to trunk, over the Seco river canyon. From there you can see the tops of the ancient trees, and the mountain, with the densest forest. It is in this area where many animals hide, like tepezcuintles, various species of snakes and the treasure of the reserve: harlequin frogs, that were believed extinct.
Rainmaker - Suspension bridge
(in 29 Km.) Manuel Antonio: The town of Manuel Antonio offers restaurants, lodgings and excursion arrangements. Apart from the park, there are many activities to enjoy in this area, such as horseback riding, sea kayaking, volleyball games and fishing. We took a swim in the beach and did a walk along the shore with a view of the outside of the park. On the beach you can hire a massage, buy coconuts and drink the juice of a pipe. There is also a market in which to buy souvenirs.
Rainmaker - Poisonous snake tinsel
(in 7 Km.) Quepos: Just like the town of Manuel Antonio, it offers a wide range of hotels and restaurants. It is also a good place to start a visit to Isla Damas, on the outskirts, allowing observation of the jungle, mangroves, crocodiles and many species of birds.