We stayed here for 2 days in May and we couldn't have had a better time. It all starts with a ~4 hour tractor ride from the small town where the head office is located to Rara, which is about 15km into the jungle. The first couple hours you ride on the very bumpy road through the outskirts of the jungle, then the last 1-2 hours are spent inside the jungle through the mud and rock. There are some sections where you wonder how the tractor can possible make it through. The tractor ride is fun at first, but by the 3rd or 4th hour your butt starts to hurt and you are tired from supporting yourself.
The accommodations at Rara are wonderful. We stayed in the Waterfall Lodge which has 8 private rooms. The rooms were as good as you get when staying in a jungle, don't expect 4* rooms. They are definitely rustic, but very nice. The showers were amazing. It was the only place in Costa Rica where we had a true hot shower with lots of pressure.
Your meals are included in the price of accommodation and are served 3 times a day and is made by a cook on staff. You are treated to traditional Costa Rican cuisine...and lots of it. You will definitely get stuffed. We actually found that we were eating too much as by the end of the 2nd day we just weren't as hungry as when we first came.
The guides take you on a tour of the jungle and explain the wildlife and give all other information. Don't expect to see much wildlife however. We saw more wildlife on the side of the highways in CR than we did at Rara. It's all about the experience. It typically rains every day, and a lot (May is the beginning of the rainy season) so you will usually hike in the morning, then rest after lunch while it rains, and then hike after dinner.
Highly recommended to anyone up for the experience. But please, do not go here if you expect a nice resort. It is rustic in every sense...You must wear rain boots (which are provided) at all times, and there can be many bugs, and there are lots of noises throughout the night. You are truly in the middle of a jungle.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rara Avis introduced the concept of ecotourism as a conservation tool to the region in 1983, in which nature-based tourism is now the second largest industry. We preserve 12km2 and 20km of trails, we guarantee you the most authentique and unique experience on Costa Rica rainforest. The lodge is designed to maintain the feeling of being deep and isolated in the forest, while offering basic but comfortable rooms and excellent traditional food. We maintain the sense of the real Costa Rica of many years ago, while offering daily guided walks in which our resident guides explain how the rainforest works. In good weather it is possible to swim at the base of our pristine waterfalls. Other guests simply prefer relax in hammocks on the private balconies of their rooms. This a place for serious naturalists and those who like to have a learning experience on the rainforest. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rara Avis Rainforest Lodge And Reserve
- Rara Avis Rainforest Lodge & Reserve Hotel Braulio Carrillo National Park
- Rara Avis Rainforest Lodge & Reserve Costa Rica/Sarapiqui - Horquetas