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“Great adventure and perfect for kids” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Rainmaker Park

Rainmaker Park
22 km/13 mi northeast of Quepos, Parrita, Costa Rica
506 2777-3565
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Parrita
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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“Great adventure and perfect for kids”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Our group of 6 adults and 4 kids (aged 4-8) visited Rainmaker in mid-November and we had a great time! Rainmaker is located about 30 min drive from Quepos and the last few miles are on a dirt road so it is best if you have and SUV, especially in rainy season. We were supposed to meet a private guide there but he never showed up so the on-site manager offered to send one of the workers with us to show us around. He was a very nice guy who spoke little English but was super friendly and interacted well with the kids. The walk itself is somewhat strenuous (mostly due to the muddy paths) but none of our kids had an issue completing it. The scenery is very beautiful and lush and we crossed several (maybe 5 or 6) hanging bridges which were quite exciting. They do move a lot, especially when several people are walking on them, but that was part of the adventure. They seemed pretty secure and even though I am afraid of heights I made it OK. There are two very pretty waterfalls and we stopped at one of them to allow the kids to splash in the water. It is a bit chilly but they did not mind ??? We saw a green & black poison frog which the guide picked up and let the kids touch (only the parts that are not poisonous) and we also saw quite a few birds in the canopy. We did not see any other animals but the hanging bridges were really what we came for and we had a great time. The loop took about 2-2.5 hours to complete and it drizzled a few times so bring a poncho if you don't want to get wet. Overall it was a great experience and perfect for kids, even younger ones.

Visited November 2012
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“Spectactular A must see & do!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

We absolutely love this place! We live here in Costa Rica and have taken many groups to this magical park. They absolutely love it and we keep coming back. Rainmaker is a huge hiking park set in a jungle river with large suspension bridges over the river. It's a true adventure in paradise. We keep laughing saying it feels as if we are in an Indiana Jones Movie! There are several waterfalls and if the river isn't flowing too hard swimming in the waterfalls and pools is awesome. The best part of this magical forest is there are not many tourists here. It is one of the off the beaten path gems in this area. A side trip once you've enjoyed the park and have worked up an appetite is the Rio Seco talapia farm. This is about 300 meters from back down the road from the park. Fish for talapia and the sweet Costa Rican family cooks it up right there for you. Delish! There is also a natural fed pool with a water-slide! The road is marked off of the main highway. Just continue up the mountain...you'll see the signs. The road isn't paved so 4X4 is recommended as the rain can cause cars to get stuck. This place is definitely worth a day trip. If you visit during rainy season best to start early in the day (9-10am)...if you start later in the morning (11-12noon) bring rain ponchos unless you don't mind getting rained on.We Highly recommend it!

Visited October 2012
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“Such a cool place, worth 2x the money”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

There are a lot of outdoor options around Quepos and Manuel Antonio, and it can be hard to differentiate if you dont have friends there or know the area. As far as activities are concerned, this is probably the cheapest entry price for what you get, and its unique in that you can walk and explore the trails and bridges at your own pace, for as long as you want, and cool off in the nice swimming holes as well. Its adventure, relaxation, appreciation, all wrapped up in one. Definitely a must, well worth the cab fare and the entry fee.

Visited July 2012
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“Great hike, scenery, and waterfall.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

I am just going to warn you that when you get off the main road it is dirt and bumpy (we just laughed the whole time). The park is worth the drive. We saw less than ten people the whole time we were there. The hike is pleasant. The bridges are fun to walk over and the swim at the base of the waterfall was refreshing (bring towels and a change of clothes). We made the hike so we hit the waterfall towards the end. Would recommend getting there early - we had rain (didn't bother us though). Might have a better chance seeing more wildlife.

Visited August 2012
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“A rainforest all to yourself”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

We did the self guided walk by day with our teenage children who loved the bridges and platforms in the trees, we saw lots of wildlife and were really pleased to see a 'poison dart frog'. We only met one other group of people there near the end, so had the place to ourselves. You need decent footwear as the paths and bridges are tricky in places, the walk took us about 2 hours in all, as we didn't go into the waterfall pools. We waited around and had the guided nightwalk also, which was a great experience. We saw loads of things you never see by day and we were so lucky as we saw 2 types of the 'red eyed tree frog' one of them jumped onto our daughters coat!. Great value and well worth the drive from Manuel Antonio.

Visited August 2012
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