Rainmaker Park
Rainmaker Park
4.5
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A conservation project with hiking trails and hanging bridges. Located in the Quepoa Biologic Corridor. There is a small visitors center. Guides are available for hire for a separate fee. Located 30 minutes from Quepos. Heading north on the coast road. Right turn at the Rainmaker sign. A privately owned project. Entance fee is $23 USD (includes tax) cash, ZELLE, Paypal at the visitor's center.
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Km/13 MI Northeast Of Quepos 22, Parrita 60901 Costa Rica
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  • hso
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful and great suspension bridges
    There is no need to pay for a tour, you can drive yourself. The first part of the drive is on the highway then there is a turnoff and it is unpaved. The unpaved road was fine, but you had to drive slowly. Rainmaker was really beautiful. I loved going on the suspension bridges. You can also go in the stream, but we chose not too because then you would be all wet for the rest of the hike. The highlight was seeing poison dart frogs! They were so cute and close that I wanted to touch them. It was so great because not many people were there, so we could enjoy the serenity.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 29, 2023
  • Christie B
    Irvine, California2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss this unique hiking opportunity!
    We had a fabulous morning visiting Rainmaker Park. We loved the hanging bridges and spending time cooling off in the waterfalls. There was a lot of shade on the hike and very few bugs. Order lunch before your hike that is served when you return to the check in area. We enjoyed a delicious lunch for only $7/per person by the kindest women. Overall, great experience!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 14, 2023
  • Christie B
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique experience you won't want to miss!
    We spent a wonderful morning hiking at Rainmaker Park. We loved the suspension bridges and cooling off in the waterfalls. The hike provided a lot of shade and had very few bugs. We saw a few really cool iguanas and a toucan eating near us along the path. The lunch at the end is totally worth it! Spend the $7 before you hike & lunch will be served upon your return. All of the employees were friendly & helpful. Overall, it was a great experience!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 14, 2023
  • StressedOutTraveler
    43 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rustic, for the adventurous type
    This was fun, but not quite what we expected. This is very rustic and a bit off the beaten path. The hike up to the waterfalls is up and up and more up - very steep. Lots of hanging bridges - I kept thinking I hope it holds me across. Pretty waterfalls and people went swimming. I think it was a bit too adventurous for me. The hike was also slippery because it was very damp. Lots of bugs too. The road up is a dirt road and random dogs in the middle of the road.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Amir G
    Thornhill, Canada418 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lived Up To Its Name! Amazing!
    So, the entire month we were in Costa Rica, the weather agreed with us. However, the trip to Rainmaker proved to be something else entirely. We drove up to the park on a clear and sunny day expecting a hike with some waterfalls, bridges, and pools. We were surprised that the park was nearly empty and that there was not much instruction on what to do once in the park. There was no real record of us entering, but, there was nothing shady about it. Once in the park, we stuck to the trail, as advised. We saw many of the green poison dart frogs, from tiny babies to the adults (which are still quite small). There were markers where poisonous snakes had been spotted and we saw one or two. The real fun were the hanging bridges. If you're scared of heights, this is not the park for you! These bridges were hung from platform to platform and the views were simply breathtaking. There were numerous waterfalls and the map showed us several pools to bathe in once we were on the return leg of the trek. However, as soon as we got into one of the pools, the park lived up to its name and rain descended upon up like poor Noah in the Bible. Since we were in the pool already and wet, this was not a big deal. However, the rain did not let up and as we put on our hiking boots to continue the trek out of the park, we literally were walking in waterlogged shoes. However, that was all part of the fun and, since the temperature was still warm, we did not mind one bit... we just stayed in bathing suits for the rest of it. The only weird thing was when we exited the park, there was nobody. The attendant had left for the day and, had we not exited, I don't think anybody would have noticed until the next day. ours were the only cars in the lot and there wasn't much else around. Overall, a great time was had by all, kids and adults. The park is simply incredible. Well-recommended.
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Mathilde
    Oslo, Norway20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful trip in the rain forest
    Thank you so much for this experience. Our guide, Edvard, has amazing calm energy but also very funny. He guided us through the amazing rain forest, which was breathtakingly beautiful. I would want to come back to this wonderful place any day. The lunch was tasty, local and fresh. The driver was also very nice. Would highly recommend!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 11, 2023
  • ADurant
    23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice jungle loop with cool bridges
    Nice hike though the jungle. It was the perfect distance for our 13 year old and 9 year old. We saw lots of green/black and brown frogs. It took about 1 hour and was pretty wet and humid. The pools did look fun to jump in but we didn’t bring our suits or towels so skipped it. There are lots of stairs and swinging slippery bridges. The parking lot felt safe to leave our luggage in our car. Perfect stop on the way back from manual Antonio to San Jose.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Mrs C
    Surrey, United Kingdom62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good family fun with plenty of nature
    Stunning place to visit as a family. The trail itself is not long, but takes a while and packs in some breathtaking views. We also saw lots of frogs! There was a lot of uneven ground and climbing, but our children (girls ages 3, 5 and 9) managed the terrain well in wet weather. We could not swim in any pools as it had been raining and the river was far too high and fast for safety, sadly. My only concern was the gaps under the side nets on the walkways being bigger than I expected- too easy for a 3yo to slip through in my personal opinion. Having said that, I held 3yo and 5yo by the wrist tightly and we safely navigated all of them and had fun. I would absolutely recommend this as a family activity in October, when it is quiet, just don't expect to swim if it has been stormy. Lovely lunch too.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 23, 2023
  • Holly L
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful waterfalls and a good cardio workout!
    One of our favorite activities! The hanging bridges and steps do require physical strength and balance -- our group of adults, teens, tweens, and a 5yo handled it well. We didn't try the easier river walks. We loved swimming in the waterfalls. We all wore sneakers as the website recommends, but we wish we had brought water shoes or sneakers that we were willing to swim in, because the bottom of the swimming holes are very rocky. Tip: The first swimming hole is great but gets crowded. Literally around the corner is a smaller and more spectacular waterfall that you can probably have to yourself! We didn't try the restaurant; we brought snacks and water with us.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 2, 2024
  • piggyLondon
    London, United Kingdom112 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get there early
    We went to rainmaker park while staying in the area. We got there as it opened (9am) and started on the self guided route which had some fantastic views. The park has two main features - the Indiana Jones style metal hanging bridges and the multiple waterfalls with 5 swimming pools. Takes about 2 hours in total including swim stops. At 26 dollars each its not cheap but it was one of the best things we did in Costa Rica. The park is old but well preserved - the route is not arduous but would recommend trainers rather than flipflops. We went with our swimming costumes on as there are only changing rooms at the kiosk. The bridges are spectacular but move a little while you are on them which adds to the experience. The water in the waterfalls is surprisingly warm and pleasant (December) and was worth the trip. As we were first people there we never saw another person and had the bridges and waterfalls to ourselves which was great. By the time we returned to the kiosk there were lots of others staring out which would have not been as good.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 7, 2024
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Deborah J
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We chose a self-guided hike at 11am and realized part way in that some of the bridges and parts of the trail were precarious and dangerous. Some of the cliff sides were not barriered or roped and if we slipped or lost balance over we'd go. This is not for the faint of heart nor for those with physical issues. At ages 65 and 72 we found the tires hard to maneuver through, especially on the down slopes. There was no waiver to sign, no way to call for help and very few other walkers at that time. When we finally arrived back 4 hours later the 'reception' was closed, water bottles locked up and no check in with anyone for a head count. This place is certainly 'go at your own risk and peril'. The 3 stars is for the beauty and sounds in the rainforest and the peacefulness of the area.
Written February 24, 2020
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UF P
Gulfport, FL7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This place is expertly designed! There were many measures that had been taken to ensure the easiest hike possible (still strenuous!) Their creativity was impressive. The surrounding nature is stunning. Their estimate that it takes approximately 2.5 hours to get through the park is quite accurate. They provide hiking sticks to borrow! Not to mention have a nice clean bathroom (a luxury not to be taken for granted in Costa Rica) and the food at the end of the tour was great for $7. If you're on the fence, definitely worth checking out! We did not have a guided tour (price difference of $20 entry vs $80 guided tour - probably would get more out of going with the guide if you can afford it. I certainly think it would have been worth the extra money). A place I hope to return with my kids someday.
Written January 25, 2020
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cecilyJ
Farmington, UT194 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
I loved this place! First things first, this place accepts CASH ONLY which is not posted on any road signs and we didn’t know this. We drove 40 minutes out to an ATM and 40 minutes back. It’s $20/person. We did this hike alone but we were approached by a guide for an extra $25/person. For us, it was not worth having a guide. He told us we’d feel like we were running around like chickens with our heads cut off, but we never felt like that. There is no map to hand out to hikers, but if you stay on the large main path, you will find a sign with the map fairly soon.

It was so peaceful and serene. We started our loop going counterclockwise by the river first. The sounds of the river filled the path, even up on the hanging bridges. We crossed a few hanging bridges on the lower path and waded into the water a few different times. The beauty here meets you at every corner. There were several hanging bridges on the upper part of the circle and it was so fun! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and soaked up the beauty. I would definitely come back to this place.
Written March 16, 2020
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mikeinsac
Sacramento, CA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
I spent a few extra days in Quepos and saw a review of this park nestled up against the mountains. I followed the advice of another reviewer and decided to give it a try. It was a highlight of my trip! The trails are gorgeous with many waterfalls throughout. I was offered a guide for a small extra fee, but declined because I had intended to take my time taking photos and didn't want to feel rushed. While I did come across one poison dart frog, I'm sure I missed so much more around me. Next time I will definitely opt for the guide and then maybe cirlce back for photos that I might want to take. There are a few natural pools along the river that you can take a dip in that are beautiful and look safe. Please do yourself a favor and visit this park. You won't regret it!!!
Written December 25, 2020
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BackinBracknell
Bracknell, UK1,509 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We did several night tours in different parts of Costa Rica and all the guides we had were great and we saw different things each time. We had Jose for our Rainmaker tour and he found snakes, insects, toads and frogs. He was very enthusiastic and energetic and an expert at taking close up photos for us on our smartphones. We got some superb pics including of a glass frog which we hadn't seen anywhere else. He also made sure our group was kept safe by providing everyone with a stick to walk with and telling people to stay close to him and not to touch anything! So the jungle experience was great but we were a bit disappointed with Jade Tours (reviewed separately) due to poor organisation, poor condition of the minibus and poor food at the end.
Written March 21, 2020
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piggyLondon
London, UK112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We went to rainmaker park while staying in the area. We got there as it opened (9am) and started on the self guided route which had some fantastic views. The park has two main features - the Indiana Jones style metal hanging bridges and the multiple waterfalls with 5 swimming pools.

Takes about 2 hours in total including swim stops. At 26 dollars each its not cheap but it was one of the best things we did in Costa Rica.

The park is old but well preserved - the route is not arduous but would recommend trainers rather than flipflops. We went with our swimming costumes on as there are only changing rooms at the kiosk. The bridges are spectacular but move a little while you are on them which adds to the experience. The water in the waterfalls is surprisingly warm and pleasant (December) and was worth the trip.

As we were first people there we never saw another person and had the bridges and waterfalls to ourselves which was great. By the time we returned to the kiosk there were lots of others staring out which would have not been as good.
Written January 7, 2024
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Josh
Boston, MA8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Really great spot. It’s not huge but has a decent hike, bridges if you want to go those routes and quite a number of pools to swim in. Even in the peak of dry season the pools were cool and refreshing. The hiking is a bit steep in areas but nothing unmanageable unless you have a serious physical condition. I have a bad back and did fine. It was quite hot and am quite humid even during dry season. The water was very cool and refreshing. Take the path around to hit the pools at the end of your time there.

A couple recommendations. Bring water shoes especially if you have the nice sneaker kind. Changing into my hiking shoes with wet feet and sweaty socks sucked. Bring an extra shirt, I carried a backpack and got really sweaty and depending on how far to your hotel you’ll want a new shirt. Bring bug spray, this is the only area of Costa Rica we had run into any bugs. We got chewed up a little bit but nothing out of the ordinary. The drive in is a long dirt road strongly suggest an suv. My only gripe with the experience was it seems a bit expensive for what it was, $46 for a couple. Something like $30 seems more reasonable to me, but I get it it cost money to maintain and operate and they aren’t getting government subsidies since it’s private. If you’re in the area it worth a stop for a couple of hours to explore the jungle, seem aim water falls and cool off in nature.
Written February 2, 2024
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Mrs C
Surrey, UK62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Stunning place to visit as a family. The trail itself is not long, but takes a while and packs in some breathtaking views. We also saw lots of frogs! There was a lot of uneven ground and climbing, but our children (girls ages 3, 5 and 9) managed the terrain well in wet weather. We could not swim in any pools as it had been raining and the river was far too high and fast for safety, sadly. My only concern was the gaps under the side nets on the walkways being bigger than I expected- too easy for a 3yo to slip through in my personal opinion. Having said that, I held 3yo and 5yo by the wrist tightly and we safely navigated all of them and had fun. I would absolutely recommend this as a family activity in October, when it is quiet, just don't expect to swim if it has been stormy. Lovely lunch too.
Written October 23, 2023
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Adrienne L
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
This ecological park honestly blew me away. It hasn’t been fully commercialized so the experience felt so authentic and natural. The views are stupendous, the bridges (so many!) were thrilling and felt safe, the waterfalls were fun to wade into. It’s not crowded at all and very atmospheric. Takes about 2 hours to do the full circle and take ok views/take a dip in a waterfall or two. Hike is somewhat strenuous but my active kindergartener had no issues. I think the price is very reasonable. One of my top Costa Rican experiences and one I’ll never forget.
Written March 28, 2022
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Kim S
Chattanooga, TN86 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
I did a three hour night tour at Rainmaker and was very impressed with the amount of wildlife in this park. My favorite part was a pond before you actually enter the trails. There were all sorts of frogs and turtles to photograph. Inside the forest, we continued to see great wildlife, including red-eyed tree frogs and a breeding pair of kinkajou in a tree. There are several swinging bridges. It is a cool place.
Written April 17, 2022
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