My wife and I visited Rainmaker with our six-year-old son in early February, 2014. We took a taxi from Quepos, which we arranged the night before. The round-trip fare for the approximately 40-minute (one way) trip was $65.00 US, and the driver came back to meet us at a pre-arranged time. We arrived at about 10:00, and were one of the first groups to enter the park. Payment is made at the only building on-site, which is also the cafeteria and the location of the only washrooms that we saw. You can hire a guide, apparently, although we didn't see anyone offering this service when we arrived. We hadn't intended to get a guide anyway, so it didn't matter to us, but you might want to confirm availability by calling ahead.You can borrow a walking stick, which isn't a bad idea if you have any mobility issues. Trails are narrow and steep in some plavces, with uneven surfaces. You will not be given a paper copy of a trail map, so if you can download one before you visit that would be a good idea. otherwise you can photograph a trail map with your smartphone. There are numeric markers along the trails that will alow you to orient yourself. The park has three main attractions - the rainforest, the hanging bridges, and the river where you can swim in one of several pools. The rainforest is lush and spectacular, with periodic openings (including a lookout on one side loop of the trail) that afford stunning views towards the Gulf of Nicoya. The hanging bridges are impressive and in some cases, quite high indeed. The construction is not like similar bridges in other parts of Costa Rica. If you are familiar with the ones in Arenal, for example, the Rainmaker bridges might cause your heart to beat a bit faster. they are narrower and probably more "swing-y", but on the other hand they don't have those steel mesh "see thruogh" walking surfaces that freak a lot of people out. Instead they have boards laid on top of what look like extension ladder sections. Don't lay or drop small items on the walking surface, because they could roll off the bridge! The platforms where the bridges are attched to trees are a bit unsettling, as they have only a two-bar railing and no mesh. One platform that we stood on was missing part of the railing, and ropes had been attached instead. This is not a very reassuring situation if you have small kids. While common sense will see you through, you had better plan to exercise plenty of it. These platforms are HIGH. The river is a great cooling-off spot. It's obviously a "swim at your own risk" place, so once again use common sense. Our entry tickets paid for our lunch, which we ate when we finished walking the trails. Lunch was casado style - chicken and rice, beans, salad, and juice - quite tasty and satisfying. No one said we couldn't have as much as we wanted. The advertising indicates that Rainmaker runs a micro-brewery and that their beer is available, but when we went there there was no beer. So don't count on it. Again, ask ahead if that matters to you. We were able to do some birdwatching on the trails and around the gardens that surround the headquarters building. A guide might be advisable for this, as the forest is dense and having someone who knows where to find the birds in all that vegetation would certainly be a big benefit. Visitors should wear good footwear and carry a minimum of gear. Remember to print or photograph a trail map. Calling ahead to confirm details such as availability of guides, lunch, and IPA could make your visit more satisfying. Allow yourself at least three hours, which would include time for lunch, as well as the time to and from the park.
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