Rain Maker Conservation Project
$65 bridge and riverside trail access
$45 riverside trail access only
The Rain Maker Conservation Project covers a surface area of approximately 1,350 acres, of which 80% is primary forest. There is a transitional neotropical jungle ranging from a humid rain forest to a misty cloud forest at its higher elevations, all dedicated to conservation. Rain Maker's sole use is sustainable development, which serves as a means for financing the protection of the forest, creating local employment and education programs, and studying the flora and fauna for scientific research. Less than 5% of Rain Maker is used for tourist activities. In a one-mile trail and bridge system a limited number of guided tours assures a minimum impact on the environment. A few trails, hand railings, bridges and lookout points have been created for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of visitors. Elsewhere, the jungle terrain remains just as nature intended.
A system of trails following the contours of the Río Seco river corridor are intersected by wooden bridges that allow you to traverse the jungle and enjoy an excellent view of the natural scenery with moderate effort. From the trails you may find colorful dart frogs (dendrobates auratus), interesting butterflies (morpho amotonte and others), the lizard that walks on water (baciliscus), and colorful birds such as toucans and trogons.
A system of bridges suspended from tree branches meets U.S. codes for bridge engineering. The height of these bridges extends from 30 to 180 feet (22 stories high), with a total expansion of 820 feet, distributed between six bridges; the longest section over 300 feet. In addition, the system has seven platforms positioned all at the same level for easy access. The first platform starts at ground level, and as the slope drops, the bridge becomes higher, giving the visitor the opportunity to observe an incredible variety of flora and fauna within the canopy ecosystem. A variety of cascades and waterfalls, one of which is utilized as a natural swimming pool, affords visitors the opportunity to swim in crystal clear waters under a cascading waterfall.