Student Tours

Take the teaching out of the class and into the real world! We offer experiential tours designed to teach students about rainforest ecology and conservation through visits or, even better, multi-day stays in our rainforest lodge. Our staff of professional naturalist guides will be your eyes and ears in the thick forest as well as a constant source of valuable and fun information. We even have guides who have turned their passions into their specialization and have created such amazing projects as our butterfly garden, orchid garden, or frog reproduction program. Learning is mostly conducted through exciting outdoor activities such as rides on our pioneer guided aerial tram, thrilling zip-line tours, adventurous jungle treks, night safaris, river rafting, wildlife encounters (monkeys, tapir, sloth, frogs, snakes, bats, coati, and many more), and visits to our projects in the surrounding forest.

Our Tapirus Lodge, located inside the park and surrounded by pristine rainforest, offers the ideal conditions for a comfortable stay in the rainforest. The lodge features rooms with private bathrooms and hot water, a full-service restaurant, and a coffee shop.

 

Bird Watching

Costa Rica’s varied topography results in a large diversity of tropical and subtropical bird species This factor along with the facts that Costa Rica is a safe place to visit and has a very good tourism infrastructure combine to make it the first choice for many when it comes to bird watching in the Americas. Spanning 8 to 11 degrees north of the equator, Costa Rica acts as a funnel point for migrating birds with an estimated five billion passing through Costa Rica every year. The magnitude of this phenomenon is barely noticeable because most travel by night.

In addition to the great migrations, the country’s mountain ranges and vast lowlands bordering the Atlantic and Pacific oceans create many different habitats and ecosystems. Costa Rica boasts a healthy population of resident birds with over 850 species recorded so far. Some of the most important birding areas in Costa Rica include the Caribbean foothills around Braulio Carrillo and lowlands around Sarapiqui, Monteverde, the Talamanca mountains, Carara near Jaco, Corcovado National Park, Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, and Palo Verde National Park.

Our Rainforest Atlantic Park next to Braulio Carrillo sits at an altitude of 500-600 meters thus attracting a wide range of birdlife belonging to both highland and lowland habitats. Not in vain, the Rainforest Atlantic Park won the first place in the 2002 Audobon Society Annual Christmas Bird Count in Latin America with 403 species counted in one day.

Our Tapirus Lodge, located inside the park and surrounded by pristine rainforest, offers the ideal conditions for a few days of birding in and around our reserve as we are also close to other hot birding spots such as La Selva Biological Research in Sarapiqui. The lodge features simple but comfortable rooms with private bathrooms and hot water, a full-service restaurant, hummingbird garden, and coffee shop. Birding can be conducted from our pioneer aerial tram that allows birders a unique vantage point over the canopy or along our extensive network of forest trails expanding several miles within the lush forest environment. Our services include land and air transportation within the country, accommodations, specialized guides, meals, and any other special request your group may have.

 

Hiking

The Braulio Carrillo area stands out as one of the best rainforest hiking spots in the country. Miles of well-maintained forest trails at the Rainforest Atlantic Park give visitors a rare chance to delve into a pristine and protected environment with a thriving wildlife community. Most hikes render views of sloth, howler or capuchin monkeys, tapir, coatis, agouti, and if you are lucky, even anteaters, peccaries, and tayra. But it is the enormous amount of tropical birds and colorful butterflies that enhances any outing. During a hike in this magical place, you will experience the amazing world of giant tress, bright-red heliconia, whirling humming birds, and noisy monkeys in a unique jungle atmosphere. The park also offers night outings in search of frogs, tarantula, bats and other nocturnal creatures.

The Tapirus Lodge is a quaint rainforest lodge nestled in the heart of the forest that offers simple but comfortable accommodations for nature and adventure enthusiasts. The Lodge also features a full-service restaurant, an aerial tram, and zip-line tours to support your forest experience.

In addition to jungle trekking at our park, we offer a comprehensive menu of hiking options, where we combine jungle trekking with hikes on lava fields around Arenal Volcano and even more demanding expeditions to the peaks at Chirripo National Park.