Imagine roughing your way down a bumpy dirt road in the middle of the jungle, passing through small and quaint villages along the way, all the while inhaling the tropical scents of fruit trees and Costa Rican women cooking up breakfast for the family. It is like out of a fairytale, a childhood story book and everything seems untouched. You pass through rows and rows of tropical trees, and your guide from Rainmaker tells you about the palm oil business while you watch workers cut down the fruits of the trees manually. No machines!
If you are lucky and have a good eye along this long journey you will spot all sorts of animals and birds within the jungle. From toucans to strange blue birds, with beaks colored like candy striped lollipops.
The journey here is nothing short of amazing, and if your mind is still stuck home, with responsibilities of work or stress, this place manages to take it all away. As if you have been blasted into another time and era. A place of near uncharted perfection.
That is the road to Rainmaker Park, and the journey there is just about as interesting as the things you will find inside of this nature preserve.
Upon our arrival we were in no rush to take the trails up through the mountains to find the suspension bridges, no, not at all. Instead we walked about the property observing strange water apple trees, nests of odd spiders, and the funny lizards that greeted us by standing on two hind legs and sprinting across the beautifully manicured lawns and pastures.
Keep your eyes peeled for the leaf ants too, they are easy to miss, but once you spot them just stand back and glory in the work being done as the trail of them seems endless as small green leaves seem to move across the way like magic.
After taking pictures, we were greeted by the owners, or workers. We are not sure which. The people running the place are friendly, and the entrance is $15.00, for an additional $5.00 you get lunch after your trek through the trails. I suggest you spend the $5.00, as it was the best meal we had in Costa Rica. The dish feels authentic to the culture, and it was delicious. The Soup Sop drinks at the end were also authentic and refreshing!
Once on the trails take your time and look around, do not rush things as you can miss the glory this place offers if you rush. Along the ways, passing over amazing suspension bridges we spotted 2 dart frogs. We had been in Costa Rica for a week and Rainmaker was the only place we got to see these amazing beautiful neon green and black frogs.
We also spotted some monkeys, a toucan, dozens of random lizards and a few fresh water frogs. The animals are not the only pleasing finds to the eyes though. We spotted many, many different colorful flowers and orchids and huge blue butterflies that looked to be larger than some birds.
After passing over the numerous suspension bridges, we landed upon gorgeous tiered waterfalls which you can swim in. The water is cold, and there are no dangerous species of fish in the watering holes below; I know, I brought my snorkeling gear. Nothing in the water but a few friendly small schools of smaller type fish.
Swimming under the waterfalls was the most refreshing and uplifting experience I had while in Costa Rica, and there is more than just one waterfall, the park greets you with many falling tiers, and there are quite a few of them where you can swim underneath safely.
The suspension bridges vary from easy to cross smaller bridges, to the great gusto which is a long journey and an exhilarating one at that! Looking down from the longest and largest one gives you a sense of freedom, and it is simply amazing.
Overall it took us around 2-3 hours to get through the trails throughout the park. We went at opening time 7:30am, and we had the entire place to ourselves!
Anyone and everyone. There is a lot of uphill walking but if you take it slow, it does not get tiring.
Rainmaker is so worth a visit, if not an entire afternoon to just swim about in the watering holes underneath the waterfalls. The water is crystal clear, and so refreshing. I recommend bringing along a snorkel and mask to see the small freshwater river fish swimming about in the waterfall swimming holes.