About the Lodge


You won't find tennis courts and swimming pools, hair dryers or a television in your room. If instead, you seek pure nature, clean and comfortable lodging without electricity (but with warm showers en suite), communal home-style Costa Rican meals, plus an adventurous learning experience deep in the rainforest and notably different from commonplace tourism, then Rara Avis will suit you. At the same time, you will be encouraging conservation and wise use of the rainforest - the reason for the existence of Rara Avis, founded in 1983 to show how Costa Rica can make its rainforest economically productive and so save it from destruction.

It takes 3 1/2 hours to traverse the 15 km (less than 10 miles) between Las Horquetas and Rara Avis on the tractor cart ($200 each way) or on horseback ($35 each way) and on foot. You need to carry your own luggage so we recommend a manageable backpack. Because of the difficult access, we strongly recommend a minimum stay of two nights.

At 700 meters (2300 ft) above sea level the Waterfall Lodge lies secluded in pristine jungle at 10º16’53” N 84º02’43” W - bordering Braulio Carrillo National Park and the Zona Protectora La Selva. Look for us on Google Earth. The climate stays moderate and comfortable all year-round. Temperatures range from 90°F (32°C) on a hot day to 65°F (18°C). There is a lot of rain (It's a rainforest!) especially in the afternoons. 

There is little seasonal variation in daylight hours, temperature or rainfall, which is frequent but usually short-lived. However you will unquestionably need clothes that will get wet and muddy and tall rubber boots. We can lend you boots up to size 43 -9 1/2 men's but larger sizes are not easy to find anywhere in Costa Rica.

Our rates include all daily meals of typical Costa Rican fare (comidas típicas), served family style, lodging with private bath at Waterfall Lodge and one natural history guided group walk per day (private guide is available as additional service), swimming at the waterfall in good weather, relaxing on balconies, and good conversation with other guests from all around the world.

Your room is just a short walk to the dining hall/recreation/gathering place.Rooms accommodate up to 4.