Rainmaker Aerial Walkway
Rainmaker Aerial Walkway information
Rainmaker is a privately owned rainforest that offered the first aerial walkway in Central America. From its tree-to-tree platforms, there are spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding primary and secondary rainforest and there are myriad opportunities here for great birdwatching as well as the occasional monkey sighting.
A large colorful sign marks the turnoff for Rainmaker on the Costanera Sur 15km west of Quepos.
You can opt for a day/night guided tour which maximizes your chances of spotting critters. Tours can be organized at your accommodations in Quepos.
From the parking lot and orientation area, visitors walk up a beautiful rainforest canyon with a pristine stream tumbling down the rocks. A wooden boardwalk and series of bridges across the canyon floor lead to the base of the walkway. From here, visitors climb several hundred steps to a tree platform, from which the first of six suspension bridges spans the treetops to another platform. The longest span is about 90m, and the total walkway is about 250m long. At the highest point, you are some 20 stories above the forest floor.
In addition, there are short interpretive trails that enable visitors to identify some of the local plants, and some long and strenuous trails into the heart of the 20-sq-km preserve. Keep your eye out for poison-dart frogs, which are very common along the trails!
Rainmaker also offers opportunities for volunteers to participate for two weeks to one month in one of the four departments needed to run and preserve the project. There are also opportunities to work with local schools and various community-outreach programs. Contact them for more information regarding fees and placements.