The Childrens Eternal Rainforest is an amazing place to spend a few hours. From the history of the administration to the ongoing natural history of the forest, you are sure to be fascinated by this biological wonder.
A small contribution from millions of children funded the purchase and administration of the Childrens Eternal Rainforest. In 1987 children from Sweden and the United States were asked to save pennies in milk containers. I was one of those kids, saving every penny I could find. It truly is amazing to see what a drop in the bucket can do!
The forest protects over 22,500 hectares or 55,000 acres of tropical forest making it the largest private reserve in Costa Rica. It borders the Monteverde Reserve, Miramar, Arenal Volcano National Park and Alberto Manuel Brenes Reserve in San Ramon which combine to make one of the most encompassing biological corridors in the country.
After being picked up from your la Fortuna area hotel you will drive through the rural countryside to La Tigra. A 4x4 will be waiting to take you the rest of the way on the unpaved road to the Poco Sol Biological Station. The road to the reserve is long and bumpy so you will need to bring a sense of adventure.
When you arrive at the reserve the park ranger will explain the history of the reserve including what has been done and plans for the future. The guide will then lead you on a hike through primary forest on the La Zamia Trail. In the afternoon you hike the Catarata Velo de Novia trail in search of wildlife.
Lunch will be provided at the most opportune time on the tour. While this is not an extreme hike, it is considered a moderate level hike which can be in muddy terrain making it more difficult.
You will be returned to your hotel after the tour which lasts around 6 hours. Keep in mind that the duration can change based on a wide variety of reasons. In addition to lunch and transportation this tour also includes a naturalist guide and entrance fees.
- Visit the largest privately owned reserve in Costa Rica
- Hike through the rainforest
- Pass through rural countryside that few tourists see