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Arenal, Monteverde, and the Northern Lowlands Hotels

Rara Avis Rainforest Lodge and Reserve

  • Local Flavor

Pros

  • Many activities
  • Plenty of wildlife

Cons

  • Rough trip to get here
  • Expensive for amenities provided
  • Property in need of renovation

Updated 04/09/2014

Fodor's Review

Toucans, sloths, great green macaws, howler and spider monkeys, vested anteaters, and tapirs may be on hand to greet you when you arrive at the lodge and cabins in Costa Rica's most popular private reserves, open only to overnight guests. Accommodations are basic, with minimal amenities and no electricity, and are available in the Waterfall Lodge, near a 59-meter (197-foot) waterfall; Las Casitas, two-room cabins with shared bath and cold water; or the River Edge Cabin,

a 10-minute walk through the forest. Rates include guides, day tours, and meals. It's time-consuming to get here—your journey from Las Horquetas is on a tractor-pulled cart for groups of 8–14 people ($25 per person one way)—so the minimum stay is two nights.

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Hotel Information

Address:

Las Horquetas, 41003, Costa Rica

Phone:

/2764–1111; /2764–1114; /2200–4238

Hotel Details:

  • 14 rooms, 8 with bath
  • All-inclusive

Updated 04/09/2014

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By Suzanna

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Oct 22, 2005

I'd rather go to hell

No Beer! No food. No power. No hot water. No sure footing. Never again. Yes it looked beautiful but spare yourself don't visit and just check out the photos on the website. This place is not worth the 3 hour ass ripping trip. Aside from a snake or two the only animal I saw was the giant fearless rat that lived in my cabin and ate my beauty products.

By Hollis

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Oct 22, 2005

Rara Avis = Rice and Beans

You will go hungry here. In fact it is a great place to loose weight. Incredible setting, but this place needs a lot of work! Quite expensive to rough it. Trails are unmaintained, dangerous and very difficult. This place is for plants and insects, animal encounters are extremely rare. PS Ditch the "tractor ride" and walk or rent a horse.

By Brendan

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Jun 6, 2005

Beautiful place but mismanaged

Rara Avis is a beautiful place, but don't expect to be well fed and dispite what the website claims there is no electricity in any of the rooms. There was also no meat at several meals (we were there 5 nights) which is unacceptable at the prices charged. I would not advise anyone to stay here more than one or two nights. The trails and access road are also tough going. That being said the nature here is very beautiful and the staff tries very

hard to deal with all the hardships making your stay as plesant as possible given the difficult circumstances.

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