Rain Forest Tram is a private nature reserve offering a wide range of activities including canopy, water rafting, bird watching, and a wonderful cable car that goes just at tree-top level. The 6-people tram glides through the trees where you can enjoy the fresh air of the forest, the sounds of the birds, and the view of wild flowers and plants.
I have never been too fond of tour guides, except when they are really knowledgeable, and this time it was a real hit! Our guide, Eduardo had a good knowledge of Costa Rica’s fauna and flora, as well as the geography and history of the park, and his homeland. His desire to share information about his country was sincere, and his first class customer service skills were not motivated by the reward of a tip. He took the time to answer with patience and detail all of my 14-year old daughter numerous questions. He explored every single rock he could find in his effort to show us a red eyed frog, a “bullet” ant and hopefully, a local snake.
Maybe a little more obvious is the guides’ preoccupation (maybe even stress) to show local fauna – any exotic animal, insect, or bird- in an attempt to have the visitor go back home with a real “tropical forest experience”. Local hosts know that tourists are eager to go home and tell friends and family about the monkey they saw, or the giant eagle that flew over their heads! Animals do not abound in this area, and you need patience and time to be able to see any wild creature.
If you come thinking that you will live the thrill of a wild safari, or see parrots doing tricks, Orlando might be a better choice for you! This is Nature, the real thing, where animals play hide and seek, where it might rain or shine, where flowers take their time to bloom and die…
If you come longing to enjoy that special silence of the forest, the far sound of a bird, a giant dry leaf falling down slowly until it reaches the floor of the forest, the soothing water finding its way through the pebbles of the river, then you have come to the right place. Get on the tram with Eduardo, make new friends, and enjoy the ride.
The park also offers a butterfly and frog garden, and a serpentarium. We visited the first one , which was not really that impressive, given the fact that tickets are quite pricy: USD 55,00 per person (gardens and serpertarium not included). The restaurant and the gift shop are quite nice, also on the pricy side, but they are not above local standards. Let’s face it: Costa Rica in not cheap.
The park offers a tour which includes transportation from San José, entrance and lunch. It will not be cheaper than buying them separately, actually a little more expensive; but nonetheless it proved to be very convenient and we regreted we did not take it. Public transportation was a good choice on our way to the park, departing from the bus terminal in San José (Buses del Caribe), but it was a nightmare on the way back, because there was no bus stop in front of the park!
For more information check their website in English or Spanish: www.rainforestrams.com Phone: (506) 2257-5961 fax: (506) 2257-6053 email: firstname.lastname@example.org