Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park
Experience Cinco Ceibas on an overnight retreat or day trip. Choose from a selection of eco-friendly activities designed to educate and inspire. Observe birds and other wildlife without trodding on the forest floor on a guided walk on Central America’s longest boardwalk, built from sustainably harvested wood. The more adventurous can ride a horse through mixed-use farmland, kayak down the gentle rapids of the Rio Quarto, or explore the reserve in a traditional Costa Rican ox cart.
Things to Know Before You Go
Don’t miss a grove of 500-year-old ceiba trees, considered sacred to indigenous tribes.
The mile-long elevated boardwalk is wheelchair accessible.
Find modern restrooms with showers and lockers inside the park.
Most tour packages include Costa Rican meal at the on-site Cinco Fusion Cafe.
Pack for the rain forest with sunscreen, insect repellent, and sturdy shoes.
Bring a swimsuit, water shoes, and a spare change of clothes if you plan to kayak.
How to Get There
Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park is located near Costa Rica’s border with Nicaragua, at the intersection of Heredia and Alajuela provinces. Most visitors arrive at the private reserve via one of the park’s shuttle buses, which offer hotel pickup. There are a few bumps in the road on the 77-mile (124-kilometer), 2.5-hour drive from San Jose, as well as the 27-mile (43-kilometer), 45-minute drive from Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui.
When to Get There
Cinco Ceibas is open year-round. Be prepared for afternoon showers and some mud if visiting in the rainy season (May through November). Expect warmer and drier weather in late winter and spring—the most popular time for visitors.
Giving Back to the Community
Your visit helps to support Cinco Ceibas' environmental programs, including bird and panther habitat conservation, university studies, and sustainable forest management. The reserve also partners with local Costa Rican communities to improve employment, health, and English language learning.
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