This Tirimbina Rainforest Centre is an educational and research centre has some rooms for visitors as well as students and scientists. There are over 9km of trails in the rainforest reserve which can be reached by a long hanging bridge across the Sarapiqui River. The accommodation is simple, but there are lush tropical gardens surrounding the centre and many birds can be spotted from the rooms and in the reserve. Visitors have access to the many onsite activities that take place in the reserve.
Rooms There are six deluxe rooms that have air-conditioning and a private terrace with chairs overlooking the tropical gardens. There are a further 12 standard rooms that also have air-conditioning, private bathroom and bunkbeds. There is also student dormitory style accommodation.
Dining The centre has a spacious open air restaurant that serves buffet style breakfast, lunch and dinner with prior reservation.
Onsite Guests have access to the rainforest reserve (only with closed toe shoes) and there are 9km of trails that can be self guided with a map. There are daily guided 2.5 hr natural history walks and a guided nightwalk looking at frogs, insects and nocturnal mammals. Guided birdwatching tours are available every morning at 6am and last 3 hours. The chocolate tour runs twice a day and is an excellent interactive presentation of the history of chocolate and how it is made from bean to bar. The tour takes place in the reserve under a thatched palapa area. The bat program is available every evening and is a 30 minute multi-media presentation followed by the chance to observe bats that have been captured that evening for research purposes.