To hike in the Children’s Eternal Rainforest (known locally as El Bosque Eterno de los Niños or the BEN) is to experience one of the most beautiful natural treasures of Costa Rica. The BEN was created in 1987 through the efforts of children from 44 nations, and it represents one of the most inspiring conservation stories of the 20th Century. The BEN is the largest private reserve in Costa Rica, and it anchors a 250,000 acre expanse of cloud forest and lower elevation expressions of forest habitat. We at Luna Nueva have worked for decades to expand the private reserve, and we helped to create the wildlife corridor that connects the BEN to the Luna forest. We give thanks to the BEN for our fresh water flowing from rainforest springs, for our jaguars and ocelots, and for all the wildlife that migrates up and down the Caribbean slope, from the heights of the BEN down into the Luna forest.
At the Poco Sol research station you will hike through “premontane” or mid elevation rainforest, offering different species and plant forms than are found in our Luna Nueva rainforest. You may encounter the famous Umbrella Bird, trees of golden-plumed Montezuma Oropendola, and bubbling mud pits where geotechnonic plates collide. Yes, you can rub the hot volcanic mud on your faces! The many trails offer a range of hiking challenge, and after your hike you can refresh yourself with a swim in the lake that fills the caldera of this extinct volcano. We will arrange your four-wheel drive transportation to the research station and provide a guide who will enrich your experience of this magical rainforest.
Departure at Luna: 7.30am
Duration: 8 hours
Recommended ages: 5-80 yr old.
Rack : 1-3 guests $145 + tax per person
4 or more guests $100 + tax per person (special rates for groups)
What to bring: Quick dry clothing or poncho, socks, sunblock, mosquito repellent, change of clothes, camera.
Includes: Entrance fee, rubber boots, lunch and professional bilingual guide.
Hiking level: Intermediate
This tour requires a minimum of 4 guests.