Naturalists, students, and researchers are encouraged to come and visit us at the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center and stay in our fully furnished guest house. The guest house provides comfortable accommodations for our guests, having a living room area, kitchen, bathroom, three bedrooms, and two porches to enjoy the nature outside. The kitchen and bathroom have hot water. The main bedroom has a full-sized bed. The second bedroom has a bunk-style bed, with a full-sized bed below and a twin-sized bed above. The third bedroom has a twin-sized bunk bed. The C.R.A.R.C. guest house can accommodate up to seven people.

Surrounding the guest house is a large garden area, with a small pond and a wide variety of plants. We have also planted selected species of flora in the garden area to attract wildlife, especially amphibians and birds. A very popular attraction to our guests is the small artificial pond that is located right next to the guest house. The guest house pond hosts an impressive diversity of amphibians and reptiles. Additionally, if you just feel like taking a break to relax during your travels one does not need to even leave the porches to observe some of the impressive wildlife that is so abundant in the area.

To help reduce environmental impact within the Guayacán Rainforest Reserve, reservations are made for only one group of visitors at a time. Visitors staying at the Guayacán Rainforest Reserve will have the entire guesthouse and private biological reserve exclusively to themselves!!!

 

Guests staying at the Guayacán Rainforest Reserve are allowed to explore the biological reserve on their own or take a guided tour for an additional cost.

GUIDED TOURS WITHIN THE GUAYACAN RAINFOREST RESERVE

The guided tours offered within the Guayacán Rainforest Reserve are not made up of mixed groups, so whether you are traveling alone or with a group of friends and/or family, you will have the tour experience exclusively to yourself or yourselves.

The guided tours within the Guayacán Rainforest Reserve are led by Brian Kubicki, who has been living in Costa Rica for 20 years, and during which time he has dedicated his life to studying and advancing the knowledge surrounding the amphibians throughout the country.

Tour Option # 1: PONDS AND TREE FROGS TOUR

Tour description: This nocturnal tour is a great introductory experience for visitors staying at the Guayacán Rainforest Reserve. During this tour the visitors will be able to observe a diversity of vertebrates and invertebrates associated with upland forest and pond habitats, including some very iconic Neotropical amphibian species such as the Red-eyed Leaf Frog (Agalychnis callidryas), and potentially Spurrell’s Leaf Frog (Agalychnis spurrelli).

Tour duration: ~ 2 hours.

Tour difficulty: Fairly Easy, with only moderately rough or slippery terrain experienced at a few points.

Number of amphibian species likely observed: ~ 10

Tour Option # 2: PONDS AND ILEX STREAM TOUR

Tour description: This tour expands upon the “Ponds and Tree Frogs Tour” by also including a brief exploration of a section of riparian forest along the Ilex Stream. This is a great option for people wanting to have an opportunity to experience all three principal habitat types (upland forest, ponds, and riparian forest) and the diversity of species found within while not being too demanding physically. Additionally, this tour also includes a brief stop at one of the sites where the C.R.A.R.C. has been implementing pioneering in situ conservation work with two key amphibian species for more than 15 years, the Splendid Leaf Frog (Cruziohyla calcarifer) and the Ghost Leaf Frog (Agalychnis lemur). The Ghost Leaf Frog is a critically endangered species, and the Guayacán Rainforest Reserve is one of the very few places on the planet where people actually have the opportunity to observe this beautiful small species.

Tour duration: 2 to 3 hours.

Tour difficulty: Fairly Easy, with only moderately rough or slippery terrain experienced at a few points.

Number of amphibian species likely observed: 10 to 15

Tour Option # 3: SIQUIRRES RIVER TOUR

Tour description: The riparian habitats within the premontane rainforests along the Caribbean slopes of Costa Rica harbor some of the highest concentrations of biodiversity on the planet, and this tour allows visitors to experience part of that astonishing diversity. Numerous impressive species of flora and fauna will observed on this tour, including glass frogs and other stream breeding frogs such as the Red-eyed Stream Frog (Duellmanohyla rufioculis) and potentially the very rare Palmer’s Stream Frog (Hyloscirtus palmeri). The upper Siquirres River valley has some truly beautiful forest.

Tour duration: 3 to 4 hours.

Tour difficulty: Fairly Easy, with only moderately rough or slippery terrain experienced at a few points.

Number of amphibian species likely observed: 10 to 15

Tour Option # 4: PIPELINE TRAIL TOUR

Tour description: This tour offers a similar experience to that of the “Ponds and Ilex Stream Tour” by allowing the visitors to experience all three principal habitat types (upland forest, ponds, and riparian forest) and the diversity of species found within, but covers more ground, resulting in being able to observe even more species. This tour also includes a brief stop at another site where the C.R.A.R.C. has been implementing pioneering in situ conservation work with two key amphibian species for more than 15 years, the Splendid Leaf Frog (Cruziohyla calcarifer) and the Ghost Leaf Frog (Agalychnis lemur). The Ghost Leaf Frog is a critically endangered species, and the Guayacán Rainforest Reserve is one of the very few places on the planet where people actually have the opportunity to observe this beautiful small species.

Tour duration: 3 to 4 hours.

Tour difficulty: Fairly Easy, with only moderately rough or slippery terrain experienced at a few points.

Number of amphibian species likely observed: 15 to 20

Tour Option # 5: NORTHERN RESERVE TOUR

Tour description: This tour offers an impressive mixture of species assemblages for the visitors of the Guayacán Rainforest Reserve to observe as we explore upland forest, riparian forest, and ponds. During this nocturnal tour we will be able to observe an impressive diversity of vertebrates and invertebrates, including some very iconic Neotropical amphibian species such as glass frogs, other stream breeding frogs like the Red-eyed Stream Frog (Duellmanohyla rufioculis) and potentially the very rare Palmer’s Stream Frog (Hyloscirtus palmeri), and leaf frogs such as Red-eyed Leaf Frog (Agalychnis callidryas), the very rare Ghost Leaf Frog (Agalychnis lemur), which is a critically endangered species, very likely the quite appropriately named Splendid Leaf Frog (Cruziohyla calcarifer), and even potentially hundreds of Spurrell’s Leaf Frog (Agalychnis spurrelli) engaged in explosive breeding activity.

Tour duration: ~ 5 hours.

Tour difficulty: Moderate to high difficulty, with rough terrain experienced at some points and required hiking on potentially very slippery soil and rocks within streambeds.

Number of amphibian species likely observed: ~ 20

Tour Option # 6: EASTERN RESERVE TOUR

Tour description: Simply put, this tour is the best we have to offer. This hike will pass through a variety of the most beautiful and pristine habitat types within the Guayacán Rainforest Reserve, often requiring hiking through sections of forest where there are no trails. For those wanting to have an authentic learning and exploration adventure, while at the same time having the opportunity to observe what will likely become a personal highlight in species diversity observation, this tour is for you, but be forewarned, you will sweat…

Tour duration: ~ 6 hours.

Tour difficulty: Moderate to high difficulty, with rough terrain experienced at some points and required hiking on potentially very slippery soil and rocks within streambeds.

Number of amphibian species likely observed: 20 or more

 

Visitors can also arrange to receive a personally customized amphibian observation tour with Brian to other biologically diverse sites throughout Costa Rica.

For more information about staying in our guesthouse at the Guayacán Rainforest Reserve, the guided tours we offer within the reserve, or setting up a personally customized amphibian observation tour to other regions within Costa Rica please contact us.

 

Our pioneering research and conservation efforts are made possible thanks to the funds that are generated by our visitors and private donations. Please consider helping support our work by coming to visit us on your next trip to Costa Rica or by making a donation.