Tirimbina Rainforest Center, located in the community of La Virgen de Sarapiquí, is an internationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to providing environmental education to the local community, international students, and eco-tourists while also facilitating tropical science research.
This private wildlife refuge protects over 850 acres of mid-elevation tropical forests, which supports 300 species of birds including the Great Green Macaw, Royal Flycatcher, Slaty-breasted Tinamou, White-necked Puffbird, and the neotropical migrant Golden Wing Warbler. In addition, 50 species of reptiles, 43 species of amphibians, and 95 species of mammals have been identified here. Tirimbina is also an official Wildlife Refuge and animal rehabilitation center.
The reserve features more than 9km (5.5 mi.) of hiking trails that are laid out so that visitors can observe different habitats such as old cacao plantations, secondary forests, wetlands, river banks and primary rainforest. Visitors can walk to Tirimbina Island in the middle of the Sarapiquí River to go swimming or traverse the river on one of their amazing suspension bridges. You can also join individual tours, Tirimbina offers several: Bird Watching Tours, the Chocolate Tour, Night Walk, Natural History Walk or go on your own via the Self-Guided Tour.