Exclusive Private Tours in the rainforest

In this extraordinary natural setting, you’ll find a space that’s yours to roam. Let your interests lead the way. Follow fresh tapir tracks that wander into the forest, or let a bird call guide your steps; work up a sweat on a rigorous hike, or while away the hours watching wildlife from one of the carefully designed platforms along the way. Amble from mature rain forest to secondary jungle, from open grassland to a hummingbird garden, from wetland to springs to the crystal river. Design your day with the help of experienced guides who are ready to share their deep knowledge and passion for northern Costa Rica with you. Tapir Valley is one-of-a-kind in Costa Rica because of the qualities it brings together. It’s a spectacular private reserve that’s fully owned and managed by community leaders. We offer you top-notch customer service and attention to detail without detracting from the wild, untouched quality of the 220 acre private rainforest reserve. The reserve is owned and managed by local Bijaguan nature guide Donald Varela Soto and fellow Bijaguan Melvin Rodríguez and their families.

Family Nature Tour

Do you want to share with the future generation a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the rainforest? Are you eager to inspire young naturalists and conservationists to join the solution to our plane...
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You can see our latest reviews on TripAdvisor to know what our guests things about Tapir Valley. We are slo listed on eBird and iNaturalist.

We experienced the wonder of Tapir Valley earlier this year. The stroll through this beautiful forest is made even more special by Donald. His quiet, knowledgeable approach puts you instantly at one with nature. Spotting the tiniest birds,Tapir footprints, fabulous lookouts and sparkling fresh water,his passion for the forest and love of flora and fauna creates an atmosphere that makes you feel like you never want to leave this patch of paradise.
Carol S
Carol S
Broome, Australia
We've had the opportunity to go birding with Donald at Tapir Valley on three occasions over the years, and it's one of the best birding spots in Costa Rica. Tapir Valley has a variety of habitats, an excellent diversity of birds, and because it's private, is the perfect place to explore without large groups or crowds of people. The best part of Tapir Valley is the owner, Donald. Donald is an excellent guide, and he's intimately familiar with the flora and fauna of the area. We've had a great experience birding with Donald and can't wait to return!
Mike, USA
Mike, USA