Ecocentro Danus Rainforest Reserve was the first of our three rainforest tours in Costa Rica. As each region we visited in Costa Rica had a different climate it was well worth seeing each area as the plants and animals varied.
One of main main concerns about taking our children to the rainforests was that it would be too hot and humid. However, all the tours we did started early (this was a 7 am pick up) and therefore were finished by the midday heat. We felt that the Ecocentro Danus tour was great for families with young children as it was a short drive from Arenal and there were flat paths to follow.
This rainforest reserve is perfect for families with young children. We had our own guide and could go at our own pace. The only downside compared to the other rainforest tours we did was that we didn’t have a telescope. The guide, however, did have some fantastic binoculars meaning I got to see a glimpse of a Toucan.
The reserve was filled with tiny little poison dart frogs which was a highlightfor me. After the boys had watched so much Deadly 60 I was really hoping to see these and this was the only area that we saw them. Little man was great at spotting these tiny little red frogs. He was also good at reminding me not to lick them!
The reserve has a special netted butterfly area, where you could get up close to the beautiful butterflies. This really demonstrated the power of insect repellent too as they would not land on any region that had been sprayed!
In the lake big man managed to spot a caiman before our guide. The reflection and leaves really camouflage this little fella!
We got to see a massive colony of leaf cutter ants and it is absolutely mesmerizing watching them. Here they are getting rid of their waste.
Big man and I also had a go at I’m a celebrity style eating of termites. Apparently if you are ever stuck in a rainforest this is what you need to look out for to eat. I can’t say I was a massive fan.
This was also our first glance of a three toed sloth. A tear came to my eye as he looked down at us and I am pleased to say that we got to see many more of these amazing creatures on our travels.
There is a small gift shop on site at Ecocentro Danus which is reasonably priced (unfortunately we found this out with hindsight!)
Our trip lasted about 2 hours and this was perfect for small children and also meant we were back to the hotel pool by lunch.
As with any rainforest tour in Costa Rica, a guide is essential for you to get the most out of your visit.
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