Immerse yourself in the rainforest of Costa Rica!

Come immerse yourself into the true beauty of the rainforest! Enjoy a serene horse ride from the small village of El Castillo, as you pass through gorgeous parts of the jungle before reaching our base camp. Once at the Base Camp, you will embark on your customized adventure hiking tour on our private trails that lead to pristine and majestic waterfalls and rivers in the rain forest. Our Base Camp tour includes the use of facilities, such as resting areas, kitchen, shower, and solar powered charging station.

The Area

Located just 45-minutes from La Fortuna, you will find the small town of El Castillo which is the starting point for your Base Camp Tour. The rainforest in this basin next to Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano is dense, full of wildlife and neighbors the cloudforest of Monteverde.

The Base Camp

Gavilana Base Camp consists of an extremely private four-acre farm with food forest, and camping facilities, for those who wish to stay after the tour in this slice of heaven. There is an additional cost of $35/per person if you wish to camp over night. The facilities can be reserved for to up to six campers in total. Tents and bedding are provided for all visitors and a large deck, hot water shower and shared kitchen are also available.



Wish to stay overnight at Base Camp? We are happy to accommodate longer term inquiries for an additional cost of $35/person per night. Please let us know for availability.

Full payment due at time of booking via PayPal or credit card. Cancellation more than 7 days before date of tour forfeits 50% of amount paid. Cancellation within one week of tour start date forfeits full amount paid.

Tours to Gavilana Base Camp always include:

  • English Speaking Guide to Base Camp

  • Whole day hiking guided tour on private rainforest trail to river and pristine falls

  • One way horse ride up to Base Camp

  • Shared Kitchen for Communal Cooking (Bring your own food)

  • Shared Bathroom and Shower with Hot Water

  • Shelter/Resting Area

  • Use of Firewood

  • Access to Kilometers of Private Trails

  • 3 – 5 Hour Daily Guided Hikes to Waterfall and Rivers

  • Access to Solar Powered Charging for Phones & Flashlights

Gavilana Base Camp consists of a private four acre farm that can be reserved for up to six campers. Base Camp offers a large, shared deck, hot shower and bathroom, as well as a shared kitchen*, all of which will be serviced and overseen by your tour guide and grounds manager. Solar panels for charging flash lights and cameras are available.

Tents and blankets are provided for all overnight stays which will be setup under a covered area depending on weather and climate.

The Base Camp and its neighbors are completely surrounded by the Arenal Volcano National Park. Our guests experience everything that camping on a tropical farm in a mountain forest means. Gavilana Base Camp is a great place for soul searching and writing, nature retreats, forest hiking or for just kicking back and taking it easy while surrounded by the beauty and voice of wildlife.

*FOOD NOTE: Base Camp visitors are responsible for bringing all food and drink that will be required for the duration of stay. Arrangements can be made to have food provided at an additional fee of $10 per person, per meal, if requested in advance.

This is a rustic and authentic experience of Costa Rica’s country life set in forested mountains of the continental divide.

While this is not an extreme or overly arduous hike, it is important to remember that you will be visiting and staying in the middle of the Costa Rica rainforest. It is important that you plan accordingly in terms of your personal needs that can aid you in being comfortable. I.e. rain-sun gear, insect repellent, and hiking gear.

Additionally, please remember that you are responsible for bringing all food and drink that you will require during your visit. Should you wish, we can arrange meals with proper notice and an additional fee.

Items we encourage you to bring to Gavilana Base Camp for overnight stays.

  • Water bottle

  • Towels & Toiletries

  • Insect repellent

  • Sunblock

  • Ample supply of food and snacks for duration of your stay

Photos from Past Base Camp Hikes

What Past Hikers Have to Say

We had an amazing time at this place!! It takes two hours to hike up here through the town, farms, woods, across a river and up into the cloud forest. We arrived at a magical lodge with several tents, hammocks on two floors. We had hot showers and electricity, which was an amazing treat after hiking! Michele was a wonderful host who was very knowledgeable about the forest around us, made great conversation and cooked us all of our meals. We especially loved the second floor window lookout. The waterfall hike with lunch at a neighbor’s farm was wonderful. Left a bit of our heart here. Recommend at least 2-3 nights stay!
Elena, December 2015
Our experience at the Gavilana Base Camp was awesome. Miguel was a great guide. He lives in the simple cabin-like living area with you, as well as accompanying you on any hikes. He was friendly and generous, took us on amazing trails to beautiful secluded waterfalls and taught us a lot about the plants and animals in the area.
Alex, March 2016