Tirimbina is a non-profit organization created to conserve the rainforest and to provide environmental education and scientific research. This Private Wildlife Refuge protects 345 hectares of midelevation forest (pre-montane) and its 9 kilometers of trails pass through several ecosystems of the forest and river.
The forest that the Tirimbina Rainforest Center protects, was obtained in 1960 by Robert Hunter, a citizen of the United States who came to Costa Rica to work with the American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture. In the 60’s Mr. Hunter made contact with various professionals in nature sciences. Amongst these was Dr. Allen Young of the Milwaukee Public Museum, who, up to this day, remains involved with the Tirimbina forest. In 1995, Dr. Hunter sold the forest and the Tirimbina Rainforest Center was born. The sponsors for the purchase of Tirimbina were the Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) and the Riveredge Nature Center (RNC), until 1999.
In 2000 the Museum assumed complete sponsorship. In 2001, Tirimbina was declared a “Private Wildlife Refuge”, giving it national prestige for its efforts on conservation and education about the tropical forest. In 2005, Tirimbina Rainforest Center takes over operations, when the Milwaukee Public Museum retreats from the organizations’ management, thus renewing the Board of Directors, incorporating members in Costa Rica. In 2009 The non-profit Tirimbina Association is established for Conservation, Research and Education, based in Costa Rica, who now owns the assets and activities of the Tirimbina Rainforest Center.
■ Regular tours include Natural history walks, Chocolate Tour, Birding Tour, Bat tour, Night
walk and Frog Tours.
■ We especially recommend the Chocolate Tour!
■ It is best to make a reservation for these tours, let us know and we can help you. Daytime
activities are usually at 8am, 10am, 1:30pm and 3pm. Night tours are at 7:30pm and Bird
tours at 6am.
■ All tours are approximately 2 hours long.
■ The tours generally cost $30 per person and are available in English and Spanish and
some other languages. Private tours and tours for one person are more expensive.
■ Children 5 years or younger do not pay and special prices apply for children and students.
■ Closed toed shoes are necessary and bug repellant, rain jacket, umbrella, binoculars and
camera are recommended.
■ Lodging and meals are also available ($15pp for lunch or dinner) reservation is generally
■ By car, it takes about 10 minutes to get to la Tirimbina which is located just this side of the
town of la Virgen, 600 mts north of the Hogar de Ancianos.
■ By taxi the price is about $30 round trip and by public bus it is possible, catching the bus
right out front of the Chilamate Elementary School and getting off right in front of la
■ The GPS coordinates are: N 10°25’02.27” and W 84°07’31.99.