Children’s Eternal Rainforest (Bosque Eterno de los Niños)
History of the BEN
“The Children’s Eternal Rainforest (Bosque Eterno de los Niños, in Spanish, or BEN) is the largest private reserve in Costa Rica, with an area of 22,500 hectares of protected tropical forest in the northwestern region of Costa Rica. The BEN borders the Arenal Volcano National Park, the higher elevations of Monteverde and Miramar, and the Alberto Manuel Brenes Reserve in San Ramon. It continues through the San Carlos zone, close to the populations of San Jorge, La Tiga, San Isidro de Peñas Blancas, Chachagua, and El Castillo.”
To learn more about this amazing place, from our guide and member of the Board of Directors of the BEN, Mark Wainwright, click on the web link above. We encourage you to explore all the areas of this site to familiarize yourself with the BEN.
In addition, we highly recommend you view the video, “Stranded” in the link below (6th video of 6 available), which is narrated by our MVI guide, Mark Wainwright. It provides a great perspective on why conservation efforts are so important for this area and the world.
During our course trip Mark will do a presentation on the History of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, so you will have an opportunity to learn in depth the history of conservation efforts in the BEN and in Costa Rica.