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The North Face ® Endurance Challenge 2013 is an endurance race of 10 km, 21 km, 50 km and 80 km long. This race is part of an international circuit organized by The North Face and seeks to promote physical activity in the nature of safe and responsible manner, applying the philosophy of minimal impact, and also encourage the practice of trail running or mountain trail use to run.
The story of The North Face Endurance Challenge begins in 2006. When searching for Dean Karnazes (ultra marathoner well known in USA) to run 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days, also known as The North Face Endurance 50 Endurance Challenge the idea was then born.
Launched in 2007, The North Face Endurance Challenge Series is committed to encourage riders to their limits and promote the sport of ultra-trail running. The circuits were designed to challenge even the most experienced riders, and also please the new trail running enthusiasts, and in turn incorporate the beautiful scenery of the venue.
This is a career that includes categories for people who are getting started in the sport, intermediate and expert. The courses are developed by natural terrain and difficulty of these varies according to different circuits.
The North Face Endurance Challenge now has a circuit in the United States made up New York, Washington, DC, Georgia, Kansas and California.
Due to the wide appeal of the brand and its growth in Latin America, The North Face decided to create a Latin American circuit that will accommodate the same characteristics of the circuit in the U.S. and allows us to offer our brand consumers worldwide a series of races with unique scenarios, different climates and with the stamp of quality The North Face Endurance Challenge.
Dare to know the experience of running in the mountains and dive deeper into nature.
We invite you to Never Stop Exploring!
Latin Tour 2013:
Ecuador – June
Costa Rica – June
Chile – October
Argentina – November
Our adventures are popular in the Guanacaste area. The closeness to the beach and the fact that the volcano is active makes the area a popular destination. Adventures for all ages , plus nature and lots of volcanic activity makes the area the place to change the pace.
Here is a nice comment from a recent visit posted on the Costa Rica forum .
Yes, we called Guachipelin in the morning right after they opened and got there soon after.
We have amazing pictures and videos of my daughter’s adventures! I’ll make sure and show them to her when she’ll become a mother and worry about her kids! All those “Tarzan swings” and upside-down ziplining….good thing I didn’t know anything about them at the time they were happening!:-)))
Despite all challenges, Jessica Gallant was able to hike Rincon de la Vieja. Not to the top, since there has been serious activity on the top, but to pristine waterfalls and through trails.
According to The Edmonton Journal 29 Team Diabetes members had raised more than $228,000. That is a lot of money. We are really happy for the Canadian Diabetes Association.
According to the article, Jessica mentioned “It didn’t matter. I had no idea I could hike six hours on rugged trails with two new hips and a wonky knee.”
Rincon de la Vieja Volcano is a magic place. We are proud that Jessica chose this destination for her challenge.
Hacienda Guachipelin has been expanding the range of activities for years. Our idea is to have have activities available for everyone, no matter age or physical condition. One of the activities that can be practiced is mountain bike. The are many trails with different levels of difficulty within the property. So if mountain bike is on your to do list for your next vacation in Costa Rica, get in touch with us.
This coming june, on the 16th, Hacienda Guachipelin will the home for The North Face Costa Rica Ecogreen Rincon de la Vieja. The categories are 10K, 21K, 42K and 60K.
The route is posted on Facebook . The route is flat and is on trails next to two rivers, which gives it the shade and coolness of the river. The runners will monkeys and all kinds of birds, it is simply spectacular.
Don’t miss out on this race.
If you like horses I strongly recommend the whole day horseback riding you can do here at Hacienda Guachipelin. You don’t have to be good on horseback riding to do this tour!
I do my internship here at Hacienda Guachipelin and works with the horses every day, and this tour is my favorite because you get to see the best sides of Guanacaste Costa Rica. You get to see everything from dry jungle to rain forest. You get the chance to ride in rivers, up on hills and around the area of other farms. Maybe the monkeys jump over your head as you ride in the forest. You will probably see a lot of beautiful birds and other animals.
The adventure tour starts at 8 am and the ride goes to Oropéndola witch is a big and beautiful waterfall where you got the opportunity to jump from the cliffs and swim in the clear water.
After the visit to Oropéndola you get up on the horses again and start the ride to Rio Negro hot springs, when we are arriving at Rio Negro you get to see the beautiful hot springs where you get painted in mud from the volcano. You can sit and relax in the hot springs where the water comes directly from the volcano. There are different pools with different degrees in it, so you can chose the one that fits you best. After the relax at the hot springs you start to ride again.
More bathing and refreshing surprises will be discovered under the day.
The Guides at the Adventure Tours of Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin recently took their annual refreshment training course to polish their skills in Safety and Rescue.
In a way to ensure the best quality operation and applying the best security practices, the canopy tour guides as well as the tubing adventure guides overcome a 24 hour hands-on training during 3 days.
Part of the themes that they need to see is Safety, knots, anchors and rigging, basic pulley systems, vectors and angles, how to rig a stretcher, rescue procedures, swift water safety & rescue; to mention just a few…
As one of the guides said: “This is really good training because the only way to be fluent in this type of procedures is with plenty practice. Hopefully we don’t need to use it, but in the case, we are prepared and we know what to do”
Not many companies do this type of training and most just think that the personnel knowledge is just fine. Doing this type of training is what sets Hacienda Guachipelin bar to none with other adventure companies.
This training was given by Outdoor Adventures. For more information about this and other adventure training courses please check www.outdooradventures.cr
Rancho Humo is a beautiful property of 2638 acres. Thanks to the determination of a family, it was transformed from a cattle farm into an international example of wetland rescue. This is the new tour in the wetland area in Guanacaste.
In 2006, a plan was initiated to restore 2000 acres of former wetlands in favor of a new conservation area.
Here you can experience numerous ecosystems: mangrove, wetlands, dry tropical rainforest, pastures, a large variety of flora and fauna including herons, black crowned night herons, hawks, ducks, roseate spoonbills, wood stork, and the largest and most exotic aquatic bird in Guanacaste: the Jabiru (Jabiru mycteria, Ciconiiforme Order, Ciconiidae Family). The Jaribu has a height of 122-140 cm, a wingspan of 230-260 cm, a weight 8 kg and a length of the beak of 30-33 cm.
Aside from the captivating scenery, Rancho Humo is an hacienda that offers the culture of a traditional and picturesque town, Puerto Humo.
The one day tour at Rancho Humo includes :
1. Tempisque River / Palo Verde
2. Isla de Pájaros
3. Rancho Humo Reserve
4. Rancho Humo Lookout
Guanacaste has many attractions, and Palo Verde is one of them. In Hacienda Guachipelin we recommend to our guests to set one day aside to visit this beautiful area.
A tour operator that can arrange a trip to Rancho Humo is Guanacastetours.com
You can call toll free from USA or Canada to 1-888-874-4936
Green Season is here in Costa Rica and so are green season specials. But, what is green season? Green season our equivalent of spring time. In Costa Rica green season runs from may to november. At Hacienda Guachipelin we celebrate this special time with specials (for may and june).
All specials include admission tickets for the Hot Springs and the Mud Springs during the stay.
Hacienda Guachipelin s a great place for adventure lovers, for nature lovers, for hikers and of course our specialty horse lovers. We have been operating for more that 20 years now with our hotel, our restaurant and our adventure center. We are the best starting point for Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, one of the most visited National Parks in the Guanacaste Province. For more information please call toll free 1-888-730-3840 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Guanacaste, is Costa Rica‘s northern province, famous for the sun, the nice beaches, the volcanoes, the adventure tours and the good diving. The starting point for good diving is Playas del Coco or Coco Beach. Coco Beach is a small fisherman’s town that eventually was turned into a tourist destination in itself. Lots of activities happen around Coco, and diving is one of them. But, how is diving in Guanacaste?
In Guanacaste, you would regularly see Southern Stingrays, Spotted Eagle Rays, a variety of eels, White-tip Reef Sharks, tons of Puffer and Porcupine Fish, Octopus, turtles, Seahorses, lobsters, Nudibranchs and numerous schools of many different varieties of fish. At the more advanced sites like the Catalina Islands, and the Bat Islands, you would commonly see many larger animals such as Giant Manta Rays, Whale Sharks, and Bull Sharks. On the surface you would often get the pleasant surprise visit of dolphin pods, hump back whales and pilot whales!
There are various kinds of small coral formations, which include both soft and hard sponges, as well as an unparalleled array of marine plants. They grow on the amazing volcanic rock formations that make up the remarkable bottom topography here.
One of the local sites that you would often be taken to, Tortuga, has a cute 30 ft. fishing vessel called “Rusty II” at about 70 ft. There are many stories explaining why it sunk, but Rich coast’s is definitely the best!
All the dives at the Catalina and Bat Islands are drift dives…. You would also drift from Play Penn to Punta Argentina if the current allows you. This is a local dive. The average range of visibility is 15 to 60 feet (5 to 18 meters) depending on the amount of plankton the tides bring in for the big fish.
The night diving here is incredible! All the marine life that is napping during the day, such as the 6 ft. moray eels and octopus roam the waters creating a spectacular show!
Hacienda Guachipelin has partnered with Rich Coast Diving to offer Guachipelin’s guests an unforgetable diving experience in Guanacaste. Rich coast operates since early 1993 in Playas del Coco. Rich Coast is a PADI 5 Star IDC facility in Costa Rica offering a full range of PADI scuba diving courses, beginning from entry level courses through to PADI Professional Dive Courses, and of course, fun dive tours and snorkel trips, catering to divers who appreciate personal attention, diving in small groups on the most comfortable boats. The owners, Brenda van Gestel, PADI Master Instructor, and Martin van Gestel in-house Course Director, are great hosts and fun to be around, yet serious and very professional with their job. A two tank dive is $80 and $20 for equipment.
Hacienda Guachipelin can arrange diving or snorkeling trips with Rich Coast Diving any time. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity, Adventures in Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, in Hacienda Guachipelin and Diving at Playas del Coco, with Rich Coast Diving, Land and Sea.