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Zip lines in Costa Rica are pretty popular nowadays, being one of the all-time favorite adventure tours in Costa Rica for visiting tourists. There are dozens of zip line tours – more often called “canopy zip line tours” or simply “canopy tours” – all over the country. The first commercial canopy zip line tour came into being in Costa Rica in 1997 – the Original Canopy Tour in Monteverde – and the adventure tour’s popularity has soared since then. The distinctive factor about the Canyon Canopy Tour at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin is that it has so much more than zip lines. You get to fly high above the treetops and back and forth between narrow canyon walls over the White River (Rio Blanco) on seven zip lines. You get to cross three hanging bridges and have fun on two Tarzan swings. There is a controlled 20-meter (65-foot) rappel, and two routes on a natural rock climbing wall to come back up those same 20 meters. And finally, there are three via ferrata traverses and climbs. Overall, you will travel to 21 platforms on the whole tour, which takes about 90 minutes to two hours to complete.
The spectacular setting alone is worth going on the Canyon Canopy Tour. You are deep in the dry tropical forest – a unique ecosystem in Central America – by the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. The tour starts off with the longest zip line, crossing a wide canyon high above the trees. A couple more zip lines later and now suddenly you are in a narrow, densely forested, rock canyon above the rushing White River. Simply beautiful!
The one-of-a-kind canopy zip line tour in Costa Rica was created at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin in 2000 by Costa Rican architect Jose Manuel Pizarro, owner of the Costa Rica zip line design and vertical training company, Linea Vertical. You can enjoy the Canyon Canopy Tour and a whole host of other adventure tours at Hacienda Guachipelin’s Adventure Center, home of some of the best adventure tours in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The Adventure Center is open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for both hotel guests and day visitors.
Besides the zip line tour, you can go horseback riding, river tubing, waterfall rappelling, mountain biking, hiking in the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park, and soak in natural volcanic hot springs. For the best day of Costa Rica adventure tours, get the One Day Adventure Pass, which includes four tours and a delicious lunch. A little history of zip lines Zip lines were first invented in Costa Rica. Back in 1974, U.S. resident and California State University, Northridge graduate student, Donald Perry, pioneered the new method for climbing into and moving around the Costa Rica rainforest canopy, the world’s most complex living community, for his field work. It is in the tree canopy where upwards of 40 percent of all life on earth exists. Perry used a crossbow to shoot a rope into the branches of a 120-foot tree in the Osa Peninsula, and then climbed it using mountaineering ascenders. He later strung webs of ropes and pulleys between trees to move freely in the canopy without having to return to the ground. This led to the invention of the commercial canopy tour — a billion-dollar industry that has been reproduced all over the world. You can read about Perry’s adventures in his book, “Life Above the Jungle Floor,” published in 1986.
Article by Shannon Farley
At Hacienda Guachipelin, it’s not all about adrenaline-charged adventure tours. The award-winning eco-hotel also has some of the best nature tours in Rincon de la Vieja, Costa Rica. You can visit waterfalls and natural volcanic hot springs, go hiking in the Rincon de la Vieja National Park, learn about ancient cultures on an archaeology tour, and see exotic wildlife. The dry tropical forest surrounding Hacienda Guachipelin and the western side of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano creates an interesting ecosystem for many different animals and plants than you would see elsewhere in Costa Rica. You can learn about some of the wildlife of the area on a nature tour to Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin’s Butterfly Garden, Serpentarium & Frog Exhibit. The Butterfly Garden shows three of the major families of butterflies in Costa Rica: Pieridae, Papilionidae and Nimphalidae. The Serpentarium and Frog Exhibit presents 23 kinds of snakes, including 11 that are poisonous; six species of frogs and two types of basilisk lizards – in glass and wood habitat cases. The tour guide will explain details about each animal. The tour also visits the ranch’s Look-out Point, where you can see the Rincón de la Vieja and Santa Maria volcanoes as well as the Pacific Coast of Guanacaste.
Choose the One Day Nature Pass and you will have included buffet lunch in Hacienda Guachipelin’s Restaurant, and a visit to the natural volcanic hot springs at Rio Negro (transport by vehicle). Tour Prices: USD $55 adults (11+ years) and USD $45 children (4-10 years). Another interesting nature and cultural tour at Hacienda Guachipelin is the Archaeology Tour. Created by an archaeologist with the University of Costa Rica, eight stations give an introduction to the history of Guanacaste and Rincon de la Vieja, and bring to life the mysteries of the indigenous peoples who lived near the massive Rincon de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste. Hacienda Guachipelin’s Adventure Center is open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You should note that the Rincon de la Vieja National Park is closed on Mondays. For the best day of Costa Rica adventure tours, get the One Day Adventure Pass at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin. It includes canopy zip lines, horseback riding, river tubing, and natural volcanic hot springs. Not only hotel guests get to enjoy Hacienda Guachipelin’s Adventure Park; many day visitors staying in other Guanacaste locations come to the popular eco-adventure hotel for tours.
Article by Shannon Farley
Not only hotel guests get to enjoy Hacienda Guachipelin’s Adventure Park; many day visitors staying in other Guanacaste locations come to the popular eco-adventure hotel for tours.
There are so many fun Costa Rica adventure tours that you may have a hard time trying to choose: zip-lines, canyoning, waterfall rappelling, river tubing, horseback riding, mountain biking, nature trails, waterfall swimming, natural volcanic hot springs, an archeology tour, and guided hikes in the Rincon de la Vieja National Park.
That’s why the One Day Adventure Pass is your best bet. With the One Day Adventure Pass, you can fill your day at Rincón de la Vieja with adventures you choose and go at your own pace. An extravagant buffet lunch in Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin’s restaurant is included. The tour prices are incredibly reasonable for all that you get: USD $85 adults (18+ years); USD $80 students (13-17 years); and USD $75 children (4-12 years).
You can do as many or all of these adventure tours as you want on the One Day Adventure Pass. It is possible to do everything if you start between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. For $20 more per person, you can add the Waterfalls Canyoning Tour to your One Day Adventure Pass.
Canyon Canopy Tour: Get an incredible adrenaline rush on this one-of-a-kind canopy zip line tour in Costa Rica. You will zip line, rappel, rock climb, cross hanging bridges, and ride Tarzan swings in a steep rock canyon over a turbulent river. Tour duration: 2 hours.
Rio Negro Tubing Adventure: Bouncing and splashing down a frothing tropical river is incredible fun. Starting at the foot of a waterfall, you will ride special individual river tube rafts down the rapids of the Rio Negro (Black River). Guides go with you and ensure your safety. To get to the river tour from the Adventure Center, you can choose to go by horseback ride or by vehicle. Tour duration: 2.5 hours (with horseback ride).
Volcanic hot springs at Rio Negro: One of the things most talked about by visitors to Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin are the hot springs. Beautiful and relaxing, the natural hot springs at Rio Negro flow from the largest volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica – Rincón de la Vieja. At Rio Negro, there are thermal pools, volcanic mud baths, trails, changing rooms, restrooms and lockers.
Waterfalls Canyoning Tour* (extra charge applies): This is the ultimate adventure tour in Guanacaste. Canyoning involves thrilling rappels down waterfalls, guided rock climbing, and navigating through pools in the river canyon. To get to the tour, you can go by horseback or by vehicle. Tour duration: 2.5 hours.
There is also a One Day Nature Pass if you want a softer day of adventure, focused more on nature, wildlife and the Rincon de la Vieja area’s scenic beauty. This tour package is easily realized in a little over a half-day. The same sumptuous buffet lunch in Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin’s restaurant is included in the One Day Nature Pass. Tour Prices: USD $55 adults (11+ years) and USD $45 children (4-10 years).
Hacienda Guachipelin’s Adventure Center is open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You should note that tours in the Rincon de la Vieja National Park do not include the park admission fee ($10/person), and that the national park is closed on Mondays.
Award-winning hotel Hacienda Guachipelin is located next to the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park in the northwestern province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The hotel is 15.5 miles (25 km) northeast of Guanacaste’s main city of Liberia.
Article by Shannon Farley
It started 23 years ago with the start of the annual “La Ruta de los Conquistadores” (The Route of the Conquistadors), one of the toughest mountain bike races in the world, crossing Costa Rica from the Pacific Coast to the Caribbean in only three days.
Mountain biking in Costa Rica has taken off from there – increasing in popularity and attracting mountain bikers from around the world to ride the Central American country’s roads, tracks and trails, and to compete in annual races.
The rugged dry terrain of Guanacaste, Costa Rica has developed into a center for mountain biking. Now in its third year, the annual Rincón de la Vieja Challenge extreme mountain bike race circumnavigates the active Rincón de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste for a 100-mile (160 km) ride in 12 hours. This year’s race happens on Aug. 22, 2015 at eco-adventure hotel Hacienda Guachipelin.
For travelers in Costa Rica who want to experience the unparalleled adventure of mountain biking in Costa Rica, but not at the extreme race level, Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin has created the Iron-Horse Downhill Mountain Bike Tour.
The award-winning hotel is located next to the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park and offers the best Costa Rica adventure tours – zip-lines, canyoning, waterfall rappelling, river tubing, horseback riding, mountain biking, nature trails, and natural volcanic hot springs.
The brilliant and unique aspect about the Iron-Horse Downhill Mountain Bike Tour is that it includes horseback riding, waterfalls, mountain biking, river tubing and zip-lines all in one full-day tour. A shortened half-day tour also is available.
You start out riding Hacienda Guachipelin’s ranch horses up the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano slopes into higher elevation rainforest to a waterfall where you can go for a quick swim. Then you’ll descend the volcano by mountain bike, riding tracks and dirt roads through the forest, crossing rivers and open fields. When you get to the Negro River, you’ll jump into river tubing right away, a really fun and refreshing adventure. Then it’s back to the hotel for a sumptuous lunch, and an afternoon of flying through the trees on zip-lines to finish a day you’ll never forget.
The tour requires two persons minimum, ages 16 years and older. Difficulty level is medium. Tours include: Full suspension bike or hard tail bike, helmet, gloves, assistance vehicle, hydration, backup equipment (extra bicycles), and bilingual mountain biking guides (English-Spanish).
Article by Shannon Farley
The competition, set for Aug. 23, 2014, is a unique adventure race – the only 100-mile mountain bike race in Latin America, and the only race in the world to circumnavigate an active volcano, according to press information.
Located in Costa Rica’s northwestern Guanacaste province, Rincón de la Vieja is the largest volcano in the region. Standing 6,286 feet tall, its caldera is nine miles (15 km) wide. The adjacent dormant Santa Maria Volcano stands even taller at 6,307 feet. The Rincón de la Vieja Volcano and National Park were declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999.
Mountain bikers from all over will test their stamina and skill riding 100 miles (160 km) clockwise around the volcano through five microclimates – from the Northern Pacific dry plains of Guanacaste up over Costa Rica’s Continental Divide to lush cloud forests, across rivers, around the smoldering Rincón de la Vieja Volcano to where it meets the Miravalles Volcano, and back to the finish line.
Starting at 5:30 a.m. from the Las Pailas entrance to the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park, competitors have 12 hours to ride gravel roads, red clay tracks, river and volcanic rock trails, smooth white ash roads and “dog’s teeth” calcite rock trails – with close to 11,000 feet of elevation gain – to reach the finish.
Race entrance information can be found at Rincon de la Vieja Challenge. Event headquarters will be at Rincon de la Vieja hotel Hacienda Guachipelin. You can make reservations online. The Guanacaste hotel is located 15.5 miles (25 km) northeast of Guanacaste’s principal city of Liberia.
Article by Shannon Farley
Here’s a bit of a different Costa Rica vacation for you: Travel the entire country from coast to coast and north to south, but only under your own steam on mountain bikes, kayaks, rafts, zipline cables, and your feet. Sleep under the stars wherever you may be – mud, sand, grass field, rocky stream bed – but only for a few hours at a time. Brave the thrills of mosquitoes, venomous snakes, crocodiles, rain, boiling sun, and sweltering rainforest. Do that for about six days straight with three of your friends, but with the added adrenaline surge of trying to outrace 64 other groups like you all trying to get to the same final destination first.
Sound like fun? Maybe not for the average person, but if you are one of the world’s best endurance athletes, it’s right up your alley … or trail, as it were.
This unforgettable “vacation” is actually the 2013 Adventure Race World Championships (ARWC), coming to Costa Rica from Nov. 29 to Dec. 12. Sixty-five teams from 26 countries will compete for more or less 140 hours non-stop on adventure challenges, covering over 700 km from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea and across Costa Rica border-to-border from Nicaragua to Panama. Teams of four competitors will traverse a wide variety of terrain, from long beach walks to high ascents over rugged mountains. They will raft, kayak (ocean and river), mountain bike, trek, climb and rappel, and cross canopy ziplines, among other events. Race organizers estimate that it will take the winning team approximately 120 hours in five to six days to finish. The race will be open a total of nine days (216 hours).
The epic adventure is also the fourth Adventure Race Costa Rica (ARCR), which joined the Adventure Race World Series (ARWS) in 2010. The AR World Series is an international circuit of premier adventure races that since 2001 culminate every year in the AR World Championships. To get to the ARWC, teams have competed all year long in eight adventure races in different countries, leading up to the finals in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica is known for its beautiful beaches and rainforests, and is also gaining international fame for endurance sports. The “La Ruta de los Conquistadores” (The Route of the Conquistadors) top world endurance mountain bike race celebrated its 20th anniversary Oct. 24-26 in Costa Rica. Hundreds of the best mountain bikers and endurance racers have been crossing 192 miles (310 km) from the Pacific to the Caribbean over these three days.
In June, Hotel Hacienda Guachipelín, at the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano in Costa Rica’s northern Guanacaste region, hosted the international North Face Endurance Challenge. Competitors ran 80k, 50k, 21k and 10k races over rugged ground at the volcano. The eco-hotel then staged the 100-mile (160 km) Rincón de la Vieja Challenge mountain bike race in August. The adventure race was the first of its kind in Costa Rica and Latin America to circumnavigate an active volcano.
Not an endurance athlete, but still looking for an adventure vacation in Costa Rica? Hacienda Guachipelín, a first-class eco-lodge, is a prime destination for adventure and nature lovers – offering canopy ziplines, canyoning, waterfall rappelling, river tubing, horseback riding, mountain biking, nature trails, and thermal springs – all on a working horse and cattle ranch. Hotel Hacienda Guachipelín is located 15.5 miles (25 km) northeast of Guanacaste’s principal city of Liberia.
Article by Shannon Farley
Costa Rica is a popular, easy and fun destination for Friends’ Trips, especially for adventure travel enthusiasts. Planning a bachelor or bachelorette party? A guys’ trip? Girlfriends getaway? Or simply looking for some place different to go with your group of friends? Costa Rica delivers all you could want for a no-stress exotic vacation.
Get your friends, get your tickets, and escape to Costa Rica!
Top 5 Adventure Tours for a Costa Rica Friends’ Trip
1. Canopy Zip-Lines
2. Rafting Trip
3. Waterfall Rappelling / Canyoning
4. Jungle Hiking
All five of Costa Rica’s top adventure tours can be enjoyed at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin at the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano. Only 15.5 miles northeast of Guanacaste’s principal city of Liberia, the first-class ecotourism lodge is a leading adventure and nature tours vacation destination.
Article by Shannon Farley
Situado en la provincia de Guanacaste, en el Pacífico norte de Costa Rica, se yergue el Rincón de la Vieja. Es el volcán más grande en la región noroeste del país. Con una altura de 1.915 metros, la caldera posee 15 Km. de ancho. Es un sitio considerado como lugar místico y sagrado según la antigua tribu curubandé. Asimismo, el parque nacional circundante fue declarado Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la UNESCO en 1999.
Esta zona sirvió de escenario para la prueba de ciclismo de montaña «Rincón de la Vieja Challenge». En dicho evento deportivo, el representante de Portugal, Luis Leão Pinto, se coronó ganador. La competición inició desde el hotel Hacienda Guachipelín (en las cercanías del área protegida) y concluyó el pasado domingo 24 de agosto. En total, tuvo una distancia de 100 millas (160,9 kilómetros) y fue la primera de su tipo en América Latina. Según sus organizadores, es el único recorrido que da vueltas a un volcán activo.
En medio de este entorno, un grupo de ciclistas internacionales pusieron a prueba sus habilidades y resistencia, atravesando cinco tipos de microclimas. Recorrieron desde planicies áridas, bosques nublados exuberantes y ríos; hasta el famoso volcán Miravalles. Por ese motivo, se incluyeron pistas de tierra, caminos de barro rojo, senderos de roca volcánica y tramos en suave piedra caliza.
Pese a esas circunstancias tan complejas, Pinto aventajó a los demás concurrentes desde el primer momento de la competencia. Durante la mayor parte de la prueba el luso estuvo lado a lado con Deiber Esquivel. Sin embargo, luego de los primeros 15 kilómetros el portugués tomó la delantera, haciendo a un lado las dificultades climáticas y físicas que debió hacer frente.
En declaraciones al diario costarricense La Nación, el europeo declaró: «Sabía que había puntos claves en la competencia en donde podía hacer diferencia y a eso aposté, sufrí mucho pero sabía que iba más fuerte que él (Esquivel) y yo vine a ganar, para eso me preparé».
Finalmente, se hizo con el primer lugar tras obtener un tiempo de 6 horas, 38 minutos y 45 segundos. En segunda posición quedó Esquivel (6:47:37), el tercer puesto lo tuvo José Montoya (7:15:21) y el cuarto fue de Federico Ramírez (7:23:03).
En la rama femenina, la vencedora de este desafío fue Adriana Rojas, quien logró completar el circuito en 8 horas, 14 minutos y 57 segundos. Luego fue el turno de Nancy Amores (9:06:39); Milagro Mena (9:19:42) y Cinthya Coto (9:49:10).
Y es que Costa Rica ha ganado notoriedad internacional para competiciones y deportes de resistencia. En ese sentido, el hotel Hacienda Guachipelin también fue sede del North Face Endurance Challenge el 22 de junio, con trascursos de 80, 50, 21 y 10 kilómetros en la misma área.
El país también fue elegido como sede del Campeonato Mundial de Carreras de Aventura de este año. En este varios equipos internacionales harán lo propio para superar las 140 horas de duración de evento. Se realizará a partir del 29 de noviembre y hasta el 12 de diciembre de costa a costa y de frontera a frontera. En él se incluirán diversas disciplinas: carreras, senderismo, ciclismo de montaña, rapel, barranquismo, piragüismo, balsismo y «coasteering».
Claro está, que no se puede hablar de actividades extremas en Costa Rica sin hacer mención del antecedente más antiguo: «La Ruta de los Conquistadores». Es uno de los acontecimientos deportivos más importantes. Cada año reúne a cientos de ciclistas de todos los rincones del planeta. Los corredores de resistencia se dan cita en los terrenos más escarpados de esta nación centroamericana. Es un trayecto que cruza desde el Pacífico hasta el Caribe en solo tres días. Este año se desarrollará entre el 24 y el 26 de octubre y habrá celebraciones especiales por ser su edición número 20.
Por eso, los amantes de la adrenalina se sentirán muy a gusto en la zona de Guanacaste. Específicamente el hotel Hacienda Guachipelín es el lugar para alojarse en las cercanías de Rincón de la Vieja y disfrutar de unas vacaciones activas. Situado 25 Km. al noreste de Liberia, la capital de la región, resulta ideal para vivir la aventura en medio de la naturaleza. Las actividades son variadas aunque con un factor común: un ambiente propio de hacienda ganadera costarricense.
Por: Andrés Figueroa Vásquez.
La aventura en Costa Rica le está esperando con muchos de sus tours de un día en los alrededores del parque nacional Rincón de la Vieja
The adventure race on Aug. 24, 2013, is the first of its kind in Costa Rica and Latin America, and the only race in the world to circumnavigate an active volcano, according to race promotional material.
Riders from all over the world will test their stamina and skill riding 100 miles (160 km) through five microclimates – from the Northern Pacific dry plains of Guanacaste up over Costa Rica’s Continental Divide to lush cloud forests, across rivers, around smoldering cinder ash of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano to where it meets with the Miravalles Volcano.
Located in Costa Rica’s northern Guanacaste plains, Rincón de la Vieja is the largest volcano in the country’s northwest region. Standing 6,286 feet tall, its caldera is 9 miles (15 km) wide. The Rincón de la Vieja Volcano and National Park were declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999; the active volcano is considered a mystical and sacred place by the ancient Curubandé tribe.
The incomparable mountain bike race will travel varied terrain – gravel roads, red clay roads, river and volcanic rock trails, single track, and smooth white calcium rock road – with a total elevation gain of 10,862 feet (3,311 meters).
Costa Rica and the Rincón de la Vieja area are fast gaining popularity for endurance sports. Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin recently hosted the international North Face Endurance Challenge on June 22, involving 80k, 50k, 21k and 10k rugged adventure runs at Rincón de la Vieja.
Costa Rica also has been chosen to host this year’s Adventure Racing World Championships 2013, which will see 80 teams from around the world competing non-stop for 140 hours on adventure challenges from Nov. 29 to Dec. 12.
The race course will run coast-to-coast from the Pacific to the Caribbean and border-to-border across Costa Rica from Nicaragua to Panama. Disciplines include: trekking/running, mountain biking, ocean and river kayaking, rafting, abseiling, coasteering, and canyoning.
And of course, there is the “La Ruta de los Conquistadores“ (The Route of the Conquistadors), Costa Rica’s premier mountain bike race and one of the most challenging adventure races in the world. Hundreds of the best mountain bikers and endurance racers from around the planet come every year to Costa Rica to cross the country’s most tempestuous terrain from the Pacific to the Caribbean in only three days. This year’s event from Oct. 24 to 26 celebrates the race’s 20-year anniversary.
The diverse terrain and varied climate of Rincón de la Vieja Volcano were the reasons organizers chose the location for the Rincón de la Vieja Challenge mountain biking race. Event headquarters will be at adventure eco-lodge Hacienda Guachipelin. Reservations and booking for the event can be arranged by contacting the hotel at 506-2666-8075 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Located 15.5 miles (25 km) northeast of Guanacaste’s principal city of Liberia, Hacienda Guachipelín Hotel is the place to stay at Rincón de la Vieja Volcano for an active vacation.
The first-class ecotourism lodge is a center for adventure and nature lovers, offering canopy zip lines, canyoning, waterfall rappelling, river tubing, horseback riding, mountain biking, nature trails, and thermal springs – all on a working horse and cattle ranch.
By Shannon Farley
Rincon de La Vieja Challenge will be the first 100mile MTB race in Costa Rica and in all of Latin America. Actually, is the only race in the world going around a volcano. Luis Leao Pinto has confirmed his presence in this event.
The diverse terrain and the climate of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste, were some of the reasons to choose this location out of many possible locations.
The event is sponsored by Red Bull and Specialezed .
Hacienda Guachipelin will be the headquarters for the event. Reservations and booking for the event can be arranged contacting the reservations office at ++506-2666-8075 or sending an email to reservations+guachipelin.com .
For registration on this event, please click here