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Instead of ziplining through the trees and crossing swing bridges on the Caribbean/rainforesty side of the country, however, we were able to go whole hog on the Pacific/dry forest side in the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park of the Guanacaste region, where canopying combines with ziplining, rappeling, rock climbing, canyoneering and…….. as it was mentioned by haunted.com
This is one of the most popular tours at the Hacienda since it has a bit on everything, traversing on trees, traversing in the canyon, up and down, on ropes, on the wall………
This tour is open every day from 8 AM to 5 PM. Rincon de la Vieja is a and active volcano close to the beaches in Guanacaste.
Book your next trip with Jet Blue from NYC directo to Liberia. Liberia is the main city in Guanacaste, Costa Rica’s province where the coast meets the jungle and the volcanoes.
Jet Blue added this new location with 4 new direct flights per week. Liberia is home to the new Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR) in the country’s Guanacaste region, a growing haven for ecotourists and surfers. In fact, during the first month of service, JetBlue will waive baggage fees for travelers who check surfboards.
Some people like to fly around the country, specially if the travel plan is not to do stops along the way. Flying makes it more convenient, since it takes only 45 minutes from San José international airport Juan Santa Maria (SJO) to Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia (LIR).
As you fly into Guanacaste, one of the nice things to see is the view of the Central Volcanic range, and the Guanacaste Volcanic range. Majestic volcanoes like Poas, Miravalles and Rincon de la Vieja can be seen on the west. As passengers get close to Liberia, they can also observe the Nicoya Gulf on the east.
Before coming to Hacienda Guachipelin I had only heard about zip lining and Canopy. So I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into when the guides started giving us information about the technique. Since I’m a little bit scared of heights this was really going to be a challenge for me and I could feel the excitement in my stomach.
To my surprise I was not scared at all, the guides treated us very well during the entire tour and I felt very secure. I was the last one of the people in the tour and I could hear a woman in front of me giving a shout of excitement, when I got there I understood why. I was going to go down a slide and then continue straight in to the forest. The feeling of relief when you leave the platform is indescribable and the fact that you do this surrounded by rich vegetation, various birds and reptiles is just amazing.
We continued to the canyon where you can choose if you want to go rock climbing or not. The next cable was going to take us thru the canyon with the wild river underneath us. This is where I did something I never in a million years thought I would do, the guide convinced me to go upside down! When I reached the next platform I could breathe again, and I was so proud of myself. Then it was time to do a Tarzan swing over the river, another great experience.
When I reached the last platform and we walked back to the Adventure centre all I could think about was – when can I do this again?
Get a dynamic overview of how Costa Rica’s different mediums of exchange have evolved from 1502 to the present time. In this exhibition, the most valuable coins, bills, coin dies, coffee and banana tokens in the Central Bank collection are on display. Related themes are exhibited in the Museum’s temporary exhibition gallery.
More information on schedules and ticket sales at www.museosdelbancocentral.org
The Costa Rica Gold Museum has an extraordinary collection of gold objects that reflect the worldview, social structure, and the gold of the pre-Columbian people of Costarrican territory.
The exhibition consists of 1600 pieces of pre-Columbian gold dating from 500 to 1500 AD. The introductory area interprets the cultural evolution of pre-Columbian cultures. This space also shows the development of metallurgy in Costa Rica, its stages and styles.
At the exhibition of gold pieces the visitors can appreciate the different uses and meanings of the gold.
This is a great place to visit while in San Jose and to learn about the Costarrican past cultures.
For ticket information visit www.museosdelbancocentral.org
Take advantage of this special offer. Every year, for the months of September and October, Hacienda Guachipelin brings the Green Season Special.
This special promo lets you stay at our hotel for a special rate of $36 per person. This rate includes a full breakfast buffet, free admission to Rio Negro Hot springs and an 8 am morning tour to the Serpentarium.
Hacienda Guachipelin is conveniently located at the entrance of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park. Rincon de la Vieja Volcano is active and it has lots of activity, primary and secondary. Rincon de la Vieja is also known as the Yellowstone of Costa Rica. Specially for all of its secondary volcanic activity. Fumaroles, vapor vents, boiling mud pots and boiling springs are just part of the beauties that guest will enjoy.
Animal life is another important part of the tour. There are more than 200 birds in the area, 3 types of monkeys, and large mammals like the tapir.
Hacienda Guachipelin offers transportation services to and from the International airport in Liberia, Guanacaste. It has 50 rooms and nice swimming pool, a restaurant and a bar. Every night there is marimba music played by local musicians.
Come and enjoy nature and culture with us at Hacienda Guachipelin, for just $36 per person.
This is a very special week in Costa Rica. We celebrate the 2nd of August the day of our Saint Patron “La Virgen de los Angeles“.
Costa Rica is very Catholic. As a matter of fact, Costa Rica is declared Catholic by its constitution.
The leyend about the Virgin say that on August 2 of 1635, a small stone sculpture was found on top of a stone by Juana Pereira. She was a poor mestizo lady that every morning woke up to collect fire wood. With great joy Juana picked up the treasure, never imagining that five times more would be found in the same place. The image disappeared from drawers, chests, and even the parish tabernacle, to return to the rock where she had been found. Then everyone understood that the Virgin wanted a place of prayer there where he could give his love to the humble and the poor.
In August, the Basilica is subject of an extensive pilgrimage and visitation. About 1.5 million believers throughout the country and many from out of the country join the celebration. Lots of them do a 22 kilometer walk to the basilica during the Romeria.
La Virgen de los Angeles was declared patroness of the Americas by Pope John Paul II. The Sanctuary is located in the community of Los Angeles in Cartago.
Many miracles have occurred through the intercession of the Virgin. Read this article that illustrates
I lace up my boots and clip snake-gators around my shins. I pull my machete from the leather sheath and whet it across the sharpener as the sky shifts from pale orange to blue. The iguana that lives in the roof, discontented with my noise; shuffles above me, his long toes scratching the tin. I glance over at the field bags and go through a mental check list of the equipment to make sure I haven’t forgotten anything: datasheets, compass, soil samplers, flagging, ziplocks, sharpies, caliper, DBH tape. Check, check, check. My research assistant, Juan, and I load the field equipment into the car and head down the bumpy dirt road.
I am in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, and it is nearing the end of the dry season. It hasn’t rained since November. Occasionally a wispy cloud will dampen the sun’s strength and I’ll look up, confused. The dry season feels like a washed-out photo; everything is overly bright and I squint in search of contrast. My car’s dash board is covered in a thick film of dust from driving on farm roads. Waves of dusk billow up from the roads and pass through the window in sets so consistent a surfer could set her watch by it.
Guanacaste province gleaned it’s named from the wide-canopied dry forest tree with seedpods shaped like ears. Guanacaste is one of the larger provinces in Costa Rica, bordered on the north by Nicaragua and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. I am here studying tropical dry forests; one of the earths most endangered ecosystems.
For part of the year in Costa Rica, moisture-laden warm air flows off the Caribbean Ocean. The warm air pushes up against Costa Rica’s volcanic spine, cooling as it rises, until it reaches the dew point and rain falls on the windward slope, creating a rain shadow on the other side of the mountain. The leeward slope, then, is haunted by intense dry winds. During the other half of the year, the winds come off the Pacific Ocean, bringing the rains. Tropical dry forest fauna and flora have evolved to cope with the strong seasonality to the rainfall.
When I arrived last September, the forest was as green as a summer garden. Leaves broad, full, verdant. The drought-deciduous trees species began to lose their leaves when the rains stopped. Now in April, a mountaintop view looks not unlike a temperate winter landscape—if you replace the thin-needed pines with broad-leaf evergreens, subtract the snow, and spin the thermostat up to 95 degrees F. Okay, so they are quite different: no coat required. Also, many TDF trees flower during the dry season so, amidst the mostly nude forest, bouquets of yellow, pink, purple dot the landscape.
The car windows are wide open and the wind rolls through carrying a campfire smell. The air often smells burnt during the dry season, especially in the last couple months. Before people settled in Guanacaste, the main source of fire would have been lightning—in the wet season. People have introduced a fire regime that peaks in the driest months. I drive out of the trees and notice the smoke on the road ahead. The dry, reedy pasture grass on farms on either side of the road is aflame. I have worked on both of these farms. I can see a few trees burning and a wall of hazy smoke across the asphalt. My car hits the smoke and it swirls off the car in tornados.
TDF have been disproportionately settled because it has relatively nutrient-rich soils and a climate favorable for growing crops and raising livestock. And if you’ve ever lived in a tropical rain forest or cloud forest—you’ll know that even freshly laundered T-shirts, folded and put away in a clean dresser begin to smell like the musty back corner of a forgotten part of your garage within a few days. It’s no wonder people preferred sunshine.
I glance in the rearview mirror and can still see the smoke lifting from the fire we passed. Although management patterns are changing, some people still use fire to “clean” pasture. They burn pastures to clear out early forest successional growth and entice new pasture grass to sprout for hungry livestock. Also, crops like sugar cane are burned after the harvest to remove crop residues. Landowners can apply for a burn permit with the Costa Rican Ministry of Environment but illegal burns are common. Regardless of the source or legality of the burn, once a fire escapes, landowners face another problem; there are not enough resources to fight forest fires on private farms. There are fire fighters. Area de Conservación de Guanacaste (ACG), with upwards of 290,000 acres of land, has a trained team firefighters that are kept busy protecting both the immense park and bordering forests on private farms. City fire fighters, on the other hand, must focus their efforts on fires that encroach upon buildings, towns, and roads. Basically, there are not enough resources to fight all the fires on private farms. If the landowner has employees and equipment, they will often fight the fires. But, frequently, the private forests just burn. I drive past the road that runs up the flanks of Rincón de la Vieja volcano. When I was hiking there last week, I stopped at a lookout point and counted seven fires. They looked like industrial smokestacks scattered in the forested landscape.
Guanacaste is in the middle of a forest transition. In the 1970s and 1980s deforestation rates were high, but beginning in the mid-1980s Guanacaste has had high rates of forest regeneration. Importantly, the overwhelming majority of that regeneration has occurred on private lands. What I’m trying to find out is who owns these regenerating forests and how ownership might influence the ecology and management.
I am interested in coupled human-natural systems—intrigued by the links between society and environment. Here in Guanacaste I am looking at how tree biodiversity and carbon storage are influenced by socioeconomic variables such as land ownership. I am interested in how the choices landowners make could influence forest regeneration processes. For example, ranchers retain certain tree species on their lands for the shade or fruit provided for their cattle. Landowners often select particular species such as indio desnudo (Bursura simaruba) to use as live fence posts—fences made of living trees connected by lines of barbed-wire. Indio desnudo is a great live fence post tree because it resprouts so easily: You can cut off a branch, plunk it in the ground and, viola, you’ll get a tree. Landowners may also be more likely to remove ‘weedy’, fast growing species from their pastures and retain valuable timber species such as mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla). These choices may influence the forest biodiversity and carbon stocks in private forests. After completing forest inventory plots on private farms, I will compare my data to a dataset from public forests collected by my adviser. We will use these datasets to test the hypotheses that private forests contain less biodiversity and carbon stocks than public secondary forest of similar ages and soil conditions.
Juan and I arrive at our new farm site. I stop briefly to talk with the farm manger; he is sitting atop a big tractor outfitted with a water container to fight the fires that are on the upper border of the property. Juan and I will work on the lower border of the property to avoid the fires. We drive to the lower part of the property and Juan hops out to struggle with the gate—five wrist-thick branches strung together with barbed-wire. The car lumbers down the road through the pasture and we arrive at a patch of forest. In the forest plot today, we will identify tree species to assess tree biodiversity. For carbon estimates, we’ll measure tree diameter at 1.3 m take species-specific wood density samples to plug into allometric equations. Within the plot, we will also collect soil samples to assess soil physical and chemical properties. We heft on our backpacks and swing the field bags over our shoulders. I rope the machete around my waist in case I need to give the spiked bromeliads in the forest plot a haircut.
Hacienda Guachipelin has a new exhibit !!!
Worldwide, there are about 2700 species of snakes, which live different habitats and climates. They are found in deserts, in the tropics and near the Arctic Circle, including the ocean. In Costa Rica, there are about 137 species of which 22 are poisonous.
Our exhibition has 9 stations. It has 23 species of snakes of which 11 are poisonous or represent any danger to humans. We also have 6 species of frogs that represent the different strata of the forest of Costa Rica. There are also 2 basilisks species: the species of Pacific, with a brown and species from the Caribbean with an emerald color.
Within the facility there is a beautiful Butterfly Garden. There are displayed three major families of butterflies that live in Costa Rica: Pieridae, Papilionidae and Nimphalidae.
It starts 150 meters from the hotel, on the way to the viewpoint of the ranch, through a beautiful trail. This is in the middle of the rainforest. From there you look at the Rincon de la Vieja volcano in the middle of a wide variety of trees and flowers. Walk with the beautiful melody of nature and the beautiful singing of a variety of birds.
In the stations of serpentarium the following species are found:
Oxybelis fulgidus, Green vinesnake.
Pseustes poecilonotus, Northern bird snake.
Oxybelis aeneus, Brown vine snake.
Trimorphodon biscutatus, Lyresnake.
Spilotes pullatus, Oriole snak.
Masticophis mentovarios , Neotropical cachwip.
Clelia clelia, Mussarana.
Micrurus nigrocintus, Central América Coral snake.
Lampropeltis triangulum, False coral.
Corallus annulatus, Annulated Boa.
Atropoides Nummifer, Jumping pit viper.
Crotallus durissus, Neotropical ratllesnake.
Bothrops asper, Fer de lance.
Porthidium ophryomegas , Slender hognosed pit viper.
Porthidium nasatum Hognosed pit viper.
Cerrophidion godmani, God mans mountain pit viper.
Corytophanes cristatus, Helmeted basilik.
Basiliscus plumifrons, Jesus christ basilisk.
Boa constrictor, Becker.
Bothriechis schelegelli, Eyelash palm pit viper
Bothriechis lateralis, Striped palm pit viper.
Lachaesis stenophrys, Bushmaster.
Dendrobates aratus, Green and black poison dark frog.
Leptodactylus saveii, Bullfrog central America
Ophaga pumillio, Blue jeans frog.
Agalychnis callidryas, Red eyes leaf frog.
Centrolenella Prosoblepon, Esmerald glass frog.
Smillisca phaeota Masked tree frog.