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I am not very good with horses and that’s because I don’t have any experience. I can count the times I’ve been on the back of a horse on one hand. I like horses and I think that they are beautiful animals but at the same time I’m scared that they will hurt me. What I’m trying to say is that if I can go horseback riding here, anyone can. These horses are very friendly and I think it’s amazing how some animals can calm you down just by being there.
You can choose where you want the horses to take you, maybe up to the spa for a mud bath, to the adventure tours for a thrilling adventure or just take an hour outside to enjoy the nature. Sometimes the destination is not the most important thing. When I went horseback riding I enjoyed the company of the other people on the tour, the nice views of the volcano, the open landscape and the quietness around us.
The horses give me a feeling of calm and freedom. They are not stressed, not thinking about tomorrow, they just are.
When someone says bull riding I automatically think of a mechanic bull. Of course they are not riding any mechanic bulls around here, they ride the real ones. We have some real life cowboys working here at Hacienda Guachipelin, the only difference is that around here they are called sabaneros instead of cowboys.
When we got to the rodeo I could hear the sound of the marimba playing and the sabaneros were getting ready to start the show. All the people in the audience seemed excited and I was one of them. With the rodeo made from wood it almost felt like we travelled back in time for a while. The sabaneros were riding their horses, throwing their lasso and making a special sound that only they can do. A couple of guys did the bull riding but they didn’t last long on the back of that bull. The one that managed to stay the longest was actually a girl and I was so impressed by her because she was so brave. They also did some kind of bull fighting and I was so happy when they told me that no animals get hurt during these shows.
I’m not sure what makes this so special. Maybe it’s the fact that I have never seen anything like it or maybe it’s because of the happiness you feel from the music and the sabaneros. Maybe it’s both. I am glad that I got the opportunity to see this because it’s really something special that you don’t find in many places.
Hasta la próxima, Camilla
Just a short hike away from the hotel you will find Las Chorreras waterfall. This is a place that I recommend for everyone who makes a trip to Rincon de la vieja. The trail to the waterfall is a very easy walk. If you are lucky you may see some animals on your way down there such as snakes, birds and the blue morpho, the blue butterfly. Normally I don’t want to be around snakes at all but this day I would have given anything to catch a big wild boa on a photo. That would have been a really good story to tell my friends about. On the other hand I got to see the morpho, probably the prettiest butterfly I have ever seen with its bright blue colors.
Las Chorreras waterfall meets the Rio Blanco (the white river) and the visibility of the water here is just amazing. They tell me that the special blue and green color of the water comes from minerals from the volcano. From a big rock you have a great view over the waterfall and this is a perfect spot for photos. Next time I go to this waterfall I will bring lunch with me for a picnic outside and the most important thing, I will bring my bikini for a swim next to the waterfall.
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?
You might wonder who I am and what I’m doing in Costa Rica. So I’m going to tell you. My name is Camilla Ödling and I’m a twenty two year old student from Sweden. Back at home, in the north of Sweden, I study tourism. That is my main reason for coming here. I’m doing a seven week internship in Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin to exchange experience and meet new people. This is my first time on this side of the Atlantic and also the first time I travel alone. In my country winter just started and temperature is below zero so I’m enjoying the Costa Rican climate more then you can imagine. Obviously this is very different for me, with a completely different culture and also the fact that most of the people here only speak Spanish.
During my remaining four weeks in the hotel I’m going to write articles about my time here. I’m going to tell you all about the adventures, the food, the volcano, the beaches, the animals and much more. I hope that you will enjoy it.
Pura Vida, Camilla
As mentioned on the famous travel guide Fodor’s , Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Costa Rica’s mini Yellowstone, is a place worth to visit. Activities like hiking, bird watching and horseback riding.
The author mentions as the top reasons to visit the park :
The 3-km (2-mi) Las Pailas loop trail showcases the park’s famous geothermal features. Along the trail you’ll see fumaroles with steam hissing out of ground vents, a volcancito (baby volcano), and boiling mud fields named after pots (pailas) used for boiling down sugar cane.
Climbing to the Crater
The hike to the crater summit is the most demanding, but also the most dramatic. The trail climbs 8 km (5 mi) through shaded forest, then up a sunbaked, treeless slope to the windswept crater, where temperatures plummet. Be sure to check wind and weather conditions at the ranger station before attempting this hike.
The park’s forest, alive with the haunting songs of the long-tailed manakin and the loud whinnies of the ivory-billed woodcreeper, is prime bird-watching territory. For intrepid birders, the winding trail leading to the crater is home to the rock wren, which can only be found on these slopes. ”
Rincon de la Vieja is located 22 kilometers from Liberia, in Guanacaste, about a 60 minute from the Papagayo area. Some people choose to stay in hotels in the area. One of the options to stay is Hacienda Guachipelin. Hacienda Guachipelin is a hotel and adventure center located right next to the national park, and offers horseback back rides, canopy tours, canyoning, and hot springs.
For reservations from US or Canada Call Toll Free 1-888-730-3840.Other parts of the world, please call our direct phone ++506-2666-8075 or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
As mentioned in the New York Times recent article, Costa Rica is the happiest nation in the world.
“You think it’s a coincidence? Costa Rica is one of the very few countries to have abolished its army, and it’s also arguably the happiest nation on earth.” as Nicholas D. Kristof, a columnist for The Times since 2001, is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner mentioned in his article.
For example the Dutch sociologist on the basis of answers to surveys by Gallup and others, lists Costa Rica in the top spot out of 148 nations. Another approach is the “happy planet index” devised by the New Economics Foundation, a liberal think tank. This combines happiness and longevity but adjusts for environmental impact — such as the carbon that countries spew.
From the staff at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin we want to extend a warm invitation to visit Rincon de la Vieja National Park in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. There are direct flights from US and Canada, as well as Europe. We want you to experience Costa Rica and why we are the Pura Vida country.
For reservations from US or Canada Call Toll Free 1-888-730-3840 or send us an email to email@example.com
Hacienda Guachipelin was mentioned in an article from gonomad.com . In an article written by Laurie Ellis, she mentions the Hacienda and its realtion with soustainable tourism in Costa Rica. She is a is a massage therapist in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She lives in Arlington with her husband, Shady Hartshorne.
“The Hacienda is located 14 miles outside of Liberia down a rutted dirt road, so if you drive, it’s best to arrive before dark.
Rooms at Hacienda Guachipelin are simple and clean. In keeping with sustainability, some amenities that you might normally expect at a hotel aren’t given out. Bring your own shampoo if you’re fussy about that kind of stuff.
Zip, drop, climb, rockwall handholds, metal bars until – flying, screaming – you come to the end. Your harness is always attached to something, whether a safety line while standing on a platform, or the zip-line itself while cruising through the treetops.
If you’ve never been on a zip-line, you’re in for a treat: it’s like an amusement ride, but with more connection to nature.
This was not the lazy float-down-the-Farmington-River-with-a-beer that I remember from my youth. Careening down the Rio Negro rapids like a pinball gone wild, the ride was more intense than I expected.”
If you want to read more on this article click on http://www.gonomad.com/features/0811/costa-rica-eco-adventure.html
for reservations in Hacienda Guachipelin, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll free from US or Canada Call Toll Free 1-888-730-3840
Simon Romero, from the New York times wrote about Hacienda Guachipelin. Land of Sabaneros is the article.
“I, too, was on a horse, touring Hacienda Guachipelín, a 4,300-acre ranch in northwest Costa Rica. Around me in the pasture were dozens of Andalusian horses.
Our three-day stay last August at Guachipelín, near the foot of Rincon de la Vieja, an active volcano that erupted several times in the 1990′s, was the most rewarding part of the trip.
We then began a three-hour hike to Las Pailas, a site of bubbling mud baths. Our horses waited for us at a hitching post near the park’s entrance. During the hike Juan José spotted a variety of animals and birds, including toucans, an anteater and a group of white-faced monkeys.”
To read the full article follow the link http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/17/travel/land-of-the-sabaneros.html?sec=&pagewanted=1
To make reservations in Hacienda Guachipelin or find more about its tours , Call Toll Free 1-888-730-3840 or email to email@example.com
Rincon de la Vieja National Park was mentioned in Travel and Leisure’s article as one of the best places for solo travelers in Costa Rica. Rincon de la Vieja National Park was created in 1974 for the only purpose of protecting the high waters of the Tempisque River. This Park is part of the Guanacaste Conservation Area , that presently has an extension of more than 115 thousand hectares. There are many interesting trails to visit at this park:
Costa Rica is know as a family travel destination and an adventure destination. This country is strategically located south of the United States, just under 3 hours from mayor US airports. If you are interested in visiting Rincon de la Vieja Hacienda Guahipelin is a good place to stay. It is close to the Park and has lots of adventure tours. For reservations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll free from US or Canada to 1-888-730-3840.