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:
- 1st Station 3 snakes
Oxybelis fulgidus, Green vinesnake.
Pseustes poecilonotus, Northern bird snake.
Oxybelis aeneus, Brown vine snake.
- 2nd Station 3 snakes
Trimorphodon biscutatus, Lyresnake.
Spilotes pullatus, Oriole snak.
Masticophis mentovarios , Neotropical cachwip.
- 3rd Station 3 snakes
Clelia clelia, Mussarana.
Micrurus nigrocintus, Central América Coral snake.
Lampropeltis triangulum, False coral.
- 4th Station 3 snakes
Corallus annulatus, Annulated Boa.
Atropoides Nummifer, Jumping pit viper.
Crotallus durissus, Neotropical ratllesnake.
- 5th Station 5 species
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.
- 6th station 2 species
Basiliscus plumifrons, Jesus christ basilisk.
Boa constrictor, Becker.
- 7th station 3 snakes
Bothriechis schelegelli, Eyelash palm pit viper
Bothriechis lateralis, Striped palm pit viper.
Lachaesis stenophrys, Bushmaster.
- 8th Station Frogs
Dendrobates aratus, Green and black poison dark frog.
Leptodactylus saveii, Bullfrog central America
Ophaga pumillio, Blue jeans frog.
- 9th Station Frogs
Agalychnis callidryas, Red eyes leaf frog.
Centrolenella Prosoblepon, Esmerald glass frog.
Smillisca phaeota Masked tree frog.
Fror those visiting Costa Rica and need to exchange money, we want to give a few tips:
If you are bringing canadian dollars you can visit Scotia Bank in diferent parts of the country. You will get got exchange rate for your dollars.
If you are bringing US dollars you can visit BAC San Jose all throught the country.
Banks give you the best exchange rate. The worst exchange rate is the airport exchange office, then the next are the hotels and restaurants. So it is better to pay in cash of by credit card, but paying at the price that the items are charged, in local or foreign currency, so that you do not loose on the exchange rate. Always make sure to ask about the rate that establishments exchange your money.
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 2011 Costa Rica EcoPhoto Challenge will taking place this year from August 13th to August 20th. This unique event will be sponsored by EcoGuide Costa Rica and X-Ray Magazine.
The event will include underwater shooting in oceans, mountains, volcanoes, and jungles of Costa Rica. The highlights include the Natural Park in Guanacaste and touring the steamy summit of Volcan Rincon de la Vieja, while underwater bull sharks, reef sharks, and other large fish. More information on the event can be obtained through the official website http://www.ecoweekcostarica.com/ .
EcoWeek Costa Rica is an annual Celebration of the Environment and Culture of Costa Rica. Throughout the week from August the 13th to August 19th, Costa Rica will celebrate its environment with a series of events and activities for both nationals and visiting tourist.
|Bird list for Hacienda Guachipelin and Rincon de la Vieja National Park|
|Great Tinamou||Tinamus major|
|Thicket Tinamou||Crypturellus cinnamomeus|
|Slaty-breasted Tinamou||Crypturellus boucardi|
|Gray-headed Chachalaca||Ortalis cinereiceps|
|Crested Guan||Penelope purpurascens|
|Crested Bobwhite||Colinus cristatus|
|Neotropic Cormorant||Phalacrocorax brasilianus|
|Great Egret||Ardea alba|
|Cattle Egret||Bubulcus ibis|
|Green Heron||Butorides virescens|
|Black Vulture||Coragyps atratus|
|Turkey Vulture||Cathartes aura|
|White Hawk||Leucopternis albicollis|
|Roadside Hawk||Buteo magnirostris|
|Short-tailed Hawk||Buteo brachyurus|
|Crested Caracara||Caracara cheriway|
|Laughing Falcon||Herpetotheres cachinnans|
|American Kestrel||Falco sparverius|
|Gray-necked Wood-Rail||Aramides cajanea|
|Uniform Crake||Amaurolimnas concolor|
|Double-striped Thick-knee||Burhinus bistriatus|
|Red-billed Pigeon||Patagioenas flavirostris|
|White-winged Dove||Zenaida asiatica|
|Mourning Dove||Zenaida macroura|
|Inca Dove||Columbina inca|
|Gray-chested Dove||Leptotila cassini|
|Ruddy Quail-Dove||Geotrygon montana|
|Orange-fronted Parakeet||Aratinga canicularis|
|White-crowned Parrot||Pionus senilis|
|White-fronted Parrot||Amazona albifrons|
|Red-lored Parrot||Amazona autumnalis|
|Squirrel Cuckoo||Piaya cayana|
|Mangrove Cuckoo||Coccyzus minor|
|Lesser Ground-Cuckoo||Morococcyx erythropygius|
|Groove-billed Ani||Crotophaga sulcirostris|
|Pacific Screech-Owl||Megascops cooperi|
|Common Nighthawk||Chordeiles minor|
|Common Pauraque||Nyctidromus albicollis|
|Common Potoo||Nyctibius griseus|
|Northern Potoo||Nyctibius jamaicensis|
|White-collared Swift||Streptoprocne zonaris|
|Stripe-throated Hermit||Phaethornis striigularis|
|Canivet’s Emerald||Chlorostilbon canivetii|
|Blue-tailed Hummingbird||Amazilia cyanura|
|Steely-vented Hummingbird||Amazilia saucerrottei|
|Rufous-tailed Hummingbird||Amazilia tzacatl|
|Cinnamon Hummingbird||Amazilia rutila|
|Black-headed Trogon||Trogon melanocephalus|
|Violaceous Trogon||Trogon violaceus|
|Elegant Trogon||Trogon elegans|
|Orange-bellied Trogon||Trogon aurantiiventris|
|Slaty-tailed Trogon||Trogon massena|
|Tody Motmot||Hylomanes momotula|
|Blue-crowned Motmot||Momotus momota|
|Turquoise-browed Motmot||Eumomota superciliosa|
|Collared Aracari||Pteroglossus torquatus|
|Yellow-eared Toucanet||Selenidera spectabilis|
|Keel-billed Toucan||Ramphastos sulfuratus|
|Hoffmann’s Woodpecker||Melanerpes hoffmannii|
|Lineated Woodpecker||Dryocopus lineatus|
|Pale-billed Woodpecker||Campephilus guatemalensis|
|Ruddy Woodcreeper||Dendrocincla homochroa|
|Olivaceous Woodcreeper||Sittasomus griseicapillus|
|Ivory-billed Woodcreeper||Xiphorhynchus flavigaster|
|Streak-headed Woodcreeper||Lepidocolaptes souleyetii|
|Barred Antshrike||Thamnophilus doliatus|
|Spotted Antbird||Hylophylax naevioides|
|Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet||Camptostoma imberbe|
|Yellow-bellied Elaenia||Elaenia flavogaster|
|Ochre-bellied Flycatcher||Mionectes oleagineus|
|Slate-headed Tody-Flycatcher||Poecilotriccus sylvia|
|Yellow-olive Flycatcher||Tolmomyias sulphurescens|
|Yellow-margined Flycatcher||Tolmomyias assimilis|
|Olive-sided Flycatcher||Contopus cooperi|
|Tropical Pewee||Contopus cinereus|
|Black Phoebe||Sayornis nigricans|
|Bright-rumped Attila||Attila spadiceus|
|Dusky-capped Flycatcher||Myiarchus tuberculifer|
|Nutting’s Flycatcher||Myiarchus nuttingi|
|Brown-crested Flycatcher||Myiarchus tyrannulus|
|Great Kiskadee||Pitangus sulphuratus|
|Boat-billed Flycatcher||Megarhynchus pitangua|
|Social Flycatcher||Myiozetetes similis|
|Streaked Flycatcher||Myiodynastes maculatus|
|Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher||Myiodynastes luteiventris|
|Piratic Flycatcher||Legatus leucophaius|
|Tropical Kingbird||Tyrannus melancholicus|
|Eastern Kingbird||Tyrannus tyrannus|
|Genera INCERTAE SEDIS|
|Masked Tityra||Tityra semifasciata|
|Three-wattled Bellbird||Procnias tricarunculatus|
|Long-tailed Manakin||Chiroxiphia linearis|
|Brown-capped Vireo||Vireo leucophrys|
|Red-eyed Vireo||Vireo olivaceus|
|Yellow-green Vireo||Vireo flavoviridis|
|Tawny-crowned Greenlet||Hylophilus ochraceiceps|
|Lesser Greenlet||Hylophilus decurtatus|
|Green Shrike-Vireo||Vireolanius pulchellus|
|White-throated Magpie-Jay||Calocitta formosa|
|Brown Jay||Cyanocorax morio|
|Rufous-naped Wren||Campylorhynchus rufinucha|
|Rufous-and-white Wren||Thryothorus rufalbus|
|Banded Wren||Thryothorus pleurostictus|
|Plain Wren||Thryothorus modestus|
|House Wren||Troglodytes aedon|
|Nightingale Wren||Microcerculus philomela|
|Long-billed Gnatwren||Ramphocaenus melanurus|
|White-lored Gnatcatcher||Polioptila albiloris|
|Tropical Gnatcatcher||Polioptila plumbea|
|Black-headed Nightingale-Thrush||Catharus mexicanus|
|Swainson’s Thrush||Catharus ustulatus|
|Clay-colored Robin||Turdus grayi|
|Yellow Warbler||Dendroica petechia|
|Gray-crowned Yellowthroat||Geothlypis poliocephala|
|Golden-crowned Warbler||Basileuterus culicivorus|
|Rufous-capped Warbler||Basileuterus rufifrons|
|Gray-headed Tanager||Eucometis penicillata|
|Red-crowned Ant-Tanager||Habia rubica|
|Red-throated Ant-Tanager||Habia fuscicauda|
|Blue-gray Tanager||Thraupis episcopus|
|Red-legged Honeycreeper||Cyanerpes cyaneus|
|Blue-black Grassquit||Volatinia jacarina|
|Olive Sparrow||Arremonops rufivirgatus|
|Stripe-headed Sparrow||Aimophila ruficauda|
|Botteri’s Sparrow||Aimophila botterii|
|Rusty Sparrow||Aimophila rufescens|
|Blue Grosbeak||Passerina caerulea|
|Eastern Meadowlark||Sturnella magna|
|Melodious Blackbird||Dives dives|
|Great-tailed Grackle||Quiscalus mexicanus|
|Baltimore Oriole||Icterus galbula|
|Scrub Euphonia||Euphonia affinis|
|Yellow-throated Euphonia||Euphonia hirundinacea|
Air Berlin has announced that it will operate a new service to Costa Rica in Central America every 14 days, effective November 2011. An aircraft will leave Dusseldorf every other Saturday for Liberia, the capital city of the province of Guanacaste in the northwest of the country.
An Airbus A330-200 will leave Dusseldorf every other Saturday. Connecting flights are available from Berlin, Dresden, Hamburg, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Vienna and Zurich.
Guanacaste has many things to offer for the european traveler. From active volcanoes to white sand beaches, from small boutique romantic hotels to all inclusive beach resorts. This of course with a wide range of budgets. Guanacaste welcomes Air Berlin.
The video down below is a recent Ad for hooney mooners filmed in Guanacaste.
We are the 2 students from Sweden named Bojan Glavas and Petra Stuart. We are doing our internship at Hacienda Guachipelin working with different tours and around the hotel. The internship at hacienda Guachipelin is for 7 weeks. Both of us study tourism at the midSweden university and we have 1 year left in school after this term. We are both very interested in adventure and ecotourism and that is why we are here. Costa Rica is very different in both climate and the culture from Sweden and we are here to explore it.
Here we are now and we’re going to write about our adventures in Costa Rica and especially about what we do here at the hotel.
Pura Vida, Bojan and Petra
The day starts out early. My assistant, Juan, and I are in the car driving towards Rincon de la Vieja a little after 6 am. We arrive at Hacienda Lodge Guachipelin and greet the owner, Don Tomas. He sets us up in the restaurant to talk about the land. I have worked with many landowners here in Guanacaste—I’ve had farm limits sketched for me with sticks in dusty patches of earth—but Don Tomas pulls up google earth and shows us the forest, rivers, roads, and points out the property limits.
Juan and I hop back in the car and head towards a patch of oak forest. Juan and I will delineate a forest plot that is 50 by 20 m. Within the plot, we will measure and identify all tree species with a girth of 5 cm or above at 1.3 m height. I have been working in farms all around Guanacaste for the past 7 months and the data from this plot will be added to the dataset I am building of private forests in Guanacaste. I will use this dataset to assess tree biodiversity and carbon stocks on private farms within Guanacaste. Within the plot, we will also collect soil samples to assess soil chemical and physical properties. For the carbon stocks, I will use species-specific wood density measurements to estimate the carbon stored in trees. Costa Rica has done a superb job of protecting forests—25% of Costa Rican land is officially protected. Yet the majority of forests (~76%) are on private lands. Therefore, understanding carbon stocks in private forest are important for helping Costa Rica reach its goal of becoming the first carbon neutral nation by 2021.
The first plot we set up on Hacienda Lodge Guachipelin property is young secondary forests of between 10—15 years. The plot is dense with young trees and Juan and I maneuver through the stand and place the flags to outline the plot. Juan gets started collecting the soils and I measure tree girth and identify species. The plot is within an oak (Quercus oleoides) dominated forest; interestingly, Guanacaste is the Sothern limit of the oak genus.
Also in the plot are the ubiquitous bullhorn acacia (Acacia cornigera). Bullhorned acacia have a remarkable symbiotic relationship with ants; the plant provides a place for the ants to live (hallow thorns) and food to eat (glands that produce sugars). The ants, in return, provide fierce protection. If you have ever bumped up against a bullhorned acacia, you’ll know instantly the fiery sting of that protection. On a bullhorned acacia in the plot I notice a beetle who has impaled himself on the needle end of a thorn. The ants are furious and swarming and the poor beetle is flailing. I feel like I am watching an action packed sequence on the Discovery Channel.
Once we complete the plot, we drive to another part of the property and find some oak forest that is about 20-25 years. This plot is much more pleasant to work in—the canopy is dense, are birds singing above us as we work, and there are lovely purple-flowered vines in bloom.
This plot is also an oak-dominated forest but there are a few species that I haven’t come across yet in Guanacaste. Although I’ve been avidly studying the tree species, there are still plenty that I am not familiar with. When I come across a tree species that I don’t know, I do one of two things: (1) collect leaf samples for later identification or (2) tag the tree with biodegradable flagging and return with a botanical expert. Today I am tagging, so I slip blue tagging tape around the tree. The next tree I measure is one of my favorites, perhaps because I learned it early on so it feels like an old acquaintance Madroño (Calycophyllum candidissimum). The genus name, Calycophyllum, is fitting because the tree bark is the color of a calico cat.
Juan and I finish up the plot and head out of the forest. This has been a great day. We head down the road as the sun turns top of the forest orange.
This is Mom’s day week and to celebrate we have a special. All Mothers go for free during this week. Enjoy the hot springs, the fresh made tortillas, the best horses, and great adventure tours on the foot of the famous Rincon de la Vieja Volcano.
There are lots of things to do on a family trip at Hacienda Guachipelin. Ask for the guided nature tours, a great option to see nature from a different perspective.
Hacienda Guachipelin celebrates this special date with all mothers and their families. Just reserve mentioning the special Mothers day promotion to firstname.lastname@example.org contact us at 2666-8075
May is the month of travel deals in Costa Rica. But not only is the month of the travel deals, it is the month of the best traveling, not that many people around and lots of good offers.
Hacienda Guachipelin has a special for travelers during this month. The 3rd night is for free, plus a free breakfast.
The stay at Guachipelin includes breakfast, hot springs and self guided hikes to waterfalls. There are also activities in the corral every morning, like milking the cow in the traditional way, or feeding the horses.
Hacienda Guachipelin is located at the entrance of the National Park, on the foot of one of the active volcanoes in Guanacaste.
Take advantage of May, get a 3rd night for free !!!
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