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Make 2019 your year for an adventure vacation in Costa Rica

Adventure vacation at Hacienda Guachipelin in Costa Rica
Go for an exciting adventure vacation at Hacienda Guachipelin in Costa Rica.

Article by Shannon Farley

Adventures are what dreams are made of.

Don’t waste your precious vacation days on ho-hum places and doing the same old kinds of things. Instead, make 2019 your year for new and exciting travel experiences with a Costa Rica adventure vacation.

There is no place on earth exactly like Costa Rica. Its fantastic mountains, volcanoes, rainforests, beaches, and breathtaking natural beauty are so popular it’s why nearly 2.5 million people have visited Costa Rica so far in 2018. But that doesn’t mean you still can’t find uncrowded places off the beaten path that are full of exhilarating adventures.

The active Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, in the northwestern province of Guanacaste, is one of those places. It’s a destination full of wonders – rare tropical dry forest, national parks and conservation areas, wild rivers, beautiful waterfalls, golden savannas, and exotic wildlife like monkeys, armadillos, coatis, and more than 300 kinds of birds. Mostly sunny, warm weather makes Guanacaste a great destination for adventure vacations in Costa Rica.

costa rica adventure vacation
Horseback riding on the Hacienda Guachipelin ranch by the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano is just one of the many things you can do on a Costa Rica adventure vacation.

And you don’t have to be a daredevil or a twenty-something to go. If you’re healthy, young at heart and energetic, we have an adventure vacation for you.

Hacienda Guachipelin is an adventure hotel by Rincon de la Vieja National Park that gives guests of all ages unforgettable memories with more than 20 Costa Rica adventure tours and nature tours.

“Hacienda Guachipelin is an excellent hotel for visitors to Costa Rica. There are so many activities available at the Adventure Center and it is located right by the Rincon de la Vieja National Park! The guides were exceptional, and the activities were fun! Overall – my family loved this part of our vacation the most,” wrote a guest from Massachusetts on TripAdvisor.

River Tubing Adventure at Hacienda Guachipelin, Costa Rica
The river tubing adventure at Hacienda Guachipelin is a lot of fun.

It’s a good New Year’s goal to try something new every day. You can easily do that at Hacienda Guachipelin with exciting zip lining, mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, waterfall rappelling and river tubing tours. The Rincon de la Vieja Volcano is just as thrilling. When was the last time you hiked past bubbling volcanic mud pits and steaming fumaroles, saw monkeys swinging in the trees, or soaked in natural hot springs?

An adventure vacation doesn’t mean you have to rough it. Hacienda Guachipelin has comfortable accommodations, a farm-to-table restaurant, bar with live music, a spa, and a swimming pool.

Whether you are an adventure junkie, outdoor enthusiast or nature lover, make 2019 your year for an adventure vacation in Costa Rica at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin.

Adventure vacation at Hacienda Guachipelin in Costa Rica.

Live life to its fullest and check off some of the big items on your adventure wish list with an adventure vacation at Hacienda Guachipelin in Costa Rica.

Mountain biking at Hacienda Guachipelin in Costa Rica
Mountain biking on an adventure vacation at Hacienda Guachipelin in Costa Rica.

Article by Shannon Farley

When was the last time you had a big adventure vacation? Or did something for the first time?

Don’t let 2018 end without living life to its fullest and checking off some of those big items on your wish list.

Hacienda Guachipelin in Guanacaste, Costa Rica can help you end the year on a high note with dozens of thrilling adventure tours.

Guanacaste is a great year-round destination for adventures in Costa Rica. The mostly sunny, warm weather makes it an amazing playground for outdoor enthusiasts. The exotic dry tropical forest and rugged terrain around Hacienda Guachipelin, at the foot of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, is one of the best places for zip lining, mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, waterfall rappelling and river tubing. The active volcano gives the bonus of natural hot springs. Hacienda Guachipelin’s Adventure Center is open daily for both hotel guests and day visitors.

Zip line adventure tour hacienda guachipelin
Zip line adventure tour at Hacienda Guachipelin in Costa Rica.

Zip lining

Going on a Costa Rica zip line tour is possibly one of the most exhilarating things you can do. Soaring through the air over breathtaking landscapes will have your adrenaline pumping. The Canyon Canopy Tour at Hacienda Guachipelin uses professional safety harnesses and equipment, traversing steel cables that can support at least 5,000 lbs. of weight. More than only zip lines, the Canyon Canopy Tour includes rock climbing, a controlled rappel, Tarzan swings and hanging bridges.

Horseback riding in Guanacaste Costa Rica at Hacienda Guachipelin
Horseback riding in Guanacaste, Costa Rica at Hacienda Guachipelin.

Horseback riding

Fulfill your cowboy or cowgirl dreams on a fun horseback ride along scenic forest trails on Hacienda Guachipelin’s ranch. Six different horseback riding tours go to the Rincon de la Vieja National Park, waterfalls and natural hot springs. You can also try a “Cowboy for a Day” tour.

River Tubing Adventure at Hacienda Guachipelin, Costa Rica
River Tubing Adventure at Hacienda Guachipelin in Costa Rica.

River tubing

Splash through the watery rollercoaster of the Rio Negro (Black River) rapids on a river tubing adventure. You ride in a big inflatable river tube along the narrow and shallow river, and adventure guides accompany tour participants to keep everyone safe.

Adventure tour waterfall canyoning at Hacienda Guachipelin
Waterfall canyoning adventure tour at Hacienda Guachipelin.

Waterfall rappelling

The exhilarating adventure of Hacienda Guachipelin’s Waterfalls Canyoning Tour has you rappel down a powerful, gushing waterfall and finish with a splash into the pool below.

Mountain biking tours at Hacienda Guachipelin in Costa Rica
Mountain biking tours at Hacienda Guachipelin.

Mountain biking

Experience thrilling mountain bike tours at Hacienda Guachipelin riding trails through the rugged terrain by the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. It’s the only mountain bike tour in Costa Rica on an active volcano. Singletrack trails and dirt roads lead you through beautiful forest and to waterfalls.

Hacienda Guachipelin also offers new electric power-assisted mountain bikes to open the sport of mountain biking to everyone. You still have to pedal and do physical exercise to put an electric bike in motion, because the motor only kicks in once you start pedaling. Then you can set the level of power assistance that you want.

Rincon de la Vieja National Park in Costa Rica
See live volcano activity when hiking in the Rincon de la Vieja National Park by Hacienda Guachipelin.

Hiking

Always wanted to hike by a live volcano? You can do that in the Rincon de la Vieja National Park by Hacienda Guachipelin. The Las Pailas (“The Cauldrons”) loop trail takes you 2.5 miles (3.5 km) through unique dry tropical forest and shows off the awesome power of the live Rincon de la Vieja Volcano with steaming fumaroles, mini-geysers, bubbling volcanic mud pits, and sulfur-smelling hot springs.

Hot springs at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin in Costa Rica
Hot springs at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin in Costa Rica.

Hot springs

You can enjoy beautiful and relaxing volcanic hot springs at two locations at Hacienda Guachipelin. The Rio Negro (“Black River”) hot springs have 10 man-made pools that capture the steaming mineral-rich water heated naturally by the largest volcano in Guanacaste.

Along the banks of the bubbling Colorado River, the Simbiosis Spa features pools of thermo-mineral water, a wood-heated sauna, and facilities for massages and spa treatments like warm, healing, volcanic mud baths.

Adventure Center Hacienda Guachipelin
The Adventure Center at Hacienda Guachipelin is open to day visitors and hotel guests.

One Day Adventure Pass

Go for the ultimate adventure vacation buzz by combining several of the best Costa Rica adventure tours on the One Day Adventure Pass at Hacienda Guachipelin.

You can’t beat the fun of Costa Rica zip line tours!

Add some adventure to your life on Costa Rica zip line tours at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin by the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano.

Costa Rica zip line tours at Hacienda Guachipelin
Costa Rica zip line tours at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin in Guanacaste.

Article by Shannon Farley

Few things beat Costa Rica zip line tours. Soaring through the air over breathtaking landscapes – your adrenaline pumping – is possibly one of the most exhilarating things you can do.

Costa Rica is renowned for the beauty of its forests, its impressive volcanoes and dazzling beaches. But have you tried seeing the scenery from a bird’s eye view? Combine it all on a zip line adventure tour.

In brief, a zip line consists of a pulley fixed to a cable – usually either stainless steel or the newer, more ecological carbon fiber cables. The user is connected to the pulley with a safety harness and safety line, and is propelled by gravity from the top to the bottom of the inclined cable. Zip-lines come in many forms – short and low to the ground, long and hundreds of feet high, spanning deep chasms or rivers, or strung through the middle of the forest tree canopy using platforms hung in the trees.

Tree to tree zip lines were originally invented in Costa Rica. In 1974, U.S. biologist Donald Perry pioneered the new method for climbing into and moving around the Costa Rica rainforest canopy without having to return to the ground to study each new tree. It is in the rainforest treetops where more than 40 percent of all life on Earth exists.

The first commercial zip line adventure tour ever came into being in Costa Rica in 1997, and has taken off to become a billion-dollar global industry. Now, you can take zip line vacations all over the country and across the world.

zip line adventure tour in Costa Rica
The Canyon Canopy Tour at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin is incredibly fun and full of adrenaline-charged moments.

The Canyon Canopy Tour at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin by the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano is probably one of my all-time favorite Costa Rica zip line tours. Designed and built by Costa Rican architect Jose Manuel Pizarro, owner of the Costa Rica zip line company Linea Vertical, the distinctive tour is much more than zip lines.

Incredibly fun and full of adrenaline-charged moments, you fly high above the dry tropical forest and back and forth between narrow stone canyon walls over the White River (Rio Blanco) on seven zip lines. In the middle of the tour, there is an optional controlled 20-meter (65-foot) rappel down into the river canyon; and then two routes on a natural rock climbing wall to come back up. You get to cross three hanging bridges and have fun on two Tarzan swings. And finally, there are three “via ferrata” traverses and climbs. Overall, you travel to 21 platforms on the whole guided zip line adventure tour, which takes about 90 minutes to two hours to complete.

costa rica zip line tours
The Canyon Canopy Tour is much more than zip lines. You can rappel, rock climb, Tarzan Swing, and cross via ferrata traverses like this one.

The spectacular scenery alone is worth going on the tour. You are deep in the dry tropical forest – a unique ecosystem in Central America – by the active Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. If you’re lucky, you may spot a sloth, monkey or toucan up close. The tour starts off with the longest zip line, crossing a wide canyon high above the trees. A few more zip lines later and suddenly you are in a narrow, densely forested, rock canyon above the rushing White River. Simply beautiful!

Hacienda Guachipelin operates some of the best adventure travel vacations in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Their 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.

The perfect spot for Birdwatching

Costa Rica is a colorful country, especially when it’s about birds: definitely a birdwatchers paradise. With over 900 species of birds, Costa Rica is one of the world’s top destinations for birding.

The Rincon de la Vieja Volcano is replete with birdwatching opportunities due to its diverse ecosystems. Over 300 different species have been identified in the area, including the Spectacled Owl, the Curassow and the Montezuma Oropendola.

Beautiful bird shot in Hacienda Guachipelin.

Article by Ana Laura González

While exploring the expansive 3,400-acre ranch, be sure to visit the look-out point for amazing 360-degree panoramas of the Rincón de la Vieja and Santa Maria volcanoes, Guanacaste plains, and the Pacific coastline. The sunsets are spectacular!

Rincon de la Vieja is home of hundreds of these amazing species, if you are a bird lover, this is your paradise. At Hacienda Guachipelin you’ll be able to enjoy an early morning bird-watching walk through the hotel’s lush gardens of native trees and exotic flowers, and see what other wildlife you can spot.

A Long-tailed Manakin roaming the dry forest at Hacienda Guachipelin.

Hacienda Guachipelin has everything a bird lover wants. During our nature tours, you’ll enjoy the sounds of nature and get to see beautiful species of birds. In the hiking tours to the waterfalls hidden in the area, you’ll experience a true nature immersion.


Beautiful blue colors of a Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes Lucidus) at Hacienda Guachipelín.

The dry forest is full of wildlife and unique species. The perfect place to enjoy wildlife and bird watching is in the hotel lush gardens of native trees and exotic flowers around the rooms. Come to explore these birds paradise yourself, you’ll never regret it.

The Story Behind the Tradition of Oxcarts in Costa Rica

Oxcarts may be used all over the world, but the oxcarts in Costa Rica are famous for their bright colors and rich decorations. Find out the story behind the tradition and how Costa Rica’s oxcarts got their colors.

Oxcarts in Costa Rica, photo by Shannon Farley
Oxcarts in Costa Rica, photo by Shannon Farley

Article by Shannon Farley

Once the main form of transportation across a mountainous country that depended on agriculture for its survival, oxcarts in Costa Rica today are mostly used for celebrations and are considered a traditional and cultural icon in the country.

The colorfully-painted wooden oxcarts (called carretas in Spanish), their teams of matched oxen, and their oxcart drivers are known around the world. In 2005, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) proclaimed Costa Rica’s vibrantly painted, traditional oxcarts to be an Intangible World Cultural Heritage. Since 1988, the oxcart has been the National Labor Symbol for Costa Rica.

Oxcarts are not only used in Costa Rica but in many rural areas around the world. However, the Costa Rican kind are famous for their unique and colorful painted designs on the cart, wheels and oxen yoke that include geometric patterns, flowers, animals, landscapes, and even sometimes portraits.

No two oxcarts in Costa Rica are painted exactly the same. The fine art of oxcart painting has been passed down in families from generation to generation, especially in the Central Valley town of Sarchi – located west of San Jose. In that town’s central park, you can also see the “World’s Largest Oxcart” – built in 2006.

It was in Sarchi that the tradition of painting oxcarts in Costa Rica all began.

World's largest oxcart in Sarchi
World’s largest oxcart in Sarchi, Costa Rica, by Crsoccer08 – Pablo A, wikimedia commons

The Story Behind the Tradition

Originally, Spanish colonizers to Costa Rica brought oxcarts to be used for transportation and farm work. But their original European design of spoked wheels kept getting stuck and breaking in the rugged, muddy Costa Rican terrain. So, during the mid-19th century, a new design based on the indigenous Aztec disc was incorporated into a solid wood wheel bound by a metal ring that could cut through mud without getting stuck.

Dating from about 1840, oxcarts were used to transport coffee beans, sugar cane, corn and other goods from Costa Rica’s Central Valley over the mountains to the Pacific Coast port of Puntarenas or the Caribbean port of Limon for export. The journey would take 10 to 20 days crossing jungle-covered mountains, rivers, swamps and beaches. Now you can drive that same route in a little over an hour to the Pacific and in about two hours to the Caribbean.

Oxcart tradition in Costa Rica
A traditional oxcart in Costa Rica hauling coffee beans. Photo courtesy of the Joaquin Chaverri family.

The earliest oxcarts in Costa Rica were simple and functional plain wood. The tradition of painting and decorating oxcarts started in the early 20th century at the Joaquin Chaverri Oxcart Factory, which began in 1902 in the artisan town of Sarchi. Farms near Sarchi have been producing some of the country’s best coffee beans for over 100 years. The demand for oxen-pulled carts was born of the need for a sturdy way to transport this precious cargo to the coastal ports.

The story, handed down in the family of Joaquin Chaverri, says that Joaquin decided to beautify his oxcart to take his family on outings in the cart on Sundays. He painted his first oxcart bright orange because that was the only color he had available, according to his family. Orange and red have since become known as the most traditional colors for cart painting. Joaquin used powdered pigment mixed with linseed oil to deeply soak into the wood, making it more durable and long-lasting.

Oxcart painter Carlos Chaverri
Oxcart painter Carlos Chaverri, son of Joaquin Chaverri, in the family factory. National Geographic Magazine, July 1965.

The designs and colors in the decorations are based on Costa Rican plants and flowers. Curlicues, for instance, are modeled after chayote (squash) and ayote (pumpkin) vines. The iconic star shapes on the wheels were inspired by spear tips. The Chaverri family tells that Joaquin wanted the designs to be different from any other kind of art at the time. Not having any ready-made brushes, he fashioned them from dogs’ hair.

When the practice of painting oxcarts in Costa Rica spread, different regions – and sometimes even individual families – developed their own particular design and color scheme. At one time, it was said that you could tell where a farmer was from just by looking at how his oxcart was painted.

Oxcarts in Costa Rica
Varied designs and colors decorate oxcarts in Costa Rica from different regions, photo by Shannon Farley.

Oftentimes, oxcarts were a family’s only means of transport, and they served as a symbol of social status. Very elaborately painted carts meant the owner was wealthy and had the money to pay a talented painter. Each oxcart also was designed to make its own “music,” a unique chime produced by a metal ring striking the hubnut of the wheel as the cart bumped along.

Once the oxcart became a source of pride for people, greater care was taken when crafting them like selecting the highest-quality wood. Eventually, contests were held to award the “most creative and inspiring oxcart designs” – a practice that continues today.

Oxcarts in Costa Rica
Oxcart parades are common celebrations in Costa Rica. This photo was taken in Atenas, Costa Rica; photo by Shannon Farley.

Costa Rican Oxcarts in Modern Times

Although trucks, tractors and other motorized vehicles have mostly replaced oxcarts in Costa Rica in everyday life, some farmers still stick to the old ways by using them during harvest season or when places are too rough for modern vehicles. Oxcarts in Costa Rica remain strong symbols of the country’s rural past and still feature prominently in parades, festivals, and other celebrations.

Oxcart at Hacienda Guachipelin
Traditional oxcart at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin.

The bright orange, richly-decorated traditional oxcart at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin, pulled by its team of matching white oxen, comes from the famous Joaquin Chaverri Oxcart Factory in Sarchi. It is one of the many symbols of Costa Rica’s rich ranching traditions at the 138-year-old Hacienda Guachipelin. See the oxcart every day at noon at the hotel’s Adventure Center or at Cowboy Saturdays events.

Oxcart at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin in Costa Rica
See Hacienda Guachipelin’s traditional oxcart in Costa Rica in daily appearances at the hotel.

Hidden History of Hacienda Guachipelin Found in 1917 Book

The Hacienda Guachipelin ranch in Costa Rica in the early 1900’s was a wild place next to the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. A 1917 natural history book unveils a piece of hidden history about Hacienda Guachipelin.

Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin in Costa Rica
Hacienda Guachipelin in Costa Rica dates back to 1880.

Article by Shannon Farley

Discovering old historic documents about a place is like finding hidden treasure in a forgotten attic or cellar.

That’s how it was for Jose Tomas Batalla, owner of Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin, when a colleague sent him the online link to a 1917 book entitled A Year of Costa Rican Natural History. Written by the husband and wife scientific team of Amelia Smith Calvert, Sometime Fellow in Biology from Bryn Mawr College, and Philip Powell Calvert, Professor of Zoology at the University of Pennsylvania and Editor of Entomological News, the 577-page book describes a long account of the Calverts’ travels and observations of nature in Costa Rica including a visit to Hacienda Guachipelin in Guanacaste.

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Rincon de la Vieja National Park by Hacienda Guachipelin Grows

Nearly 5,000 acres more dry tropical forest and wildlife habitats are now protected in the newly expanded Rincon de la Vieja National Park by Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin.

Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin at Rincon de la Vieja National Park
Rincon de la Vieja National Park by Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin has expanded.

Article by Shannon Farley

The Rincon de la Vieja National Park next to Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin has expanded and now protects nearly 5,000 acres more dry tropical forest and wildlife habitats in this part of the renowned Guanacaste Conservation Area.

Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado and the Environmental Minister, Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, signed a decree earlier this month – on June 5 in honor of World Environment Day – for the expansion.

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Why the dry tropical forest in Rincon de la Vieja is unique

Going for a walk in the woods in Costa Rica isn’t always in the rainforest. Find out why the Guanacaste dry tropical forest is so unique.

Dry tropical forest in Guanacaste Costa Rica at Hacienda Guachipelin
Horseback riding in the dry tropical forest at Hacienda Guachipelin by the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Article by Shannon Farley

All forest in tropical places like Costa Rica is rainforest, right?

Wrong.

Most people are surprised when visiting Costa Rica’s northwestern province of Guanacaste to encounter dry tropical forest, which looks nothing like the rainforest.

One of the rarest ecosystems in the Americas, Seasonally Dry Tropical Forest is found from Mexico to Argentina, and throughout the Caribbean islands.

Also known as semi-deciduous tropical dry broadleaf forest, this delicate life system survives in arid areas with much less water than in the rainforest. With a dry season that lasts approximately eight months, plants and animals have adapted to fit these conditions. Predominantly deciduous trees shed their leaves during the dry season to conserve essential water; and animals require large territories for food supply.

However, despite restrictions in water and resources, the dry tropical forest has the greatest biodiversity after the rainforest and is full of a splendid variety of plants, trees and wildlife.

dry tropical forest Rincon de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste Costa Rica
The Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and National Park is an excellent place to experience the unique dry tropical forest.

Guanacaste in Costa Rica has one of the largest dry tropical forests in Central America, especially in the area of the Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Its unique landscapes, climate, and wildlife make a trip to this region anything but boring.

Trees you will see include Costa Rica’s national tree, the Guanacaste (Enterolobium cyclocarpum), along with dry season flowering trees like the Cortés Amarillo (Tabebuia ochracea) that sports yellow trumpet flowers, and the Malinche Tree (Delonix regia) featuring reddish-orange flowers. Other main dry forest trees include Pochote (Bombacopsis quinata), Guapinol (Hymenaea courbaril), “Indio Desnudo” (Bursera simaruba), and Caoba (Swietenia macrophylla).

Cortes Amarillo tree in Costa Rica
The Cortés Amarillo Tree (Tabebuia ochracea) is common in Costa Rica’s dry tropical forest.

Wildlife is plentiful. Rincon de la Vieja is home to 300 bird species, including the White-throated Magpie-Jay (Calocitta formosa), Violaceous Trogon (Trogon violaceus), Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus), and the Turquoise-browed Motmot (Eumomota superciliosa), as well as a host of parrots, parakeets and hummingbirds.

Mammals here include collared peccaries, agoutis, nine-banded armadillos, white-nosed coatis, raccoons, white-tailed deer, pumas, and three species of monkeys (white-faced capuchin, howler and spider).

Rincon de la Vieja National Park Costa Rica wildlife
It is common to spot white-faced capuchin monkeys in the Rincon de la Vieja National Park in Costa Rica.

The Rincon de la Vieja National Park surrounds the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, one of six active volcanoes in Costa Rica (along with another 61 that are dormant or extinct). The giant, 600,000-year-old volcano soars 6,286 feet (1,916 meters) high and its caldera is nine miles (15 km) wide, bridging the Continental Divide.

Hiking in the Rincon de la Vieja National Park on the Las Pailas (“The Cauldrons”) loop trail takes you 2.5 miles (3.5 km) through exotic dry tropical forest. The route also shows off the awesome power of the live volcano with steaming fumaroles, mini-geysers, bubbling volcanic mud pits, and sulfur-smelling hot springs.

Costa Rica national park Rincon de la Vieja
Hiking the Las Pailas trail in the Rincon de la Vieja National Park gives visitors an exciting experience of both volcanic activity, like this boiling sulfur pond, and the dry tropical forest.

You can easily visit the dry tropical forest and Rincon de la Vieja National Park when you stay at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin. The award-winning eco-hotel is located minutes from the Las Pailas entrance to the national park, and offers guided tours in the park.

Cowboy Saturdays at Hacienda Guachipelin

Cowboys of Guanacaste Costa Rica at Hacienda Guachipelin
Authentic Costa Rica cowboys of Guanacaste perform every Saturday at Hacienda Guachipelin.

Article by Shannon Farley

Don’t miss Cowboy Saturdays at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin in Guanacaste – with  incredible horse riding skills, exciting bull riding, Costa Rican folkloric music, and a traditional Costa Rican oxcart!

Every Saturday from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. at Hacienda Guachipelin’s rodeo arena, or redondel in Spanish, guests and day visitors can see an authentic Costa Rica cowboy show.

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Simbiosis Spa Reopens at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin

Relax and rejuvenate at the newly reopened Simbiosis Spa during your stay at the best hotel at Rincon de la Vieja, Hacienda Guachipelin.

Simbiosis Spa at Hacienda GuachipelinArticle by Shannon Farley

The beautiful Simbiosis Spa has reopened at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin by the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano.

All facilities have been refurbished to give a full-service, luxury spa experience to guests, making their stay at Hacienda Guachipelin even more special.

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