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Best Costa Rica Summer Cool-off – Hacienda Guachipelin Water Adventures!

costa rica summer River Tubing Adventure at Hacienda Guachipelin
Beat the heat of Costa Rica summer on a water adventure at Hacienda Guachipelin.

Article by Shannon Farley

On days like these in the sizzling Costa Rica summer, the best way to cool off is on a water adventure at Hacienda Guachipelin.

From river tubing to waterfall rappelling and swimming in refreshing waterfall pools, Hacienda Guachipelin has plenty of fun water activities to enjoy on your Costa Rica vacation.

After your adventure, you can relax in the mineral rich, volcanic hot springs of Rio Negro, or enjoy luxury spa services at the Simbiosis Spa beside the bubbling Colorado River. The hotel’s swimming pool, filled with natural spring water, is another cool place to hang out.

Here’s a preview of the fun water adventures available at Hacienda Guachipelin, a favorite hotel in Guanacaste at the foot of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. It’s time to enjoy Costa Rica summer!

River Tubing

You’ll enjoy non-stop excitement riding the watery rollercoaster of the Rio Negro (Black River) on the river tubing adventure. In your individual inner tube raft, you’ll splash down 5 km (3 miles) of small rapids and quiet pools in this crystal-clear river.

Special river tube rafts are designed with handles and protective bottoms, and you will wear rafting helmets and lifejackets. Guides ensure your safety along the trip. The Rio Negro Tubing Adventure is included in Hacienda Guachipelin’s One Day Adventure Pass.

costa rica summer river tubing
Get wet, cool off and have a lot of fun on the Rio Negro Tubing Adventure at Hacienda Guachipelin.

Waterfall Canyoning

Rappelling down a gushing waterfall is a great way to cool off on a hot day. The Waterfall Canyoning tour at Hacienda Guachipelin involves guided rappels and rock climbing and a “Tarzan swing” through the cascading 115-foot (35-meter) Victoria Waterfall. It’s an adrenaline rush!

Experienced guides assist you with professional equipment and safety gear.

waterfall canyoning hacienda guachipelin
Rappelling down a tropical waterfall is a thrilling way to cool off in Costa Rica summer.

Swim in Waterfall Pools

There’s nothing quite so emblematic of visiting the tropics – and, for sure, Costa Rica – as swimming in a beautiful jade green or turquoise-colored pool at the base of a waterfall amid lush tropical plants.

Hacienda Guachipelin offers hiking and horseback riding tours to four tropical waterfalls located on the hotel’s ranch or nearby at the Rincon de la Vieja National Park: the Oropendula WaterfallChorreras WaterfallsVictoria Waterfall and the Cangreja Waterfall.

Waterfall at Rincon de la Vieja Volcano
At Hacienda Guachipelin, you can swim at four different waterfalls.

Hot Springs

Soaking in the hot springs at Hacienda Guachipelin is one of the most popular things to do by the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. Beautiful and relaxing in a natural setting, the volcanic hot springs at Rio Negro flow through 10 man-made pools surrounded by thick tropical forest. A visit to the Rio Negro Hot Springs is included in both the One Day Adventure Pass and the One Day Nature Pass combo tours.

At the Simbiosis Spa by the Colorado River, there are three outdoor soaking pools of thermo-mineral water flowing straight from volcanic springs.

Hot springs at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin in Costa Rica
After a day of water adventures at Hacienda Guachipelin, it’s time to relax in the hot springs.

Guachipelín fresh handmade pizza

Eating pizza will always make you spend happy and fun moments with those you love and even more when it is a handcrafted pizza. Its unique flavor and texture will fascinate you and make you feel at home. In Hacienda Guachipelín you will taste the best handmade pizza during your vacations in Costa Rica.

If you’re a pizza lover you can’t miss the incredible taste of Hacienda Guachipelín’s handmade pizzas.

Article by Ana Laura González

The handmade pizza has a crunchier texture and has no preservatives or saturated fats. It is kneaded by hand and made in a stone oven and all the ingredients are totally natural. In Hacienda Guachipelín you will taste the delicious pizza made by Chef Gerardo.

The bread is all made by chef to get that unique crunchier texture.


As you all know, the restaurant’s menu is known for its farm to table freshness. To prepare the pizzas Chef Gerardo uses the vegetables and species that grow in our organic garden, and the cheese comes right from our farm.

You can get to try the Supreme, Hawaiian, Pepperoni, Ham, and Cheese or ask the chef to use your favorite ingredients.  

Every ingredient is fresh from the farm and tomatoes right from the organic garden.


According to Chef Gerardo, every guest and visitor at Guachipelín that tries the handmade pizza has a positive review. They stay to see the spectacle of every phase of the preparation from the start when he goes to get the vegetables and ingredients in the farm until the bread preparation and the baking.

Pizzas are cooked in a traditional stone oven to get the perfect cooking point.


The final step for the perfect pizza is baking. A stone oven will give the pizza a unique bread texture and will get the vegetables on point. Your pizza is ready, waiting for you to try it at Hacienda Guachipelín.


The perfect end for an adventurous day in Rincón de la Vieja is the delicious and fresh flavor of a handmade pizza. The unique flavors will make never forget Hacienda Guachipelín for its unique handmade pizzas.

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.


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.

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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.

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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.