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Nature, Adventure and Tradition at Hacienda Guachipelin in Costa Rica


Don’t miss the opportunity to experience pure nature, adventure, and traditions of Costa Rican life at Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin.


Uniquely situated in Costa Rica’s sunny Guanacaste province next to the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and National Park, Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin is the ideal setting to explore one of the country’s most interesting regions and active volcanoes.

This is the land of the Costa Rican cowboy. Dating all the way back to 1880, Guanacaste’s rich traditions of ranching and cowboy life are deeply rooted at Hacienda Guachipelin. It is a place to experience pure nature, enjoy adventure, and live tradition.

Experience Pure Nature

Wake up to the sounds of howler monkeys in the forest, welcoming the sun for another glorious day. Go for 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. Maybe you’ll see a sloth, or a white-nosed coati, or a troop of white-faced monkeys. Most likely you’ll be accompanied by one or more of our friendly ranch dogs.

When you visit Rincón de la Vieja National Park, you have the potential to see any of the 300 bird species that live there along with many mammals, like white-faced, howler and spider monkeys, armadillos, collared peccaries, and coatis.

Called the “Colossus of Guanacaste”, Rincón de la Vieja is the largest and most active volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. And even though the volcano’s activity once served as a natural lighthouse for ships at sea, it hasn’t erupted with any force since 1998.

Steaming fumaroles, mini-geysers, bubbling volcanic clay, natural hot springs and waterfalls at Rincón de la Vieja give you a volcanic experience like no other in Costa Rica.

Enjoy Adventure

Rated No. 1 of Things to Do in Rincon de la Vieja on TripAdvisor, you’ll find the best Costa Rica adventure tours at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin. From zip lining to waterfall rappelling, river tubing, hiking, hot springs and horseback riding, dozens of activities are available at our Adventure Center. Get the best combination of tours with the One Day Adventure Pass.

Hacienda Guachipelin now offers mountain biking tours at Rincon de la Vieja on three trails of varying difficulty – the only such trails in Costa Rica to be found on an active volcano.

Live Tradition

The hotel’s 3,400-acre hacienda ranch has been in existence since 1880 – 136 years! We raise horses, cattle, pigs, chickens and turkeys, and grow a wide variety of fruit trees along with vegetables and herbs. Our fresh “farm-to-table” Costa Rican meals you will enjoy in our hotel restaurant are made with produce from our ranch.

Get moving in the morning with our sabanerosCosta Rican cowboys – as they milk the cows and ready the horses for a day out on our ranch or one of our popular horseback riding tours. You’ll know that your milk at breakfast is the freshest.

We welcome you to experience the beauty and traditions of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and Hacienda Guachipelin in Costa Rica.

Article by Shannon Farley