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Year-Round Birding at Hacienda Guachipelin

Year-Round Birding at Hacienda Guachipelin

The Guanacaste region where Hacienda Guachipelin is located has more than 600 resident avian species. More than 200 of the local species are migratory birds. Being a migrant myself, I am inspired by these birds who seek comfort in only the best climates. They are the groupies of nature, following her along as she blossoms from north to south and back again. The colorful natives that regularly inhabit this land are just as inspiring. All in all, the diverse bird population brings birdwatching visitors to stay with us no matter the time of year.

The great kiskadee, part of the tyrant flycatcher family, is an agile hunter

Visiting Hacienda Guachipelin during different seasons

There are a variety of natural bird habitats on the vast Hacienda Guachipelin grounds. Here, you will find wetlands, grasslands and a dry forest among the nearly 10 different habitats in this region. The Rio Negro runs through our 3500 acre land. During the rainy fall season, the ground water swells and creates a broad marsh area that attracts many migratory birds. And the ever-present abundance of fruit and nut bearing trees keep our locals happy throughout the year.

The extra water during rainy season can make it harder for people to get around. But taking a horseback ride through the less walkable areas makes it easy to sight the snowy white herons and roseate spoonbills coming to visit.

Traveling by horseback across the beautiful Hacienda Guachipelin grounds is a great way to take in the sights and sounds of this biodiverse region

During the dry season, the foliage shrinks back to reveal an incredible selection of bugs. There are about 10,000 insect species here, more than enough to feed the many bird species.

A few of the bird “residents”

The three-wattled bellbird is a funny little resident with long wattles off his bill. If you are here between March and September, you might hear his piercing call.

Ruby-throated hummingbirds buzz by our many flower bushes than line Hacienda Guachipelin’s central trails. There are around 30 different types of hummingbirds here. You’ll be amazed at the beautiful shades of their feathers, from shiny blues and purples to greens and yellows. Look for their small, cone-shaped nests among the foliage.

A private suite at Hacienda Guachipelin is a perfect hummingbird spotting location

Some of the native locals include parrots, the brown pelican, herons, eagles, cuckoos, owls, blue-throated toucanet and more. If we’re lucky, we may see the curassow, whose population is endangered. This bird is more than three feet tall and glossy black, with dark blue undertones and a bright yellow bill. The female looks more like a pheasant, with black tail feathers accented in white.

The turquoise motmot is one of six species that birdwatchers can find at Hacienda Guachipelin

Trogons are named after how they gnaw their nests from rotted wood. They don’t have strong bills, but they have managed to find a way to build their nests for their families. They are most vocal in spring and summer, and there are at least 10 species that you can spot while visiting Hacienda Guachipelin. Some include the gartered trogon, the black­-headed trogon, the slaty­-ailed trogon, and the orange­-bellied trogon.

A masked trogon perches in full-view near Hacienda Guachipelin’s visitor’s center.

Curious white­-throated magpie­ jays can often be seen visiting tourists for food. These birds are not shy and travel in large groups making lots of noise. They are large birds with a very long tail and curved feathers on the head. These birds like the many plantations for coffee that you will find in our region, including our own newly planted 100 acres of gourmet coffee plants.

Some of the favorite bird sightings at Hacienda Guachipelin

A native star of this region is the keel-billed toucan, whose body is black with a yellow breast and the most colorful bill anywhere. It’s a bright green with splashes of turquoise and orange leading to a tip covered in purple. If you have a good view, you’ll see his scarlet bottom and turquoise talons.

Black mandibled toucan eating Ylang Ylang berries

The resplendent quetzal captures every birder’s attention with its bright green back, deep red belly and prominent feathers. This is definitely one of the areas most unique birds with a very small body and an extremely long tail.

The blue-­crowned motmot is another of the most unique birds in all of Costa Rica. There are six species of motmot that call Costa Rica home as well but the blue­-crowned motmot stands out for its uniquely colored head, green body and a long tail. It can be observed up to 13 ft from the ground. Both the blue-crowned motmot and the resplendent quetzal can be found at Hacienda Guachipelin.

Fairy Tale Woodland Nuptials at Las Chorreras Waterfall, Hacienda Guachipelin

A unique and special destination wedding in Costa Rica

*See a video of this wedding at the bottom of this article

There are a few moments in life that are truly profound to witness. True love uniting under the natural archways of live trees with the Las Chorreras waterfall in the backdrop is one of those moments.

Reagan and Nathianial’s tropical woodland nuptials at Las Chorreras Waterfall, Hacienda Guachipelin

Our staff at Hacienda Guachipelin were lucky to host a unique and special wedding on January 9, 2019. And although we had only known this couple for a short time, each of us who witnessed the union of Reagan and Nathaniel Jackson had tears of joy in our eyes for the magic that we were privileged to share in alongside a select group of 33 guests.

The bride appeared a woodland princess as she walked down an aisle of meticulously laid jungle foliage. She relied on her instinct for natural décor and radiated in her white tulle gown and floral crown amidst the greenery of Guanacaste’s tropical dry forest. The outdoor venue had a glamorous yet simple and classic vibe created with strings of fairy lights and decorative pieces picked directly from Hacienda Guachipelin’s gardens. The couple carried their elevated tropical theme throughout every detail of the day, from the table settings to the palm-printed invites and greeting cards.

About the newlyweds

Reagan and Nathaniel are from the US but have been living in a small town near Nosara for a number of years. They chose to move to Costa Rica so that they could live a simpler life, closer to nature. From their very first conversation, Reagan and Nathaniel bonded over their shared history, having both grown up in rural areas where they spent most of their childhoods outdoors. Their shared appreciation for nature was a major reason why they were drawn to live in Costa Rica and their wedding at Hacienda Guachipelin was a reflection of this passion for nature that brought them together.

The happy couple toasting to a bright future

The couple wanted to reflect their personal style in their wedding theme. However, they quickly realized that their style does not easily fit into any one category. They ended up with a theme that reflected their variety of their interests and made for a unique and special affair.

“We like modern and minimal design, with clean lines and geometric shapes; you can see that in the triangular ceremony backdrop, and the geometric candle holders on the reception tables,” says Reagan, who chose all of the décor alongside her now husband, Nathaniel, and their friends.

Choosing the Las Chorreras waterfall location

Although Reagan and Nathan both love the beach, they decided to opt for something different for their special day. The couple live in a beach town in Costa Rica and have seen their share of weddings on the beach.

“We live in a beach town in Costa Rica where almost all the weddings are on the beach,” says Reagan. “Nathan and I love the beach, but we prefer to be out in the jungle even more. So we decided on having the wedding at either a waterfall or a big magnificent tree.”

The bride, Reagan, in a private pre-wedding memorial ceremony at Las Chorreras Waterfall

They began searching for the perfect place for weeks, making lists of waterfalls and keeping note of trees that inspired them. This took the couple on a waterfall tour in Costa Rica where not only did they want an awe inspiring waterfall location, they also wanted a surrounding area that could accommodate seating for thirty-three guests. And when they finally arrived at Hacienda Guachipelin’s Las Chorreras Waterfall, they know they had found the perfect place.

“Las Chorreras was actually the last one on our list and I was growing a bit concerned about finding one that would work for us,” says Reagan. “The hike out there was a bit long and it was a hot day in July. I was tired from hiking to several other locations and feeling a bit discouraged. But when we arrived at Las Chorreras my heart skipped a beat. It was so beautiful and had a large, nearly flat area up on the cliff overlooking the falls. We knew instantly it was ‘the one’.”

Las Chorreras Waterfall is a sensational backdrop for a special occasion

The ceremony

The natural beauty of the waterfall was the couple’s favorite part to share with their guests. Their idea was to feature the area’s natural beauty, so they chose to be sparse with the décor and married under a simple, flower adorned triangle – a traditional symbol for spirit, earth and water. Reagan walked down a natural green isle and met her groom, with the powerful flow of the Las Chorreras Waterfall in the backdrop.

Reagan and Nathan say ‘I do’ next to the Las Chorreras Waterfall

Reagan wanted to reflect her typically low maintenance look. She chose to have her sister, Raven, create her hair and makeup for the occasion. Raven was able to add sparkle to Reagan’s everyday minimalist, natural style. Reagan’s friend, Nikki Cabrera, brought Reagan’s jewelry designs to life as a wedding gift to the bride. And bare feet made for the free-spirited finish and completed Reagan’s woodland princess look. She stood out spectacularly in her snow white gown, with pale-colored tropical flowers crowning her loose curls.

As a special honor to Nathan’s mother who passed several years before the couple met, Reagan gifted her soon-to-be husband with a touching gift. As the couple was having their ‘first touch’ during their private pre-ceremony photo shoot, Reagan gave Nathan an antique heron pendant that represented his mother’s deep connection to blue herons. The bride wanted her husband to carry his mother with him during their wedding and they honored her with a private ceremony, spreading some of her ashes into the river.

The couple’s first touch ceremony under a giant fig tree

“Nathan’s mother passed away several years before we met,” says Reagan. “She was a very spiritual person and always had a special connection with blue herons. As a wedding gift I gave Nathan a small, antique heron pendant during the first touch, so he could carry her with him during the wedding. We also honored her with a private ceremony in which we spread some of her ashes into the river.”

The couple’s shared southern background made it essential to bring some country aesthetic to the party. Hay bales were used for seating during the ceremony and wheelbarrows were used to hold coconut cocktails for after the ‘I dos’.

An impromptu game of Cornhole broke out directly after the ceremony. Nathan’s family are big fans of the traditional southern game and the couple had a custom board made by their friends at Raspa Design in Nosara for the occasion.

The reception

A soft romance began the evening when the married couple played on the tree twin during a post “I do” photo session. They were able to carve their initials and wedding date on the swing to commemorate their vows at the place where they spoke them.

Sweeping curtains of lights decorated the reception hall, where guests adjourned around tables adorned with handmade macramé runners and Monstera Deliciosa leaves as place mats. Cafe lights hung from the tree branches overhead, creating a beautiful dining ambiance in the al fresco setting.

The conscious couple made sure that their wedding could be as eco-friendly as possible. They strove to ensure that their wedding would be plastic-free and found a variety of natural materials to replace traditional disposable items. Mil Besos featured as the wedding planner, bringing an amazingly talented team. The bride was extremely pleased with how everything turned out and recommends them to future wedding parties.

But how did it feel for the bride? “Everyone warned me the day would fly by, and they were so right,” says Reagan. Oddly, I remember sitting down during the reception and just being in complete awe of how everything had come together. I literally pinched myself because it seemed like a dream.”

Reagan and Nathanial sharing their first dance as a married couple

Pre and post wedding activities

During their stay, the wedding party of 30 enjoyed the waterfalls, hiking and hot springs. Only six of the couple’s guests were visiting Costa Rica for the first time, but everyone enjoyed the stunning natural beauty and adventure activities at Hacienda Guachipelin. The diverse scenery at the foothills of the Rincon de la Vieja volcano are unparalleled and everyone was in awe of the spectacular activities available in the area.

In the days leading up to the wedding, the wedding party visited the many waterfalls on the Hacienda Guachipelin grounds. They would finish their days by soaking in the hot springs to relax, and the wedding couple even had a soak just before getting ready for their ceremony. The day after the ceremony, the whole group of family and friends enjoyed a day of horseback riding and a river tubing adventure!  “It was all so much fun,” says Reagan.

Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Jackson, on your magical nuptials at Hacienda Guachipelin.

Watch a video of Reagan and Nathanial’s wedding ceremony at Las Chorreras waterfall:

Reagan and Nathaniel’s Wedding Team included:

Planning & Design & Coordination: Meghan Cox, Cata Ulloa & Sol Marinoni, Mil Besos

Photographer & Videographer – White Diamond https://whitediamondphoto.com/

Catering & Venue – https://www.guachipelin.com/

Flowers – Flores de Campos

Rentals – Los Primos Designs https://www.losprimosdesigns.com/

Music – DJ Mason Dunn https://www.wdjcr.com/

Experience A Unique Adventure At Hacienda Guachipelin in Guanacaste Costa Rica

Visiting Hacienda Guachipelin in Guanacaste Costa Rica is one of those rare, unforgettable, almost magical events that you will want to relive again and again. If you are looking for an adventure getaway in a peaceful, natural setting, Hacienda Guachipelin provides a full range of quality experiences that invite guests to let go and get away from the everyday. Everything about the property feels authentic and full of life. There is history in this land and the smiles from the huge ensemble of staff show that this is a family business that cares about the land and sharing its natural wonders with their guests.

Hacienda Guachipelin offers adventure tours in Guanacaste for a sensational array of experiences that will have you trade your stress or boredom for excitement! Release yourself into the expert hands of their friendly guides and indulge in the epic sensations that nature provides. The team of organizers and guides at Hacienda Guachipelin have a spectacular natural venue from which they curate some of the best experiences that Mother Nature provides in Costa Rica! Delight in the cold tingle and the roar of the river as it cascades down the canyon and over your body. Relish the heat of the thermal pools as you relax in a pristine jungle setting. There is an absolute abundance of reenergizing and regenerative activities to experience at this unique Costa Rica eco-tourism destination.

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Canyon and canopy zip-lining tour with Hacienda Guachipelin

About the Hacienda

The Batalla Family are the long-time owners of this nearly 3500 acre parcel of land at the base of the Rincon de la Vieja National Park in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. They have farmed this land consistently since 1975. They officially opened the Hacienda Guachipelin hotel in 1985 to serve a growing number of visitors to the Rincon de la Vieja National Park. As one of two main entry points to the National Park, the Hacienda Guachipelin has hosted many thousands of guests since it opened its doors and it has been beloved in that time for the quality experience that it provides in its warm Guanacaste welcome.

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Traditional painted ox cart at Hacienda Guachipelin is perfect photo opportunity

The tradition of farming this land dates back to 1880. Two generations of the Batalla family have been a part of that succession, showcasing their traditional ways to the world through the Hacienda Guachipelin. Since the property is the main gateway to the Rincon de la Vieja UNESCO heritage site, visitors from all over the world have been coming here for decades and asking to stay the night. Virtually everyone wants to spend at least a full day visiting the natural wonders in the area.

Rincon de la Vieja National Park hosts more than 70,000 visitors every year. People from all of over the world come to this region of Costa Rica to experience the spectacular hot springs, mineral-rich volcanic mud, treasured nature trails, and active craters. Hundreds of waterfalls can be found in the National Park and on the Hacienda Guachipelin grounds, with some notable ones like the Catarata Oropendola and the Catarata Victoria particularly attracting nature revelers from all over the globe.

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The Oropendola Waterfall at Hacienda Guachipelin

The Hacienda’s accommodations include 79 rustic-inspired, comfortable rooms. Each room is designed with natural materials, adding warmth and richness to the true ranch-style experience. All rooms also include modern amenities like comfortable beds, A/C and satellite TV. But the greatest experience lies in walking the stunningly beautiful and peaceful grounds that surround the Hacienda Guachipelin. Flower gardens and ancient trees envelop the reception areas and rooms at the center of the sprawling property. Hundreds of species of enchanting tropical birds can be found flying in between. This is a perfect place to relax in the hammock outside of your cabin, where you can swing to the sound of purple doves cooing in a tree above you with the majestic vision of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano hanging in the distance.

What to do at Hacienda Guachipelin

Being in nature is about play and Hacienda Guachipelin has some excellent adventure tours on their property to take full advantage of the fun! The one-day adventure pass are the easiest way to experience their well organized adventure tour schedule that you can customize to your preference.

Maybe you choose to spend an adrenaline-filled day tubing, canyoning and mountain biking? Or perhaps you want to take an easier pace and enjoy birdwatching, horseback riding, butterfly gardens and a sauna + spa treatment all on the property.

However you choose to plan your day, everyone should end their day with a volcanic mud bath and a dip in one of their fourteen thermal pools. The expert groundskeepers use natural geo-thermally heated water that is filled into stone pools beautifully built into the natural forest landscape. A series of wooden bridges hang over the breathtaking canyons that surround these thermal pools for additional natural healing therapy. Your mind will inevitably melt away and as the sun sets, you won’t want to leave this invigorating setting.

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Thermal heated pools in the forest at Hacienda Guachipelin

Those who come regularly to the Hacienda Guachipelin feel their body immediately release as the pace of ‘everyday life’ slows down and the gentle pace of nature takes over. The team of expert staff is here to catch you and provide the experiences you need to get back to nature.

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Horse rancher getting ready to give a horseback tour of the Hacienda Guachipelin property

You don’t have to think much about looking after yourself while you are here because Hacienda Guachipelin truly has all of the amenities you need. This includes an incredible buffet spread for breakfast, lunch and dinner, made fresh every day with ingredients directly from the property’s ranch and gardens. Fresh milk and eggs are gathered every morning and all of the vegetables are sourced from one of the many greenhouses. The quality organic meals that the chefs prepare are the perfect sustenance to keep your energy up and to nourish the soul.

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Freshly carved meat served with housemade sauces and extras at the Hacienda Guachipelin restaurant

So check in, kick back, and let this experienced team of nature lovers take you on a sensational ride. Book your stay with Hacienda Guachipelin at Rincon de la Vieja National Park to experience your perfect Costa Rica hosts for your getaway from the everyday. I personally cannot wait to go back and relive one of the most relaxing night’s sleep I have ever had after a day of fresh air, fun and adventure touring this spectacular property in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

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Cheers to a great stay at Hacienda Guachipelin!

Article by Alexandra Luty

Alexandra is a nomadic travel writer and content creator working out of her mobile office (aka laptop). She can sometimes be found writing about nature and alternative lifestyles in the forests of northern Ontario or in the jungles of Costa Rica. You can contact her at alexandra.luty@gmail.com

What is the best lodging at Rincon de la Vieja Volcano like?

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Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin at the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano in Costa Rica.

Article by Shannon Farley

Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin offers you the best lodging at Rincon de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Inspired by ranching life in Guanacaste, comfortable guest rooms and suites feature authentic designs and handcrafted furniture using traditional Costa Rican woods. With lovely views of the surrounding dry tropical forest and the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, this award-winning eco-hotel is an ideal place to stay.

What are the rooms like at Hacienda Guachipelin?

Hacienda Guachipelin offers 77 comfortable ranch-style rooms and suites. Wide and inviting verandas welcome you to relax and meet fellow travelers. A grand breakfast buffet, entrance to the hotel’s natural volcanic hot springs, and free access to hiking trails and waterfalls are complimentary for all guests at Hacienda Guachipelin. There are several rooms specially equipped for disabled travelers. Keeping with Hacienda Guachipelin’s commitment to sustainable tourism, modern solar rooftop water heaters provide the hot water in bathrooms.

All rooms have:

  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fans
  • Safe
  • Closet
  • Private bathroom with on-demand hot water
  • Free high-speed Wi-Fi
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Standard Rooms at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin.

Standard Rooms are located near the reception area and are geared toward the budget-conscious. Simple and comfortable, Standard Rooms have a double bed and a single bed, or two double beds.

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Superior Rooms at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin.

Superior Rooms are for guests looking for a little more luxury. More spacious, these rooms ring the gardens and have beautiful views. They feature the added touches of cable TV, a coffee maker and a phone. Superior Rooms have two double beds or one double bed.

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Superior Family Rooms at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin.

Superior Family Rooms are large enough for 5 persons and are ideal for families. Conveniently positioned near the reception, rooms have one king bed, one double bed and one single bed. In addition to the luxury touches found in the Superior Rooms, there are also a mini-refrigerator and a hairdryer.

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Legacy Suites at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin.

Legacy Suites are the newest guest accommodations, introduced in early 2017. Located away from the stable area and other rooms, spacious Legacy Suites are very private and quiet. They have two queen beds or a king bed and feature all the luxury amenities of the Superior Family Rooms. Small patios behind the rooms are perfect for enjoying the gardens and bird watching.

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Suites at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin.

Suites are the largest of the guest rooms, ideal for couples and guests seeking more comfort. Appointed with all luxury amenities, Suites have a king-size bed, a sitting area with a sofa and chairs and a table for four people, and a private terrace and garden featuring incredible views of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano.

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The Adventure Center at Hacienda Guachipelin offers dozens of the best adventure and nature tours in Guanacaste.

Hacienda Guachipelin sits on a 3,400-acre ranch in the dry tropical forest at the foot of the volcano. The ranch has been in existence since 1880 and has been owned and operated by the Batalla family since 1975. Its extraordinary location next to the Rincon de la Vieja National Park, natural rivers and waterfalls, and volcanic hot springs offers a rich experience of the region.

The hotel is known for its own farm-to-table restaurant, natural luxury spahot springs, and their unique tours. The hotel’s adventure park offers the largest variety of activities in Guanacaste that can be done all in one location: horseback riding, canopy zip line tour, river tubing, mountain biking, hiking in the Rincon de la Vieja National Park, waterfall swimming, waterfall rappelling, hot springs, an archaeological tour, and wildlife viewing in a butterfly garden, frog habitat and Serpentarium.

Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin is a member of the exclusive Enchanting Hotels Costa Rica collection.

Visit the Butterfly Garden at Hacienda Guachipelin

Watching butterflies is a delight at any age, they’re exotic beautiful wings and colors make a perfect match with nature. There are more than 1,200 different types of butterflies fluttering in Costa Rica.  In Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin there are some really fascinating species.

To spot these fragile creatures and explore the amazing variety of Colors you can visit the Butterfly Garden at Hacienda Guachipelin. You can see exotic wildlife and insects during the Nature Tour in the Butterfly Garden in Hotel Hacienda Guachipelín.

Around 18% of the world’s butterfly species can be found in Costa Rica

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Located in a beautiful place surrounded by forest, only 150 meters from the hotel, the Butterfly Garden presents three of the largest families of butterflies in Costa Rica. In the majestic Rincó de la Vieja scenery, butterflies fly through the forest.

One of the most famous butterflies you can find in the Butterfly Garden is the Blue Morpho. Considered one of the most beautiful butterflies in the world, the Blue Morpho is also the biggest and most famous butterfly in Costa Rica. The Morpho Butterfly is so important in Costa Rica that you can find it in the ₡50.000 bill.

It seems to have eyespots to protect them from predators like birds and insects.

Its bright blue coloring is unique. When the blue morpho flaps its wings upon flying the bright blue back makes them look like they are appearing and disappearing into the air.

Unique colors and texture of nature, the wings of a Morpho Butterfly.

During your visit, you’ll get to see other amazing species like the Hecale Longwing, Tiger Longwing (Heliconius hecale zuleika), Owl Butterfly (Caligo eurilochus), Ruby-spotted Swallowtail and many other.

Glass Wing Butterfly in Hacienda Guachipelín.

Known for its transparent wings, this is another beautiful species you can find at the Butterfly Farm. They are called espejitos in Spanish.

On the tour, you will walk along a path to the Mirador de la Hacienda, from where you can see the Rincon de la Vieja and Santa María volcanoes and the Pacific Ocean coast. When you take our fascinating Archaeological Tour in Hacienda Guachipelín, the visit to the Butterfly Garden, Serpentarium and Frogs Exhibition is included in the tour.

You can also choose the Nature One Day Pass, which includes the Tour to the Butterfly Garden, Serpentarium and Frog, lunch at the Hacienda Guachipelín Restaurant, and a visit to the Río Negro Hot Springs.

Your guide will explain details about each animal.

In this amazing tour, you can also explore the Serpentarium and Ranario.  You will even have the opportunity to take a picture with a boa! All tours are organized in the Adventure Center at Hacienda Guachipelin, open every day from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for guests and visitors for the day.

Costa Rica vacations with friends

Look to Hacienda Guachipelin for Costa Rica vacations with friends. The eco-hotel offers adventures, stunning nature and a comfortable place to stay by the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano.

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Vacations with friends are an adventure at Hacienda Guachipelin, where you can enjoy zip lining and dozens of other fun tours.

Article by Shannon Farley

Costa Rica is a popular place for vacations with friends, especially for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.

Beautiful scenery, thrilling adventures, exotic wildlife, affordable prices, and easy access with direct flights make Costa Rica a top vacation destination. Also, the people in Costa Rica are very friendly, so you can go home having made new friends for another visit.

Here are a few ideas for Costa Rica vacations with friends.

WHERE TO GO

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The Rincon de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste is a fun destination in Costa Rica, full of exciting adventures and beautiful scenery.

The Guanacaste Province in northwest Costa Rica is a preferred vacation destination for its famous Pacific Coast beaches, surfing, beach towns, national parks and volcanoes like the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano.

It is nearly always sunny, and the climate is dry and hot, creating its unique dry tropical forest. Wide rolling plains, low coastal foothills, and the towering Guanacaste Mountain Range create microclimates rich with biodiversity.

The Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia (LIR) is perfectly positioned for getting to Guanacaste.

WHERE TO STAY

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Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin, by the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, is a great place for a vacation with friends.

A little northeast of Liberia, the award-winning eco-hotel Hacienda Guachipelin gives you the best access to the Rincon de la Vieja National Park and unforgettable memories with more than 20 Costa Rica adventure tours and nature tours offered.

Hacienda Guachipelin sits on a 3,400-acre ranch in the dry tropical forest at the foot of the volcano. The hotel is known for its comfortable accommodations, their own farm-to-table restaurant, natural luxury spa, hot springs, and their unique tours.

Staying with friends is easy as most rooms have two beds, and you can also rent out blocks of rooms together.

To go to the beach, there are many choices available. Get more ideas with these vacation package suggestions.

WHAT TO DO

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Horseback riding is one of the many fun activities you can do with friends on vacation.

At Hacienda Guachipelin, you and your friends can go zip lining, mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, waterfall rappelling, river tubing, bird watching, and wildlife viewing. You can swim in tropical waterfall pools and luxuriate in natural hot springs. A guided hike in the Rincon de la Vieja National Park is not to be missed. Enjoy downtime together at the Hacienda’s Simbiosis Spa in a beautiful outdoor setting.

WHEN TO GO

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In Costa Rica, the landscape gets lush and green during the rainy season … plus you get rainbows!

From now until the end of May is the dry season, when your travel plans won’t be interrupted by rain showers. When the rainy season begins, the landscape turns lush and green and it is still sunny most of the day. September through November is the rainiest time of year in Guanacaste.

Unforgettable nights at Hacienda Guachipelín

When the sun goes down and the night begins you can enjoy the best time with your adventure partners at the hotel’s bar. After a day full of excitement, adrenaline, and nature, the best place to relax is Hacienda Guachipelin’s Bar.

The bar is surrounded by lush vegetation gardens, a sky full of stars and a huge tree that makes you feel at a tree house. The cocktails are very popular and the best choice for a nice evening.

The magical setting is perfect for drinking some cocktails with your friends

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Relax with our friendly service and spectacular views across our ranchlands and forest to the Pacific Coast. You can order directly from the menu a la carte and taste the distinctive flavors our wood burning ovens give our meals, from our homemade bread to our pizzas and desserts.

The bar is open from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM

You can taste delicious snacks, ideal to accompany drinks and cocktails, typical of the Costa Rican culture. The delicious appetizers that you will be able to enjoy in the bar are made with farm to table fresh ingredients from the hotel’s farm and the vegetable garden.

The cocktails are made with fresh fruits and plants from the vegetable garden.

At our downstairs Bar, you can order savory snacks and your favorite drinks. Dance to live marimba music at night, played by our own living legend, “Don Justo”, who has been making musical magic on this national instrument of Costa Rica for more than 50 years!

You’ll probably have a lot to talk share and laugh about all the adventures you have experienced during the day. The calm atmosphere with good music is ideal to share the experiences lived in the tours of adventure and nature that the hotel offers.

The nights go by at the rhythm of marimba music and immerse in the dry forest

Just like the rest of the experience at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin and the amazing nature that surrounds Rincón de la Vieja National Park, the cheerful evenings at the bar are full of unforgettable moments. Enjoy them yourself while you stay at Hacienda Guachipelin.

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.