miércoles, 26 de octubre de 2011

Hacienda Guachipelin Hotel and Adventure Center

About La Hacienda
Hacienda Guachipelín Hotel, dedicated to ecotourism, is situated at the foothill of the Rincon de la Vieja volcano, Guanacaste Costa Rica. You’ll find the hacienda surrounded by lush gardens with native trees, exotic flowers, a great variety of birds and astonishing views to the Rincon de la Vieja volcano as well as to the Pacific Ocean.
This ambiance of a lot of “adventure” activities is waiting for the alternative tourist who likes to spend his/her holiday in a different way. We offer: horseback riding, canopy, tubing at the rapids of the Río Negro, various hiking trails, natural hot water springs, rivers and crystal clear waterfalls, virgin forests with birds, mammals, reptiles and insects. Relaxing volcanic mud pools may close this incomplete list of attractions that you can enjoy while staying at the hotel.
How to get there:
On your rental car, take the route that leads to Rincon de La Vieja. From Liberia itself, head north and drive on the Pan-American Highway 3 miles/5.8km north of the Liberia main intersection (at Burger King) then turn right to Curubande, national park Rincon de la Vieja, Sector Pailas. You’ll pass the village of Curubande at about 8.5 miles/13.6km and after 1 mile/1,7km more, you reach the gate of Hacienda Guachipelín Hotel.
From the Liberian airport Daniel Oduber Quiros, you first drive 20 miles/32km east to reach the Liberia main intersection. (There you turn left to the north)
What to do in Rincon de la Vieja
Hiking trails at the hacienda as well as at the Rincón de la Vieja National Park, Canopy, Tubing (kind of rafting), rappelling at the canyons and waterfalls, Horseback riding tours, Hot springs, Volcanic mud pools, Rodeo, Bird- and butterfly watching, Cowboy for one day, Ranch hand or just visit the farm. Make your choice with the one-day pass. All our activities are organized and start at our “Adventure Centre” located in the hotel.
Weather in Rincon de la Vieja National Park.The average temperature is about 78ºF/26ºC. The dry season lasts from December to March with hot and sunny days and magnificent sunsets. From May to November is the rainy season, which is dominated by sunny mornings and rainy afternoons, but is famous for its green and blossom views on de mountain slopes as well as on the plains. All our activities are organized and start at our “Adventure Centre” located in the hotel.
Costa Rica Map with location of Hacienda Guachipelin you are coming in your own car or  car rental from San José, drive to Liberia on the Pan American Highway. From the main intersection in Liberia (you'll notice three gas stations and Burger King), drive 3 miles/ 5 kilometers north, towards the Nicaraguan border, and turn right at the entrance to Curubande/Rincón de la Vieja National Park/Las Pailas sector. It is 8.6 miles/14 kilometers on a dirt road to the village of Curubande, and another mile/1,7km to the gate at Hacienda Guachipelín.
From the Liberia airport Daniel Oduber Quiros, you first drive 20 miles/32 kilometers east to reach the Liberia main intersection. (There you turn left to the north).
At the gate, you must pay a fee of ₡700 (colones) per person for the use of the private road. This money goes directly to the maintenance of the road and the parking area at the Las Pailas sector of the National Park. Both the road and parking area are maintained by Hacienda Guachipelín.
From the gate, continue to the first fork in the road and take a right, following the signs to Hacienda Guachipelín.
If you are coming from any of the Guanacaste beaches, Monteverde or Arenal, and wish to use public transportation, we recommend you consult your local hotel to figure out the best way of reaching Liberia. We also recommend you contact us in advance to arrange and coordinate a pickup in Liberia, from where we will be happy to transport you to the hotel. Once at Hacienda Guachipelín, we will help you to insure your onward travel arrangements are made in a safe way.

About the Hotel
Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin is truly an ecotourism lodge for adventure travel and nature lovers. The hotel is surrounded by lush gardens with native trees, exotic flowers and many types of birds, and it has views to both the Rincón de la Vieja volcano and the Pacific Ocean. Near the reception area, you will find our corrals, where real cowboys and ranch hands begins to work early in the mornings. We also have many adventure activities that are awaiting the adventurer who comes to Costa Rica for a different holiday, including horseback riding, Canyon canopy tour, tubing on the Río Negro and trekking among many other activities and attractions.
The Reception Area.
The reception area and the bar by the swimming pool are housed in a building more than a century old, part of the original Hacienda. Here you will receive your welcoming drink, while you sit and relax on the chaise lounges and rocking chairs.
The refreshing swimming pool is filled with natural spring waters, coming from the volcano. You can order some snacks and your favorite drinks here at the Bar, and dance with live marimba music at night.
Hacienda Guachipelin is a down-to-earth, yet comfortable hotel catering to nature lovers and adventure travelers. There are Standard and Superior Rooms.
From your room, you can enjoy, during the day, the views of the volcano and the hacienda, and relax at night with the real sounds of nature. Outside, wide and inviting verandahs await for sharing afternoon chats with fellow travelers.
Río Negro Tubing Adventure
After a horseback ride of 45 minutes through the forest we arrive at the changing rooms where we can prepare us for the tubing adventure and have a short briefing about security. After a short walk, we arrive at the foot of the Victoria waterfall, where the tubing starts.
Then everyone gets his/her proper rafting “tube” to make the adrenaline in your body seek its way out, while you have to navigate through Río Negro´s crystal clear rapids.
Afterwards we go to the changing rooms again before the horses takes us back to the Hacienda

Oropendola Waterfall
The Oropéndola waterfall is a very impressive 82 feet high natural shower. The emerald green water invites for a refreshing dive. The waterfall is located in a beautiful vegetated canyon which beauty you’ll enjoy.
To get at the waterfall we have two options:
Horseback riding: From the hotel we take a scenic trail by horse. At the end of the trail we have a short walk to get to the canyon. Although the last part of the trail is easy, it can’t be done by horse. At the waterfall we have a longer break before returning to the Hacienda.
Hiking: For this option there are two possibilities:
1. Leaving the hotel by bus to the parking lot of the national park where we start walking to the waterfall, returning by foot to the parking lot and the waiting bus.
2. We take the forest trail from the hotel and walk all the way to the waterfall.
Symbiosis Spa (Thermal Sulphur Waters, Volcanic Mud and Massages)
You’ll find the Spa embedded in the tropical dry forest, surrounded by the Río Colorado. Once at the spa, you start your treatment with the basic recommendation: Take a natural sauna for about fifteen minutes to open all the skin pores before you are led to the place where you can apply the volcanic mud on your skin, let it dry and later wash it off by taking a shower. Then it’s time to relax in the pools filled with thermal waters for about twenty minutes. Completing the treatment with a cold shower so the skin pores can close again, and you’ll feel reborn.
Beside this basic skin treatment, we offer a variety of massages, body and facial treatments which will increase your “reborn” feeling.
We advise you to make a reservation for the massage.
Different kind of massages:
Full body, Deep Tissue, Foot Reflexology, Back massage, Venous Return, Facial and neck, Couple Massage, Mud Wrap, Chocolate wrap etc.
To get to the spa we have two options:
Horseback riding: Take the trail by horse, after the treatment return by horse to the hotel.
Transport by car: You leave the hotel by car. After the treatment you’ll be taken back to the hotel again
The Canyon Canopy
Tour this tour starts with a short walk from the hotel “adventure centre” to the first canopy platform where, after a short briefing, the magic and exiting experience begins. Our canopy is the only one in the country that takes you in to a canyon and over a turbulent river. Imagine yourself rappelling, rock climbing, doing canopy, Tarzan swings, via ferrata and hanging bridges, all set in the majestic canyon made by the erosion of the Río Blanco during millions of years. This amazing tour will let you enjoy a great variety of vegetation, birds, mammal’s reptiles and much more. You may count on 12 cable “rides”, 24 platforms, 2 climbing walls, a hanging bridge, via ferrata rappel, swing seats and a lot of adrenaline.
Las Chorreras Waterfall
This waterfall meets the Río Blanco (White River) and together they form a natural crystal clear blue pool. It is an excellent place to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and go for a refreshing swim.
To get to the waterfall we have two options:
Horseback riding: The trail leads us to an enormous rock from where you have a beautiful sight of the waterfall and the surroundings. After a long break we mount up again to return to the Hacienda.
Hiking: We walk the same trail as the horses.
The Red Pond It’s a pond on the Blanco River, which shows a solid rock formation in red and white colors. It is a very interesting lava formation and is situated very close to the hotel.
Waterfalls Canyoning Tour
After a 45 minutes horseback ride, we arrive at the changing rooms to prepare us for the canyoning tour. At the foot of the Victoria waterfall we’ll have a short briefing about security before we can begin our canyoning adventure.
To move yourself by cable, experience the effects of the swing going through the Victoria waterfall, jumping in to the pool while rappelling, and as desert climbing the wall of the cascade.
After this great tour ends we’ll get changed again and let the bus take us back to the Hacienda.
La Victoria Waterfall This is a place for the adventurous ones. It is accessed through a steep trail. When it reaches the Colorado River, there is an 115feet/ 35 meter high waterfall. The canyon surrounding the area has a different vegetation and depth. It is located 1.8miles/3 km. from the Hacienda Guachipelín.
Hiking track to the crater:
The trail takes you along different types of vegetation and a variety of trees. At some spots the view is astonishing at a height of about 5.900 feet/1800m.
At clear days you can see the Caribbean Sea, the great Nicaraguan lake and, of course, the Pacific Ocean! Located close to the top are the “Jilguero” lagoon and the highest part: the Von Seebach.
You must be aware of walking this trail, being the longest with its 5 miles/8km, only can be done if you start early in the morning and if the weather conditions are good.
Transportation can be arranged by car or horse from the hacienda to the main gate of the park and back. The National Park only may be entered by foot. The park is closed on Mondays.
Blanco River Pool It’s a natural pool with transparent water. Surrounded by forest and rock formations characteristic of this area and is situated only 600 meters from the hotel. It´s perfect for a short hike during the day.

Horseback riding at Rincón de la Vieja National Park
You leave from the hacienda stables on a trail through tropical dry woods. A part of the trail leads through reforested area. The hotel has about 1.25 square miles reserved as reforestation area in which are grown species threatened by extinction. In these surroundings you can see a great variety of birds, mammals, reptiles etc. At the property of the hacienda we seek trails of interest of flora and fauna and sightseeing spots instead of paved roads. On our calm and friendly horses we take you on a 45 minute trip to the National Park main gate, where we have to leave our horses, as we are only allowed to enter the park by foot.
At the park we take the “Las Pailas” track and when we finish the walking part, the horses are waiting to take us back to the Hacienda.

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