Whereas visiting Costa Rica, we determined to go for a “cover tour“, or zip-lining as we seek advice from it at residence.
It was beneficial that we go on the Hacienda Guachipelin Journey Excursions in Rincon de La Vieja Nationwide Park fairly than occurring one of many tour packages provided at our resort.
It’s a full day journey tour that features a cover tour, mountain climbing, tubbing, horse again using, sizzling spring and dirt bathtub.
We’re going to share our full expertise of this present day of journey in Hacienda Guachipelin – it was nicely value it!
Attending to Hacienda Guachipelin Journey Excursions
As we’d rented a automobile with one other couple from our resort for a few days, we bought GPS instructions for the Nationwide Park and set out on our personal. If you happen to’re going to drive to Hacienda Guachipelin Journey Excursions, be sure to have a 4×4 automobile.
When you get off of the Pan American Freeway (Hwy 1) you’re on a really lengthy unpaved highway (in actual fact that’s all our GPS referred to as it, ‘unpaved highway’), filled with potholes, hills, and the occasional cow wandering down the highway.
Insider journey tip: Whenever you arrive on the entrance to Rincon de La Vieja Nationwide Park, you come to a gate the place they ask you to pay a toll to enter the park. Inform them you’re heading to Journey Excursions and also you don’t must pay!
The tour contains lunch on the Hacienda Guachipelín Lodge. I had an area drink to start with, adopted by Mahi Mahi on a mattress of rice with some greens, and rice pudding for dessert. I loved the meal, most likely greater than the meals at our resort!
If you happen to book this tour online, it features a lodge pick-up so that you don’t have to fret about attending to the park by yourself.
After lunch, we headed out to the cover. The very first thing they do is to get all of your tools fitted. This contains your harness, helmet and gloves. My spouse and I had been each fairly impressed with the harnesses they supply. Having accomplished a good quantity of labor within the leisure business the place harnesses are a job requirement, we felt they paid superb consideration to the protection of their friends.
Subsequent up was a short introduction to zip-lining. Whereas nonetheless on the bottom they confirmed you methods to place your physique whereas on the road, methods to maintain your steadiness, sluggish your self down, what to do if you happen to stopped in the midst of the road, and so on.
After the briefing, it’s time to go flying by means of Rincon de La Vieja. We began off with a reasonably lengthy line for our first run, which simply went by means of the forest. A very good introductory run. The second run, most likely the longest of all of them, goes over a canyon, with an unbelievable view if you happen to had been wanting down as you flew overhead!
Subsequent, you arrive on the rappelling line. Right here your harness is connected to a rope and also you’re lowered, head first, straight down alongside a waterfall. You then swing throughout the water to a different platform, and climb up at 40m ladder to the subsequent platform. This a part of the cover tour is non-obligatory, because it requires a bit extra bodily energy than the remaining. If you happen to select to rappel down, there isn’t any means out apart from the ladder climb again up. Solely one in every of our social gathering of 4 partook on this exercise.
After one other two zip traces, you arrive on the most difficult a part of the tour, mountain climbing. It’s important to climb throughout one rock wall after which down to a different platform, with the river operating beneath you. You then do a “tarzan swing’” to a platform on the opposite aspect of the canyon.
Lastly, it’s important to climb one other rock wall straight as much as the subsequent zip-line platform. After one other brief rock climb, there’s a small stroll to the ultimate zip-line location. The employees are superb at guiding you thru this part of the tour. Though I have to admit I used to be somewhat uncertain about my potential to finish it, it felt like an incredible accomplishment to achieve the tip!
In any case of that, there’s one last zip-line to the tip, which you could have the choice of doing the other way up! We took group pictures on the final platform, after which had a brief stroll again to the Journey Excursions workplaces the place we took off our tools.
One of many joys of being there on the finish of September is that’s was pouring rain throughout many parts of the cover tour. In some methods, this added to the expertise. It felt like a much bigger accomplishment doing the ziplines and mountain climbing in that climate.
The following a part of the day would usually embrace horseback using, however on condition that it was getting a later within the day (we didn’t arrive till nearly 1pm) and that it was pouring rain outdoors, we skipped this and went straight to the sizzling springs.
The new springs are situated about one other 10-15 minute drive up the highway from the primary Hacienda Guachipelin Journey Excursions workplace. They’re not marked very nicely – however there’s a signal about 100m earlier than you get to them. The doorway is situated proper on the backside of a steep hill on the highway. There’s a bridge over the water right here, you possibly can park your automobile on both aspect of it.
There are change amenities situated a brief stroll into the forest in the direction of the new springs. A employees member from Journey Excursions was on the change amenities keeping track of everybody’s belongings. The swimming pools are situated simply previous the change amenities. There are 3 swimming pools: one sizzling, one medium, and one cool. If I needed to guess that their temperatures, I’d say they had been about 107F, 103F and possibly 90F. The new swimming pools are fed with water from a close-by volcano. You may see the place the new water is feeding into the pool.
There’s a bridge over the water main to a different cooler pool, however this one was closed on the day we visited as a result of the water ranges had been too excessive.
The swimming pools had been very stress-free, and felt nice on the “new muscle tissue” that we found whereas zip-lining! The swimming pools had been very fairly, with only some different friends exhibiting up whereas we had been there.
It was nonetheless gentle out after we began driving again, though it shortly bought darkish. As we’d found on the remainder of our journey, the roads in Costa Rica (even the highways and extra city areas) have very poor avenue lighting, and no shoulders. It’s important to be very attentive to the pedestrians and cyclists in the dead of night.
Our return journey was additionally slowed down as a result of we had been caught behind a line of college buses, with no room to move. It seems college students in Costa Rica go to highschool for just a few hours within the morning, after which once more later within the afternoon, with a break within the center when the warmth is at its worst.
Hacienda Guachipelin Journey Excursions: 5/5
Would advocate this tour to anybody who desires an thrilling, adrenaline pumped solution to discover the Costa Rican panorama!