Whereas visiting Costa Rica, we determined to go for a “cover tour“, or zip-lining as we consult with it at dwelling.
It was beneficial that we go on the Hacienda Guachipelin Journey Excursions in Rincon de La Vieja Nationwide Park moderately 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 dust tub.
We’re going to share our full expertise of this present day of journey in Hacienda Guachipelin – it was properly price it!
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Attending to Hacienda Guachipelin Journey Excursions
As we’d rented a automobile with one other couple from our resort for a few days, we acquired GPS instructions for the Nationwide Park and set out on our personal. Should you’re going to drive to Hacienda Guachipelin Journey Excursions, ensure you have a 4×Four automobile.
When you get off of the Pan American Freeway (Hwy 1) you’re on a really lengthy unpaved street (the truth is that’s all our GPS referred to as it, ‘unpaved street’), stuffed with potholes, hills, and the occasional cow wandering down the street.
Insider journey tip: While 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 have to pay!
The tour consists of 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, in all probability greater than the meals at our resort!
Should you guide this tour on-line, 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 gear fitted. This consists of your harness, helmet and gloves. My spouse and I have been each fairly impressed with the harnesses they supply. Having finished a good quantity of labor within the leisure business the place harnesses are a job requirement, we felt they paid excellent consideration to the protection of their friends.
Subsequent up was a quick introduction to zip-lining. Whereas nonetheless on the bottom they confirmed you the right way to place your physique whereas on the road, the right way to hold your stability, gradual your self down, what to do in the event you stopped in the midst of the road, and so forth.
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, in all probability the longest of all of them, goes over a canyon, with an unbelievable view in the event you have been trying 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 optionally available, because it requires a bit extra bodily power than the remainder. Should you select to rappel down, there isn’t a means out aside from the ladder climb again up. Solely one among our social gathering of Four partook on this exercise.
After one other two zip strains, you arrive on the most difficult a part of the tour, mountain climbing. It’s a must 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 a must to climb one other rock wall straight as much as the subsequent zip-line platform. After one other quick rock climb, there’s a small stroll to the ultimate zip-line location. The employees are excellent at guiding you thru this part of the tour. Though I need to admit I used to be slightly not sure about my capacity to finish it, it felt like an excellent accomplishment to succeed in the tip!
In any case of that, there’s one remaining zip-line to the tip, which you’ve gotten 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 gear.
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 an even bigger accomplishment doing the ziplines and mountain climbing in that climate.
The following a part of the day would usually embody horseback using, however provided that it was getting a later within the day (we didn’t arrive till nearly 1pm) and that it was pouring rain exterior, we skipped this and went straight to the sizzling springs.
The recent springs are positioned about one other 10-15 minute drive up the street from the principle Hacienda Guachipelin Journey Excursions workplace. They’re not marked very properly – however there’s a signal about 100m earlier than you get to them. The doorway is positioned proper on the backside of a steep hill on the street. There’s a bridge over the water right here, you possibly can park your automobile on both aspect of it.
There are change services positioned a brief stroll into the forest in direction of the new springs. A employees member from Journey Excursions was on the change services keeping track of everybody’s belongings. The swimming pools are positioned simply previous the change services. There are three swimming pools: one sizzling, one medium, and one cool. If I needed to guess that their temperatures, I might say they have been about 107F, 103F and perhaps 90F. The recent 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 have been too excessive.
The swimming pools have been very enjoyable, and felt nice on the “new muscle tissue” that we found whereas zip-lining! The swimming pools have been very fairly, with just a few different friends displaying up whereas we have been there.
It was nonetheless gentle out after we began driving again, though it shortly acquired 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 a must 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 have been caught behind a line of faculty buses, with no room to cross. It seems college students in Costa Rica go to high school 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 suggest this tour to anybody who needs an thrilling, adrenaline pumped option to discover the Costa Rican panorama!