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 advisable that we go on the Hacienda Guachipelin Journey Excursions in Rincon de La Vieja Nationwide Park fairly than occurring one of many tour packages supplied at our resort.
It’s a full day journey tour that features a cover tour, mountain climbing, tubbing, horse again using, scorching spring and dust tub.
We’re going to share our full expertise of at the present time of journey in Hacienda Guachipelin – it was effectively price 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. When you’re going to drive to Hacienda Guachipelin Journey Excursions, be sure you have a 4×4 automobile.
When you get off of the Pan American Freeway (Hwy 1) you’re on a really lengthy unpaved street (in reality 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: Once 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 contains lunch on the Hacienda Guachipelín Lodge. I had a neighborhood 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!
When you 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 have been each fairly impressed with the harnesses they supply. Having completed a good quantity of labor within the leisure trade the place harnesses are a job requirement, we felt they paid superb consideration to the protection of their friends.
Subsequent up was a quick introduction to zip-lining. Whereas nonetheless on the bottom they confirmed you learn how to place your physique whereas on the road, learn how to maintain your stability, gradual your self down, what to do when you stopped in the course of the road, and many others.
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 unimaginable view when you have been trying down as you flew overhead!
Subsequent, you arrive on the rappelling line. Right here your harness is hooked up 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 following platform. This a part of the cover tour is elective, because it requires a bit extra bodily power than the remaining. When you select to rappel down, there isn’t any manner out aside from the ladder climb again up. Solely one in every of our celebration 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. You need to climb throughout one rock wall after which down to a different platform, with the river working beneath you. You then do a “tarzan swing’” to a platform on the opposite facet of the canyon.
Lastly, it’s important to climb one other rock wall straight as much as the following 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 need to admit I used to be just a little uncertain about my capability to finish it, it felt like an ideal accomplishment to achieve the tip!
In spite of everything of that, there’s one ultimate zip-line to the tip, which you might have the choice of doing the wrong 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 subsequent a part of the day would usually embody horseback using, however on condition that it was getting a later within the day (we didn’t arrive till virtually 1pm) and that it was pouring rain outdoors, we skipped this and went straight to the scorching springs.
The new springs are positioned about one other 10-15 minute drive up the street from the primary Hacienda Guachipelin Journey Excursions workplace. They’re not marked very effectively – 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 may park your automobile on both facet of it.
There are change services positioned a brief stroll into the forest in direction of the recent 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 3 swimming pools: one scorching, one medium, and one cool. If I needed to guess that their temperatures, I’d say they have been about 107F, 103F and perhaps 90F. The new swimming pools are fed with water from a close-by volcano. You’ll be able to see the place the recent 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 groups” that we found whereas zip-lining! The swimming pools have been very fairly, with only some different friends displaying up whereas we have been there.
It was nonetheless mild out once 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. You need 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 go. 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 suggest this tour to anybody who needs an thrilling, adrenaline pumped solution to discover the Costa Rican panorama!