Whereas visiting Costa Rica, we determined to go for a “cover tour“, or zip-lining as we consult with it at dwelling.
It was really helpful that we go on the Hacienda Guachipelin Journey Excursions in Rincon de La Vieja Nationwide Park relatively than occurring one of many tour packages supplied at our resort.
It’s a full day journey tour that features a cover tour, mountaineering, tubbing, horse again using, scorching spring and dust 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 automotive 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. In case you’re going to drive to Hacienda Guachipelin Journey Excursions, ensure you have a 4×Four car.
When you get off of the Pan American Freeway (Hwy 1) you’re on a really lengthy unpaved highway (in reality that’s all our GPS known as it, ‘unpaved highway’), stuffed with potholes, hills, and the occasional cow wandering down the highway.
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 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!
In case you book this tour online, it features a resort 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 contains your harness, helmet and gloves. My spouse and I had 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 excellent consideration to the security 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 maintain your stability, gradual your self down, what to do if you happen to stopped in the midst of the road, and so forth.
After the briefing, it’s time to go flying via Rincon de La Vieja. We began off with a reasonably lengthy line for our first run, which simply went via 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 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 subsequent platform. This a part of the cover tour is non-obligatory, because it requires a bit extra bodily power than the remainder. In case you select to rappel down, there is no such thing as a method out apart from the ladder climb again up. Solely one in all our celebration of Four partook on this exercise.
After one other two zip strains, you arrive on the most difficult a part of the tour, mountaineering. You must 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 facet of the canyon.
Lastly, you need 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 somewhat uncertain about my potential to finish it, it felt like an important accomplishment to achieve the top!
In any case of that, there’s one ultimate zip-line to the top, which you have got the choice of doing the other way up! We took group images on the final platform, after which had a brief stroll again to the Journey Excursions places of work 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 mountaineering in that climate.
The subsequent 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 scorching springs.
The new springs are positioned about one other 10-15 minute drive up the highway from the principle 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 positioned proper on the backside of a steep hill on the highway. There’s a bridge over the water right here, you’ll be able to park your automotive on both facet of it.
There are change amenities positioned a brief stroll into the forest in direction of the new springs. A employees member from Journey Excursions was on the change amenities maintaining a tally of everybody’s belongings. The swimming pools are positioned simply previous the change amenities. There are three swimming pools: one scorching, one medium, and one cool. If I needed to guess that their temperatures, I might say they had been about 107F, 103F and possibly 90F. The new swimming pools are fed with water from a close-by volcano. You possibly can 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 enjoyable, and felt nice on the “new muscle mass” that we found whereas zip-lining! The swimming pools had been very fairly, with just a few different friends displaying up whereas we had 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 road lighting, and no shoulders. You must be very attentive to the pedestrians and cyclists at nighttime.
Our return journey was additionally slowed down as a result of we had 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 advocate this tour to anybody who desires an thrilling, adrenaline pumped solution to discover the Costa Rican panorama!