Whereas visiting Costa Rica, we determined to go for a “cover tour“, or zip-lining as we confer with it at residence.
It was really useful that we go on the Hacienda Guachipelin Journey Excursions in Rincon de La Vieja Nationwide Park slightly 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 driving, scorching spring and dirt bathtub.
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 automotive with one other couple from our resort for a few days, we obtained GPS instructions for the Nationwide Park and set out on our personal. Should you’re going to drive to Hacienda Guachipelin Journey Excursions, be sure to have a 4×Four 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 known as it, ‘unpaved highway’), filled with potholes, hills, and the occasional cow wandering down the highway.
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 must pay!
The tour consists of 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, most likely greater than the meals at our resort!
Should 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 consists of your harness, helmet and gloves. My spouse and I have 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 security of their visitors.
Subsequent up was a quick introduction to zip-lining. Whereas nonetheless on the bottom they confirmed you tips on how to place your physique whereas on the road, tips on how to preserve 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 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 superb 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 have been wanting 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 non-obligatory, 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 considered one of our social gathering of Four partook on this exercise.
After one other two zip traces, you arrive on the most difficult a part of the tour, mountaineering. 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 aspect of the canyon.
Lastly, you must climb one other rock wall straight as much as the following zip-line platform. After one other quick rock climb, there’s a small stroll to the ultimate zip-line location. The workers are superb at guiding you thru this part of the tour. Though I have to admit I used to be a little bit not sure about my skill to finish it, it felt like a fantastic accomplishment to achieve the top!
In any case of that, there’s one closing zip-line to the top, which you may have the choice of doing the wrong way up! We took group photographs on the final platform, after which had a brief stroll again to the Journey Excursions places of work 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 mountaineering in that climate.
The subsequent a part of the day would usually embrace horseback driving, 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 recent springs are positioned about one other 10-15 minute drive up the highway 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 highway. There’s a bridge over the water right here, you may park your automotive on both aspect of it.
There are change amenities positioned a brief stroll into the forest in direction of the new springs. A workers 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 have been about 107F, 103F and perhaps 90F. The recent 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 have been too excessive.
The swimming pools have been very stress-free, 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 visitors displaying up whereas we have been there.
It was nonetheless mild out once we began driving again, though it shortly obtained 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 cross. It seems college students in Costa Rica go to high school for a couple of 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 approach to discover the Costa Rican panorama!