Hacienda Guachipelín

Adventure on a working cattle and horse farm, in the foothills of the Rincón de la Vieja volcano.



 Hacienda Guachipelín entrance
 Hacienda Guachipelín pool
 Hacienda Guachipelín dining area
view from garden of Hacienda Guachipelín


Guanacaste, next to Rincón de la Vieja National Park.


Hacienda Guachipelín is open all year round.

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Hacienda Guachipelín

Located in the foothills of the Rincón de la Vieja volcano, Hacienda Guachipelín is both an eco-lodge and a working cattle and horse ranch.  It is built on an enormous piece of land, parts are dedicated to pasture land but other areas have been set aside for conservation of dry forest and also an area is being reforested with species of trees that are currently endangered.  The rooms here are light, spacious and comfortable and decorated in muted tones, with wooden furniture typical of what you would expect to find in Costa Rica.  There is a pool near the reception area with plenty of loungers for relaxing, but there is so much to do that you will most likely spend a lot of time exploring the area and partaking in adventure activities such as zip-lining, hiking, river tubing and horse riding.


Hacienda GuachipelínWhy go to Hacienda Guachipelín ?

Hacienda Guachipelín is a little different, the hotel forms part of a family run working cattle and horse ranch. You can see the corrals where the cowboys saddle up and head to work. The reception is housed in a building that was the original hacienda and is over a century old – this is the real Costa Rica and you will experience the hospitality and friendly atmosphere of the local people. It is a nature and adventure lover’s paradise, with so many activities on offer or relax in the lush gardens have been planted with native trees and exotic flowers, attracting a myriad of birds. There is also a lookout where you can take in stunning 360° views of Rincón de la Vieja and Santa Maria volcanoes, the Guanacaste plains and the coastline.

Baird’s TapirWildlife around Hacienda Guachipelín

You are surrounded by nature at Hacienda Guachipelín.  In the gardens alone over 300 species of birds have been recorded.  You will most likely see and hear the monkeys in the trees as they go about their daily business.  Some guests have been lucky enough to see armadillos, agoutis are often spotted here too.  Head into the national park and you can find more monkeys (howler, white-faced capuchin and spider).  There are jaguars, pumas and ocelots here, but they are notoriously shy, it is unlikely that you would see them but keep your eyes peeled for coyotes, tapirs and kinkajous.

Hacienda Guachipelín Highlights

  • Magnificent 360° panoramic views
  • Spacious accommodation
  • Adrenalin packed activities
  • Wholesome home cooked meals
  • Real Costa Rican hospitality



Costa Rica Volcanoes and Beaches

Prices from: £1,450 pp for 15 days
See the different faces of Costa Rica. Relax on the Caribbean coast, had inland for some action and adventure as you marvel at the volcanoes and then finish off at the stunning Pacific coast.

river rafting whilst on a Costa Rica holiday

Hacienda Guachipelín


  • Swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Simple spa
  • Enchanting gardens
  • Each room has en-suite bathroom with solar heated hot water (cold water taps only on bathroom basin), air conditioning, ceiling fan, safety deposit box.
  • WiFi is available in the main areas


  • Horse riding
  • Canyoning
  • Zip-lining
  • River tubing
  • Hiking
  • Hot springs / mud pools
  • Tours to Rincón de la Vieja National Park

What is included in the stay

Breakfast and a welcome cocktail are included in your stay. Access to the hot springs, hiking and mountain biking and waterfall trails are also included


Hacienda-Guachipelin-roomHacienda Guachipelín has 54 rooms – 30 standard, 22 superior and 2 suites.

Standard Rooms:  These rooms are tasteful, uncluttered, light and airy.  They are located adjacent to the reception area and closest to the main areas of the hotel.  The rooms have en-suite bathrooms with solar heated hot water, safe, air conditioning and ceiling fans.  Wide inviting verandas that run the length of the building invite you to sit and swap stories with fellow travellers or listen to the sounds of the night.  During the day, the rooms all have views of the hacienda and the volcano.           

Superior Rooms:  These are larger than the standard rooms and located in the newer buildings of the hotel.  They have slightly better views of the surroundings too.  They have the same features as a standard room with the addition of a TV.  There are family superior rooms located closer to the main area and reception.

Suites:  The two suites are named after trees found in the forest.  They are spacious and are finished with high quality soft furnishings in soft muted tones. They have a large terrace with incredible views of the Rincón de la Vieja volcano.  They each have a king-size bed, TV, hair dryer and mini bar in addition to the facilities found in the standard rooms.


Children are welcome at Hacienda Guachipelín and reduced rates apply.


High season: 16th December – 1st January (Christmas) 20th – 27th March (Easter) Low season: 2nd January – 19th March and 28th March – 15th December

Swimmers entering the water during sunset on a costa rica holiday

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