Adventure on a working cattle and horse farm, in the foothills of the Rincón de la Vieja volcano.
ModestA good option for the budget savvy traveller.
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.
Why 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.
Wildlife 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
Hacienda Guachipelín Location
- 54 rooms
- Open all year round
- Breakfast and Welcome Cocktail Included.
- Children are welcome and reduced rates apply
- Swimming pool
- 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
- River tubing
- Hot springs / mud pools
- Tours to Rincón de la Vieja National Park
Hacienda Guachipelín Rooms
Rana the frog likes this because…
“The lodge grows and farms much of their own food, what they can’t supply they buy locally. Water is heated via solar panels. Organic waste is used as animal feed and grey water is used for the gardens. Rubbish is recycled and recycling bins are place around the property for guests’ use. Staff are hired from the local community and they also support local community social programmes.”
And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Costa Rica Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of latin America through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.
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