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Question re Adventure Pass at Hacienda Guachipelin

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Question re Adventure Pass at Hacienda Guachipelin

Planning to do this when we're there the end of the month ... we're staying at Condovac and will have a car. We are budget-conscious and most of our adventures will be self-drive/coordinated things; but we are intrigued by everything included in the Adventure Pass and it seems like good value for money.

I see there seems to be tours and pick-up options. However \will the best/cheapest option for us be to buy online at their site prior to going, then driving ourselves? I understand that the Park fees of $15/pp is additional. There will be secure parking etc. available. Any suggestions to make this experience more enjoyable will be much appreciated. We are 3x active adults 50-60yrs old.

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1. Re: Question re Adventure Pass at Hacienda Guachipelin

I am always a fan of combo tours. I think it gives you more bang for the buck, and a more efficient use of your precious vacation time.

If you do a one activity ½ day tour, it pretty much kills the rest of the day. Even if you go on a morning tour, you probably won't get back early enough to do another. So that one day of your trip is devoted to that one activity.

The combo tours allow you to keep rolling, and spend the day on the fun stuff. You just have to be sure that the included activities are something you would have wanted to do in the first place.

I have been to Hacienda Guachipelin a few times, and can give a thumbs up on all of these. I haven't taken their zip lines, but the canyon you pass through looks very cool. The whitewater tubing is an absolute hoot, and big fun. When we did that tour, we rode horses to the put in point. So I am guessing that this is the same thing.

The Rio Negro hot springs are pretty natural. Don't expect the huge resort experiences that you find in Arenal. These are much smaller springs. But very natural feeling, and the mud pits are fun to play around in. Think of "do it yourself" mud masks, and body "painting" with mud.

I hope this helps. Let me know if I can offer any further advice.

Warm Regards,

Pat Hewitt

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2. Re: Question re Adventure Pass at Hacienda Guachipelin

Thanks Pat! T We are thinking to do the Full Day Adventure Pass - so I believe it is US$92/pp (online on their site), though it does not include park entry or getting there and back. Includes horseback ride, zipline, tubing, lunch and mud/mineral baths - so seems to be what you did as well. Reviews sound fabulous.

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3. Re: Question re Adventure Pass at Hacienda Guachipelin

Hi Buzz,

you probably already did a lot of research about the area near Condovac, but I was reading some of the reviews of Condovac and read this one so thought I'd pass it on. it's about the boat tour with Marcy (on the MyTanFeet website). and that also made me think of a couple of nearby beaches which you probably could see from the Condovac, Playa Penca and Playa Calzon de Pobre which I also learned more about on the MyTanFeet website (it's quite good for beach information)

review of condovac with mention of Marcy boat tour (and Cortez waterfall).

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-…

Boat tour with Marcy

https:/…

Playa Calzon de Pobre

https:/…

Playa Penca (the one near Playa Hermosa near Coco) both beaches are duplicate names!

https:/…

Playa Calzon De Pobre snorkel report

snorkeling-report.com/spot/…

nice aerial video from Punta Cacique , which separates Playa Hermosa and Playas Del Coco

https://www.youtube.com/watch…

Video of Marcy and a boat tour

https://www.youtube.com/watch…

I'm also a budget traveler and there are so many beaches you could reach with your car. However, the gulf of Papagayo and Papagayo Peninsula looks like it's an area where you could get to and see a lot with a boat. Lots of boat tours out of Playas Del Coco. Beaches in Costa Rica are all public, but sometimes access can be hard.

3 hidden beaches in the Papagayo Peninsula (with driving instructions)

https://medium.com/@mariajoyner/3-stunning-hidden-beaches-in-costa-ricas-papagayo-peninsula-46746ee4a527

In this page in the comments section they mention a water taxi to beaches from Playas Del Coco.

https:/…

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4. Re: Question re Adventure Pass at Hacienda Guachipelin

Wow Josh, this is AWESOME!!! I booked flights and accommodation some time ago, however a busy work schedule didn't allow me my usual research time before visiting a new country, so I am quite ill-prepared. Only NOW starting to ask the more important questions on where-what-when. So this is FABULOUS and I will definitely check it all out. Thanks so much for sharing. Don't hesitate to share any additional info you come across - I am now starting to seriously look forward to the trip - leaving next weekend!!

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5. Re: Question re Adventure Pass at Hacienda Guachipelin

From Cordovac you can drive to LLanos de Cortez waterfall in about 1 hour. (It's free)

I've been to Hacienda Guachepelin, but didn't do the adventure pass. I don't recall a Rincon de la Vieja entry fee.

There is a decent "old school" tree platform to tree platform zip line in Sardinal called the Congo Trail. About 45 minute drive.

With an early start you can drive to Tenorio National Park and visit Rio Celeste and be back mid afternoon.

Check out El Viejo Wetlands boat tour of Tempisque river (crocs, monkeys, birdlife). A little under 1 hour from Cordovac to Filadelfia.

If you drive into Rincon de la Vieja National Park and pay the fifteen bucks you can hike to mudpots, fumeroles etc.

Edited: 15 August 2018, 10:36
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6. Re: Question re Adventure Pass at Hacienda Guachipelin

If you look at that post by Steve you've gone from ill-prepared to well-prepared.

Here is another sea-based activity: Sea Bird Excursions

http://www.seabirdsailingexcursions.com/

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Revie…

Did you say you were going to be staying about 2 weeks?

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7. Re: Question re Adventure Pass at Hacienda Guachipelin

Wow Josh, you cannot believe how much you're helping me! We are indeed there for just under 2 weeks.

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8. Re: Question re Adventure Pass at Hacienda Guachipelin

Steverinch:- Thanks for these day-trip potentials ... definitely plan to do a few of them. We are expecting to do a lot of driving, fortunately we like doing road trips:-).

We are however going to do our best to be back at our condo prior to nightfall as I have read too many of the postings about driving at night. So we are thinking of an overnight trip to the NIcoya Peninsula - do you think it is worth it?

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9. Re: Question re Adventure Pass at Hacienda Guachipelin

Which part of the Nicoya Peninsula were you thinking of? If you mean Montezuma and Santa Teresa, I think it's worth it. I think you said you will be driving a 4WD vehicle which will make it easier.

A similar beach town to Santa Teresa is Nosara, definitely worth a visit. Closer to where you'll be staying.

https://www.nosara.com/

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g656474-…

Short video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZN29yBS3wI

And just one hour south of Nosara is Samara & Carrillo.

Here is a video showing Samara (from the start), Playa Carrillo from 2:20, and Playa Camaronal at 3:20.

https://youtu.be/scRJa5KK7oc

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10. Re: Question re Adventure Pass at Hacienda Guachipelin

Here is an additional video on Nosara. I thought it was so well-done I decided I should post it:

by Kellie, "Take a tour of Nosara, Costa Rica"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNbtqi4HHTY

Kellie's surfing video is great too: "Wait for it:" indeed LOL.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcdWoZF7E2g

If you have not tried surfing, It could be the most fun sport you could try as a beginner (if you're in 80+ degree water).

If you want to try it, do it soon. It' not expensive after the lessons and you could become addicted, and there are many surf spots in Guanacaste.

The closest place to Playa Hermosa I think is Playa Grande., or Tamarindo. For Playa Grande, check out Frijoles Locos and compare their price (and reviews) with others.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Revie…

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