My Special Lady & I are adventure lovers and we swore to mix our relaxing trip to Costa Rica with genuine thrill seeking fun. We booked the Guachipelin Combo Adventure Tour for our stay in Tamarindo and I must say it was a GREAT idea, because it resulted in me having one of the most memorable fun filled days of my 40 years on this Earth! Our ride to Guachipilen was filled with information about the local people, customs, history, animals & plant life. And not without a lot of laughs, because our tour guide José Galdamez was hilarious and personable as he was insightful and passionate about sharing his knowledge of the area.
Once we got to the amazing grounds (over 1100 acres of an incredible privately owned landscape) we began our adventure with Ziplining through the rainforest. The staff was very helpful and courteous and the system was well organized and maintained. Each of the ziplines had different character and charm, whether it was a lengthy voyage above the trees or a picturesque trip over a rainforest river. For the more adventurous types, they offered a chance to rappel down a gorge, where you had to rock climb your way back up to the ziplines- after a "tarzan swing" across! This was at no additional cost and those who opted out still had the opportunity to tarzan swing & climb between other lines along the way.
The next leg of the trip involved a pleasant horseback ride through varied terrain of the beautiful farm and forest. My girlfriend loves horseback riding & wished this part of the adventure was longer than the 45minute trek, but personally my butt was ready to move on to switch up the activities! I have to say it was lots of fun though.
After we dismounted the horses we took a quick a quick drive to the river, where we hopped on personal inner tubes and had an awesome hour+ trip down the rainforest river rapids! This was easily some of the most fun I've ever had in my thrill seeking life! Although there are occasional bits of calm, this is no "lazy river" and there are plenty of "hold on tight & lean back" moments as your bounce, spin and splash down the rapids! SO MUCH FUN!! I'm so glad I captured it all on waterproof camera & GoPro- because words can't describe the excitement!
Once we made landfall, we dried off and made our way to the premises restaurant, where an all you can eat buffet of local flair (a little bit of everything) silenced our growling bellies.
The day wasn't over yet! Because the tour allows you to soak your muscles & bones in the natural hot springs provided by the nearby volcano! We finished our day here painting ourselves with therapeutic volcanic mud which we washed off in the showers and/or river beside us, before relaxing in one of the many hot springs of varying size and temperature! Such a great way to end an incredible day of fun filled excitement & adventure.
All the while, our guide José acted as our paparazzi, running around to take incredible pictures of us as we laughed, howled, sighed and posed with our friends/lovers along our tour. The Guachipelin combo packs so much fun into one day and is a MUST for thrill seekers traveling to Costa Rica!! And as amazing as our
special day was, I have to say that it wouldn't have been the same without our guide José
(of slothtamarindo.com), who's passion, personality, insight, and humor made the tour all the more worthwhile! And on top of all that, his picture taking skills were incredible! He really makes the extra effort to get the best shot & plenty of them! Leaving us with plenty of memories to share with our loved ones back home. Words alone cannot describe the fun & adventure you will experience on this trip! GO! And ask for José!
I highly recommend them both!
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