Rincón de la Vieja National Park
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Rincón de la Vieja National Park by Horseback
At the Hacienda Guachipelin Rincón de la Vieja, an eco lodge and a working horse and cattle ranch, we happily took advantage of the adventure pass that combined four activities. Adventure Tours, located conveniently at the hotel, organized the activities, which featured nature (horseback riding, hiking), adventure (canyon zip lining and rappelling, white water rafting, tubing) and relaxation (thermal springs). In two days we checked off all of the above but started with a leisurely gallop on horseback through the tropical forest. The guided mountain ride with a sabanero Guanacastecos (a Guanacaste cowboy) started at 6:00 a.m. while mist still lingered on the flora. It was like being immersed in a lush fairy tale--hearing birds in the canopy, seeing wild horses grazing in the distance, and meandering past waterfalls. The ride then wound down with a dip in bubbling pools, heated by the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, and finished with a volcanic clay mud bath. Rooms (single/double) at the Hacienda are about $79-$96. The adventure pass is about $80 per person. Stay AND Do: http://www.guachipelin.com/en/tours.html
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