If you’re visiting Guanacaste and looking for adventure, then you have to check out the Hacienda Guachipelin adventure tour. It consists of a zipline, horseback riding, white water tubing, hot springs and mud baths. You get so many adventures in one day!
And it’s no wonder it’s one of our favorite things to do in Guanacaste (and it will probably be yours too). Kids, families, couples and even older travelers will love everything it has to offer.
If this sounds like something you would like to do during your vacation, read below to see what the Hacienda Guachipelin adventure tour is like!
Hacienda Guachipelin map
Hacienda Guachipelin is 20 kilometers from Liberia and 5 kilometers from the entrance of Rincon de la Vieja National Park. It used to be a cattle farm but the owners decided to turn it into a mini adventure park since they have a river and lots of waterfalls on the property. The Hacienda now offers one of the most popular and fun day tours in Guanacaste.
They also built small cabins so visitors can stay overnight and experience more of Rincon de la Vieja but the most popular activity is their one day tour.
Guachipelin Costa Rica Map
Here is a map of Hacienda Guachipelin. As you can see, it’s huge and they have a ton of awesome things to do such as the waterfalls, lodges and river.
Hacienda Guachipelin Tours
We did the Hacienda Guachipelin adventure tour which was amazing. It’s hard to believe you can have so much fun in one day (and for the price you paid too). We’ve taken many friends and family on this tour and it is always one of the highlights of their Costa Rica trip.
Even though the first time we did this tour was in 2013, it hasn’t changed and it’s still one of our favorite things to do in Costa Rica.
Hacienda Guachipelin Zipline
First, up was the canopy tour (ziplining). I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was pumped for a fun day of zipping through the trees!
The first few ziplines were a piece of cake, short and sweet and they even let us go upside down on a couple of them which was awesome. Then came the more adventurous part which I didn’t realize: the rappel, tarzan swing and rock climb. I was a bit nervous at first but I figured I might as well do it. It looked like so much fun!
Hacienda Guachipelin Adventure Zipline
(This part is optional just in case you don’t feel like rock climbing or rappelling down a canyon.)
The rappel was a lot easier than it looked and you land on a bridge in the middle of a river canyon. Once you are up right, you get to see this beautiful view right in front of you.
Next, we had to tarzan swing across the river which was super fun. The guide was having a blast and let everyone swing back and forth a few times before we got off on the other side to get ready for the rock climb.
Luckily it wasn’t that high to climb so if you’ve never rock climbed before, don’t worry! You’re also roped in from the top and bottom so there is no way you can fall and if you have a bit of trouble, the guide on top will help pull you up.
After this climb, there was one more zipline, the hanging bridge and then end of the canopy tour. The ones that didn’t do the extra stunts took a shortcut and rejoined the group at the end.
After we finished the canopy tour, we headed back to the main office and got a little breather before our next activity: horseback riding! We geared up, got on our horses and headed off into the forest.
It’s about a 30 minute ride until you get to the end point. From there, you’ll get off your horse and get on a school bus to the white water tubing start point.
Our guide explained to us about the tubing, the proper way to sit on the tube and safety tips. After that we put on our helmet and life jackets, carried our tube down and started our next adventure!
Hacienda Guachipelin Tubing
This river with class 1 and 2 rapids runs through Rincon de la Vieja and the entire tubing tour is a grand total of 5 kilometers (3.1 miles), lasting about 1-1.5 hours.
This was probably the most fun hour I’ve ever had. The rapids weren’t too big so there is very low chance of falling out or any feeling of danger but they were strong enough that you get knocked around enough like bumper boats and you have handles to hold onto. I felt like a little kid on a hot summer day at the water park except this time, I was floating around in a beautiful natural river!
There are lazy pools after every few falls where you can float around and take it all in: the delicious refreshing water, the sun, the gorgeous sky, the trees and the wildlife.
At first I thought an hour would be plenty of time for the tubing but at the end I was so bummed it was over already! By the time we finished, it was 2pm and I was ready for some delicious buffet lunch.
Lunch is at the Hacienda Guachipelin restaurant and it’s buffet style with typical Costa Rican food. They have rice, beans, spaghetti, salad, meats, bread and dessert. Their coffee and juice are delicious!
After lunch, you can take as much time as you want to get to the hot springs. You do need your own transportation for this part since the hot springs are not close to the main office. Drive towards the national park and you will see a sign for the Guachipelin hot springs to the right after a kilometer or so. Turn right and continue down until you see the hot spring entrance on your right. There is a small parking lot and entrance office.
Hacienda Guachipelin Waterfall
If you have a car, you can visit Catarata Oropendola before going to the hot springs. It’s a gorgeous little waterfall only a 5 minute drive from the Guachipelin base and a 5 minute walk.
You can swim in this waterfall but be very careful not to get too close or deep in the pool. There is a nice viewing platform and hanging bridge for pictures.
Hacienda Guachipelin hot springs and mud baths
You can stay as long as you want at the hot springs which closes at 6. The receptionist will give you towels and there are bathrooms/changing stations at the entrance. From there, follow the trail down to the hot springs. You’ll cross one hanging bridge which has a great view of the hot springs!
The proper way to do the whole mud baths-hot springs thing is like this. First, cover yourself in mud. Like your whole face, body, chest, everything. Let it dry and then wash off in the showers or if you’re feeling adventurous, in the river. The water is cold so be prepared but it feels so good!
Once you wash all the mud off, then jump into the hot springs and relax! There were only two pools for the hot springs but they are right over a river so you are surrounded by nature. I loved the hot springs at Guachipelin since it’s right next to a river. Soaking in natural hot water while listening to the river running is so soothing and relaxing.
After the hot springs, you’ll feel SO relaxed and ready to go home. We stayed about 1 hour at the hot springs, any more than that and I was ready to fall asleep!
This is one of our favorite tours in Costa Rica since you get a little bit of everything in this tour: excitement, adrenaline and relaxation. It’s one of the best ways to experience the dry tropical forests of Guanacaste.
Guachipelin Tour Companies
If you want to do this tour and need transportation, you can contact us to book the tour. Please include the date of tour, how many adults and children and pick up location. We can also make reservations for you if you have your own transportation.
Tours from Playas del Coco/Ocotal/Hermosa/Panama
It is about a 1 hour drive from Coco to Guachipelin.
Tours from Tamarindo/Conchal/Flamingo
It is about a 1 hour and 20 minute drive from Tamarindo to Guachipelin.
Many tour companies will require a minimum of 2 or 3 people to do the Guachipelin one day tour.
What to Know About the Hacienda Guachipelin Adventure Tour
- Hiking sandals are the best shoes to wear for this tour. You can go from water to land easily, your feet can breathe and it won’t be uncomfortable if they get wet compared to wearing socks. Closed toed shoes are mandatory during the white water tubing.
- You can bring a camera but only a waterproof action camera that you can attach. GoPro are the best and safest options. Just make sure to bring the mount to attach it to the helmet.
- There are bathrooms and changing facilities at the main area and at the hot springs.
- Mosquito repellent and sunscreen are a must.
- The rappel/tarzan swing part is optional. You don’t have to do it if you don’t want to, the guide will ask you if you want to do it. If you don’t do it, you will wait for the rest of the group and then meet them at the last ziplines.
- Eat a good breakfast! You won’t have lunch until about 1 or 2 PM.
- You will need your own transportation to the hot springs. The hot springs are about a 10 minute drive from the activity center.
- Don’t lose the towels at the hot springs, they will charge you if you do.
If you want a similar tour but with a waterslide, you should go to Buena Vista. It also has ziplining, horseback riding, mud baths and hot springs.