Enjoy a perfect day tour in Guanacaste hiking in the Rincón de la Vieja National Park, horseback riding, and visiting the spectacular Oropendula Waterfall
Your tour begins at Hacienda Guachipelin hotel and ranch. From there, you will ride 45 minutes on forest trails to the Las Pailas entrance of the Rincon de la Vieja National Park. The Las Pailas area spectacularly shows off the awesome power of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, the largest and most active volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Steam and sulfur pour out of yellow and rust-colored ground at natural fumaroles. Clay and coffee-colored pools boil with hot volcanic water. Smooth gray volcanic mud bubbles and explodes in large pits. It’s an experience like no other volcano in Costa Rica.
With your bilingual naturalist guide, you will hike the Las Pailas loop trail 2.5 miles (3.5 km) through dry tropical forest. The park is home to more than 300 bird species, and other animals like armadillos, collared peccaries, iguanas, snakes, white-nosed coatis, and white-faced, howler and spider monkeys.
When you finish your hike, you’ll be ready for a swim in the Oropendola Waterfall, located near the national park entrance. The falls plunge an impressive 82 feet (25 meters) to a sparkling turquoise pool in the Rio Blanco (White River) canyon. Afterward, you will ride back to Hacienda Guachipelin (40 minutes).
All horseback rides follow mostly forest trails, with very little time on transited ranch roads. Tour participants must wear riding helmets.