Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
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08:00 - 17:00
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08:00 - 17:00
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Wednesday
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Rebecca M
Iowa19 contributions
Feb 2023 • Friends
Far and away one of the best tours in Costa Rica!! The property is pristine and has great views of the wetlands. Mariana was a great start to the tour, taking us through the property and explaining the history as well as how they process sugar cane. We then worked with a lovely lady who taught us how to make corn tortillas. It was so fun! Plus, we got to taste various uses of sugar cane along the way. Our last stop was rum making with Roberto. He is so knowledgeable about the entire process and makes it fun throughout the tour. At the end, you can make your own rum infused with various ingredients to take home. He was so great and even helped me come up with a creative name for my rum. I would do this all over again in a heartbeat!!
Written 3 February 2023
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BCaillier
West Fargo, ND50 contributions
Jan 2023 • Family
We had a great experience at the Hacienda el Viejo! The tour was very organized. We participated in the boat tour, lunch, and rum making experience. It was the perfect length. The boat tour was very interesting. We saw one white faced monkey, a family of howler monkeys, tons of crocodiles, and some interesting birds! Our guide was fantastic and took some great pictures of our family that he later shared with us through Instagram. The lunch was delicious and very relaxing. Our rum tour was interesting. It was nice to make our own rum at the end of the tour. The property was beautiful. This was a relaxing alternative to all the other busy activities we did!
Written 8 January 2023
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lesliejane55
Comox, Canada12 contributions
Dec 2022
We did the boat tour and it was over the top. The guide had excellent english and focused in on what we were interested in. We drove through the wetlands that are on the Hacienda El Viejo property. They were very interesting and we enjoyed it very much. The lunch served was very good. I would strongly recommend this place to visit.
Written 21 December 2022
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Cindy P
London, Canada31 contributions
Dec 2022
We had a wonderful full day at Hacienda El Viejo. The property was magnificent and we learnt a lot about CR culture. The boat tour was fantastic and we saw lots of wildlife on the tour. The food was also great, and we were treated so well. I would highly recommend this experience if visiting this area of Costs Rica.
Written 17 December 2022
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Getaway826636
3 contributions
Dec 2022 • Friends
What a fabulous tour! We did the full day tour with all 4 activities - rum tasting, boat tour, cultural tour, and lunch. All the staff and tour leaders were excellent. We had such a fun and enjoyable day. This is one of the highlights of our month long stay in Costa Rica.
Written 8 December 2022
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Griffin M
Houston, TX31 contributions
Nov 2022
This was one of the highlights of our CR trip. We did the full day tour and booked a driver through the Hacienda. It includes a cultural overview with tortilla making, the river boat tour (1 hour and great wildlife), lunch, and then rum tasting at the end which was really fun! Everyone had a great time and would be fun for any type of traveler. Highly recommend.
Written 28 November 2022
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RubySlippers
Maryland58 contributions
Aug 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here in August. The three of us (couple + teenage son) did the 4.5 hour package which included the boat tour, rum experience, lunch and cultural tour. In addition we added transportation from our lodgings at the coast. Every segment of this tour was seamless and conducted by friendly, knowledgeable tour guides. Our ride arrived promptly at our hotel with a comfortable van. We had a driver and a tour guide so the ride was filled with interesting conversation. When we arrived (just under an hour from the beach) we were treated to coffee and juices. Our guide then gave us a little more history of the Hacienda. Next, the boat tour, which included a driver and again our wonderful tour guide. We saw plenty of wildlife, including crocodiles and sleeping bats, which we had never seen before. Next up, the rum experience. Our tour was conducted by the rum specialist. So very interesting, highly recommend if you have the time (and likely wouldn’t take with little ones – our 15 year old found it very interesting too). We learned how sugar cane becomes rum. At the end we did some mixing and taste testing and bought a bottle of our own blend. Tip: You can take this back home to the states, just pack it in your checked suitcase, not carry on.
We enjoyed a delicious authentic Costa Rican lunch in the beautiful Hacienda. Our final tour was the cultural experience, where we learned how sugar case was processed in the olden days. We made/cooked our own corn tortillas and enjoyed some corn snacks and coffee. We took a few more photos, then our driver and tour guide took us back to our lodgings in time for an afternoon swim.

We were glad we chose the full experience. Each has something interesting to offer. There is a bit of time between each tour so it doesn’t feel rushed at all. We relaxed in the rocking chairs on the terrace while enjoying the nature! The Hacienda and grounds are well kept, the staff extremely nice. We highly recommend a visit!
Written 5 September 2022
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B. Taylor
Accord, NY8 contributions
Jul 2022
We had a traditional Central American lunch here after our boat ride into Palo Verde N.P. The food was scrumpcious. The grounds here are lovely, and the history interesting. We also saw howler monkeys here which we were unable to see on our wildlife boating tour.
Written 1 August 2022
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ESHCowen
8 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
What a fantastic tour!!! Daniel was friendly and very informative! Driving round the marshes we saw countless birds and mammals - including monkeys and herons. We then got to the boat tour which was one of the best experiences for a nature lover. We saw a couple of crocodiles regardless of conditions not being perfect to see them. This included a baby crocodile which we were so close to we could touch it.
The food afterwards was great too and in such a beautiful setting. True costa Rican dishes. Huge iguanas roamed the place. Would highly recommend this tour!!
Written 26 July 2022
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Lynn F
2 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
AMSTAR tour from Secrets in Guanacaste. It is okbut the end is a fly-covered tortilla taste AFTER you eat the main meal. THEY CHARGE YOU FOR ANY DRINKS!! We had soda and iced tea and they made us pay when the rest of the group had beer THEY should have paid for.THIS TOUR HAS RUM TASTE TESTING AND YOU BUY BOTTLES OF RUM THEY TELL YOU, YOU CAN TAKE HOME. THIS IS A LIE. The airport made us THROW THEM AWAY BEFORE LEAVING-LIBERIA. TOTAL WASTE of money.
Written 23 July 2022
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