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Hacienda Guachipelin
Montreal
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80 reviews
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“Wonderful - want to go back!”
Reviewed 16 March 2012

The Hacienda Guachipelin is a great destination for nature lovers. Can be very active with hikes and horseback riding, and can also find peace and relaxation. My son and I arrived w/o a vehicle; the Hacienda provides transportation to various parts of the park for hikes as well as to their own hot springs on the Rio Negro, and to the Symbiosis Spa. Massages are available at the hot springs and the Spa and can be arranged in your room, too. Bring US cash with you - you'll need it for Park admission (kids pay less) and if you want a massage or to get into the Symbiosis Spa. Wish we could have stayed longer and taken advantage of their guided hikes/horseback rides. Enjoyed the all-day 'adventure' deal - TONS of fun, with time for getting changed as needed (horseback riding to tubing, for ex) and free lockers. Grounds and rooms are lovely. With all the windows (with screens!) we never needed the AC, just the ceiling fan. The buffet was good, but rather forces you to pay more than most places - but then again, the level of staffing required for everything to be as lovely and as well-maintained as it is does take $$. Don't miss seeing the volcanic 'action' in the Park!!

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jose b, Manager at Hacienda Guachipelin, responded to this review, 19 March 2012
Hello, thanks very much for your comments, we feel glad you enjoyed all our activities, we try to satisfy people from all ages and likes. For us is very nice to hear that you had a good time, please come back soon, it will be a pleasure for us.
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Levis, Canada
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Reviewed 12 March 2012

very conveniently located, this hacienda is a must for exploring Rincon de la Vieja and the surroundings. clean, wll organized, with amazing fauna and flora around. Recommended.

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jose b, Manager at Hacienda Guachipelin, responded to this review, 17 March 2012
Thank you very much for your comments the staff of the Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin feels very proud in making costumers happy. And yes the location to visit the park is very convenient. Hope to see you and your family soon back with us.
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 10 March 2012

In February of 2012 I had the opportunity to hike up the Rincon de la veija volcano. I went with Adventure Tours. The staff were very helpful with my booking. The guides name was Cesar, he was very knowledgeable about the volcanco,plants and animals. The hike is not easy[16km. return,7-8hrs],but most defintely worth it. Highly recommend it, and ask for Cesar as your guide.

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jose b, Manager at Hacienda Guachipelin, responded to this review, 12 March 2012
Thanks very much for your comments, we feel glad you enjoyed Rincón de la Vieja National park from Hacienda Guachipelin. We hope to see you back soon.
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Reviewed 10 March 2012

Guanacaste is a hotter drier area than much of the rest of the traditional tourist circuit of Costa Rica, but Hacienda Guachelpin is a wonderful green oasis in this lovely National Park. The resort accommodation bounds a lovely garden with tall trees and flowering shrubs that are greatly attractive to colourful birds. Parrots, toucans, trogons and lively wrens are the highlights here. From the restaurant there is an ever changing scene below with horses and cattle being herded in by horsemen, and more birds; motmots or squirrel cuckoos likely to call by. From here it is a short drive to the hiking trails in the Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja. Paths lead among tall forest trees to the steam vents and mud pools that make the volcanic landscape famous. The pool, the restaurant, the staff all help to make a stay here such a memorable experience.

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jose b, Manager at Hacienda Guachipelin, responded to this review, 12 March 2012
Hi, I see you like birds, I am glad you could see a great deal of them, they truly are beautiful and they can easily be seen at the hotel gardens or at the national park which is very close. We hope to see you soon back with us.
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Reviewed 9 March 2012

This place is just cool! The grounds are beautiful. It is a working ranch, so keep that in mind. It's very close to the entrance to the National Park. The road in is not the best, but that's Costa Rica. Go with it - it's part of the charm of the country. You can make it without a 4x4. Staff was very nice, rooms are very large and clean. The food is just ok. Pick up some snacks in Liberia before you venture up the dirt road. There is a lot to do on the grounds of the hotel as well as taking great hikes into Rincon de la Vieja.

Room Tip: Unless you love the smell of a working ranch, ask for a room away from the stables.
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jose b, Manager at Hacienda Guachipelin, responded to this review, 12 March 2012
Hello friends, thank you very much for the time to write this comment , I can se you captured perfectly what Hacienda Guachipelin really is, a working ranch, for people that loves animals and you get to share with them very close, very close to the entrance to the park, and yes, very good advice of enjoying the bad roads that takes you to nice places, this roads don´t allow you to go fast so you can enjoy the panorama. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. We would like to see you back soon.
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Property: Hacienda Guachipelin
Address: Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja, Rincon de La Vieja 208-5010, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Rincon de La Vieja
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Rincon de La Vieja
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €
Hotel Class:3 star — Hacienda Guachipelin 3*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hacienda Guachipelin is a comfortable hotel with 54 rooms, each with private bathroom and hot water. The best Costa Rican ecotourism lodge for adventure travel and nature lovers, located at the entrance of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park. This is the most visited National Park in Guanacaste. For the adventurer, there are many activities like horseback riding, the Canyon canopy tour, Rio Negro Tubing, canyoneering, bird watching, as well as trekking to the crater of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. Free transportation to the National Park and the hot springs. ... more   less 
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