Once more today, we had the privilege of waking up in this majestic place on the Pacific side of the North Pacific tropical moist forest. We observed an active volcano and enjoyed ziplining, horseback riding, hiking on forest trails, and waterfalls with swimming holes. We observed this incredible tropical forest and some of its inhabitants, including monkeys, black iguanas, and tropical birds.
National Geographic Quest
Today was the third day of our trip, and we explored inland Costa Rica, specifically the Guanacaste province. Landing at the very popular Playas del Coco (beach), we took local buses up the mountain towards the day’s destination and headquarters, Hacienda Guachipelin. We chose from many different and exciting activities: zip lining, hiking, strolling, hot springs, waterfalls, or just chilling at the ranch. Each activity was sure to leave us content. Monkeys, birds, hot mud, hot water springs, and mud pots were amongst the day’s discoveries. In the morning hours, zip lining was a highlight. After a wonderful buffet of local food for lunch, many of us chose to go to the hacienda’s hot springs in the afternoon. The beautiful, clear blue waters of Rio Negro helped us relax after the hike. We returned to our home away from home with smiles on our faces in the late afternoon.