After leaving the seaside of Costa Rica we wanted a couple of nights in the mountains and found this place online. It is about 1 3/4 hrs from Liberia. It was the highlight of our entire 2 week vacation! We got the "platnum package" which allowed for a 2 night stay, all meals, and 2 '1/2 day' attractions for 4. We were on a budget so selected the least expensive room they had that slept 4. The total cost was roughly $750, plus we tipped our guides and wait staff. The big common area in the reception/lodge in an open air deck like room with a huge tree growing up the middle and porches overlooking the incredible views with rocking chairs and picnic type tables, as well as couches etc. The adjacent dining room is very pretty, almost Tahitian in feel, also open air. Our room was very basic, one double bed, one set of bunk beds, no frills, but clean and had a/c, a small TV, new bath with shower, a wonderful front porch and incredible view of the mountains. Basically every spot on the vast property has an amazing view. Our room was next to the stable and it was nice to hear the horses coming and going. We were happy to have the upstairs of the building. (rm 10) We spoke to other guests who had the more expensive rooms and they said they were lovely but I didn't personally see them. There are only 10 rooms on the property, but many people who come do the activities are bused in for the day from nearby resorts. There is a very pretty smallish swimming pool that is refreshing, a nearby hammock to relax in, and many trails for exploring the property.
But the big attraction here is ADVENTURE! They have some of the most extensive ziplines in the country, and the founder and owner invented the breaking system that is now the standard for ziplines in costa rica, making the endeavor considerably safer than it was prior. The owners are a German couple who bought the property almost 20 years ago and built the place from scratch. We chose a 5 hour canopy tour, which started at 9am after a filling and tasty breakfast. You ride a horse in a group to the top of the mountain which took about an hour. (you can also opt for getting there in an open 4wd vehicle). The ride was very enjoyable, scenic and the horses were very well trained, well cared for and energetic. It was a lot of work for them as the terrain was often very steep and rocky. At the top you dismount, are offered some water and get fitted into your harness for the ziplines. As soon as you are off your horse, they turn around and immediately start trotting for home in a single file line with no assistance! One of the guides follows them back home. We were all amazed at how well the horses were trained.
Once in your harness you have a safety talk and demo and then its all downhill! And fast! There are 25 ziplines in all, and they follow a wide and flowing mountain stream over 11 waterfalls. It is one of the prettiest places I have been. At the halfway point they stop and you have an opportunity to swim in one of the waterfall swimming holes, jumping off rocks into the clear cold deep water... Amazing fun and so refreshing. We were concerned when we learned there would be 20 people on our tour, because when we have ziplined in the states it took forever to get everyone thru and there was a ton of waiting. No so here. You literally zip from one to the next, sometimes with a short walk to the next platform, but there is very little waiting and never a dull moment. At one point you cross the river over a long narrow rope bridge which was awesome. Some of the zips you are actually rappelling as they are too steep to ride, but we never felt scared or unsafe. The ziplines are exhilarating and exciting, and I had to keep reminding my kids and husband to make sure to remember to take in the scenery! At the bottom, luxury tourist vans from the resort were waiting to take us the short distance back to the hotel. Without exception, everyone in our group of all different ages and sizes absolutely loved this day. There was a large team of very knowledgable and friendly guides every step of the way.
We then had lunch (you had a choice of beef, chicken or fish, all very good) and our afternoon activity was an ATV tour (for which you have to be 12). We were given the option by our wonderful guide Walter to take the fast way or the scenic way on foot and we were happy that we chose the scenic way. As we walked thru the forest he pointed out many plants and fruit and nut trees, of which we sampled many. We then arrived at an extensive ATV 'course' that has trails, jumps, bumps, bridges and different obstacles to navigate. My boys have always wanted to drive an ATV so this was a great opportunity to try it in a contained environment. They had a ball. I actually flipped my ATV by going around a sharp bank too slow (I'd never ridden one before) but I scrambled out of the way and wasn't hurt. But it did make me nervous. My kids just thought I was a baddass. Our guide did tell us that they used to offer a 4 hr ATV tour out in the mountains but that it was simply too dangerous with so many beginners so they built the course instead, which covers 4 fields and you go from one to the next behind the guide for a few rounds, then he lets you go on your own. It was an hour tour and that was plenty long for me.
The ultimate adventure, the do not miss at any cost thrill, was the SUPERMAN zipline, which we chose to do after dark. For an additional $15 each, my sons and I went with one other couple to do this activity. We harnessed up before dinner, took the open 4wd jeep (the scariest part of the entire trip was that short ride!) up to the platform and were strapped into this line from our backs instead of our fronts as is the norm. You are then face down and they put your legs info harnesses behind you so you are literally in a superman flying position and off you go. This is the longest of all the zips and it goes over a valley in front of the lodge. My husband who sat this one out because he had some work on his computer to do, was sitting on the veranda of the restaurant and heard us screaming (in a good way) as we flew past down below. It was truly a breathtaking experience and the closest a human will ever come to flying. And because it was at night so you couldn't see the line or the platforms it was especially amazing. They also offer this during the day, but whenever you do it, make sure you do it!! As each of my kids said at the end of this amazing day: this was the best day of my life!!
One activity which we didn't have time to try was a high ropes course, but I wish we could've fit it in but we had an early flight the next day. We did play on the low ropes course and the huge climbing wall and trampoline and took a swim. The staff was very friendly and accommodating, the guides were fun and very well trained, and many spoke English. They wore cute uniforms of red pants and caps with vista golfo t-shirts and are very well turned out and easy to spot. The food is good, some of it excellent. (They only thing we didn't like were the desserts). The dining pace is slow, which is true in Costa Rica in general and takes a while to get used to, but is ultimately relaxing and a nice change of pace from our culture.
Obviously I recommend this place without reservations for anyone who is looking for an adventure while in costa rica. One last thing I found in general about this, our first, visit to this country: The roads are not well marked and people don't give good directions at all to get anywhere. Get a good map!! Try to do a google map or some such to get from place to place. We had wished we brought our GPS, but wasn't sure if it would work there. We got lost quite a few times and almost missed our return flight out of San Jose because the airport and car rental return were not easy to find. Give yourself extra time to get anywhere!
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