Sensoria Land of Senses

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Sensoria Land of Senses
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8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Sensoria is one of the best gateaway to a Rainforest in Rincon de la Vieja in Guanacaste. Sensoria is located, as the last farm that neighbors Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. The tour last from 3.5 to 4 hours, walking thru a prestine rainforest, and you can swimming in blue waterfalls and in three thermal pools. You can climb to our Observatory Tree Platform, where, if you conditions allow see the Volcano, the majestic rainforest and lake of Nicaragua. Your senses would be integrated to most beautiful places of Costa Rica's nature. Sensoria is sorounded by Rincon de la Vieja National Park, which was declare World Heritage. because has 3.9% of the wild life of the planet. In Sensoria we would show you with our Ipads, what animals croos Sensoria and the National park, we have eight trap cameras inside the forest. Sensoria has an investigation program with the help o the National Universiy of Costa Rica with its Program "Jaguar". In sensoria yous senses would enjoy the beauty of our jungles. We would provide you: welcome drink, a brief introduction to Costa Ricas's rainforest, walking sticks, water (bring bottle), fruits on the blue waterfalls, peronal guide, that would take care of you and your family, acces to the observatory platform and lunch. Only few groups are allowed per day. Only with prior reservation is admited. Call our reservation phone of ask your concierge to take you to ths fantastic place. Sensoria 'Land of Senses".
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Toronto, Canada30 contributions
Sensoria is in a rainforest, so be prepared for wet weather including having a change of clothing and appropriate footwear. The hiking can be a bit slippery when wet. The blue color of the water is still there, but it is less dramatic when it is raining.

It is designed to be toured by small groups with a guide, but to keep the area largely wild and untouched. This makes it different from other places near Rincon de la Vieja which host larger groups with more activities. The main activity is hiking, which can be strenuous, with opportunities to swim at the waterfall and 3 warm pools. Since there is a lot of untouched land, animals may not be easily seen.
Written January 7, 2020
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Dear ChayaKagal, We appreciate your comments and we are very motivated to know that you have enjoyed this wonderful and unique environment. We hope you visit us again and come to enjoy a wild nature that capriciously surprises us daily. Best regards, Sensoria
Written January 13, 2020
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Melissa M
Atlanta, GA71 contributions
Amazing day hike in the rain forest full of animals, waterfalls, and new friends. The guide was very knowledgeable about the plants and animals and was an expert at taking photos of the participants. The tour wrapped with a delicious lunch and video about the preserve. From where we stayed at the Westin on Playa Conchal - this was a 12 hour outing including transportation to and from the rain forest. They make plenty of stops for facilities and one for a nice breakfast at a local bakery.
Written January 5, 2020
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Dear Clozehard, It is an honor to know that with your experience in Sensoria you have fallen in love with a country as beautiful as ours. We are very grateful for your words and it will be a pleasure to see you again soon enjoying a unique natural environment. Thank you very much for choosing us, Sensoria
Written January 7, 2020
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Booked through Amresorts, we spent a full day at Sensoria, near Volcano Vieja. Our guide, Lawrence, was amazing. He knew absolutely everything about the area. Very knowledgeable, talkative, funny and friendly. We loved the treehouse above the rainforest canopy. We also saw the falls, swam in the pools and finished in an amazing thermal pool. After the tour we enjoyed lunch and learned about local wildlife. The 2 hour ride to and from was great to see the country and people away from the resort. Highly recommend.
Written March 9, 2021
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Info S
Thank you for visiting Sensoria, we are very glad that Lawrence was your nature guide. We have very good reviews of him. Very glad you enjoy our property. Thank you for you comment.
Written April 12, 2021
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Charlie C
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Absolutely incredible experience. Sensoria is a truly special place, where you hike from waterfall to waterfall, hot spring to spring, encountering truly beautiful sights at every step of the way. Our guide, Joaquin, was extremely knowledgeable and kind, and I can’t recommend him enough. And the other very special part about Sensoria is the privacy — it’s a reserve so you have almost the entire place to yourself. We never shared any spring or waterfall with more than 1 other family. And the food is delicious! Enjoy your trip!!
Written February 20, 2022
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Info S
We are very happy you enjoy Sensoria so much. Joaquin is one our best guides, and he knows very well the secets behind the magical rainforest. Our secert is to made a special place to all our visitors. Thank you for visiting us, hope to see you in a near future.
Written February 21, 2022
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Alan Connell
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Let me start by saying this is the real Costa Rica rain forest experience! We were guided by Joaquim, who was knowledgeable, friendly, and passionate about preserving Costa Rica. We learned about the forest, swam in 4 waterfalls, and climbed up onto a platform to see Rinco de la Vieja. Afterward, we had lunch at the lodge and watched a video of the wildlife living there. All in all, a wonderful day!
Written January 24, 2020
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Dear Alconnell, For Sensoria Land it is a great pleasure to know that you have enjoyed the experience so much and that you have found it an experience in the midst of a free and lively nature. It is great to know that you have breathed the pure air that surrounds us and that renews us every day. For us it is important that our visitors not only enjoy the environment, but learn from it so that they are part of this important mission that we have to take care of our environment. We hope you choose us again in the future, Sensoria
Written January 27, 2020
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Adam Y
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Absolutely fantastic and unique experience. Our guide Joaquin made our guided hike feel truly special. He was extremely knowledgable and passionate about his environment. The three volcanic-fed pools we got to swim in near the end of the hike were so relaxing. The arroz con pollo at the end of the hike was super delicious, too. Do not miss out on this experience!
Written November 17, 2021
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Info S
Hi Adam. Thank you for visiting Sensoria. Our guides are the best in Costa Rica, concerning to rainforest. Joaquin has been very well trained, as well his studies concerning to a tropical forest. Nice to hear you enjoy swimming in our natural thermal pools, as well as the food we served in the Casona. Thank you for your comment. Hope you can come back to Costa Rica.
Written January 4, 2022
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Lori S
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This excursion was absolutely incredible. Great hike through the rainforest and our guides, Marvin and Joaquin, were so nice and knowledgeable. They went out of their way to make sure that the experience was extra special for us and that we saw lots of wildlife along the way. Highly recommend this tour, it is a nature lovers dream come true. They keep up the trails very well to make the hike easy.
Written August 8, 2021
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Info S
Hi G387. Thank you for visitng Sensoria. Very nice you enjoy su much with our professional guide Joaquin, and Marvin. We always tray to make a special day to all our visitor. Thank for comming to Costa Rica. Hope you can come back soon. Thanks for the comment.
Written January 4, 2022
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Deborah K
Orangeville, Ontario, Canada281 contributions
We booked this tour from Secrets Resort through Amstar who used Swiss Travel. Everyone was super friendly.

We left our hotel at 8am on a shuttle that took us just outside of Liberia where we transferred onto a medium size bus with a total of 16 people. I believe their max is 16-18 for this tour.

The tour was 10 Hours in total. 8am to 6pm. We knew going in that it was a long drive, (about 6 hours of driving in total) but also knew that if we wanted to see Sloths on our visit to Costa Rica, this was pretty much the closest/shortest tour we could find to see them. In addition to taking a break from the intense heat of the Guanacaste area, my primary motivation was to see sloths in the Rainforest. Almost all other wild life like monkeys, crocodiles and iguanas can be seen on Palo Verde Boat Tour...which is a an absolute must do tour!!!

We stopped about an hour into the drive for a morning snack at a small town bakery. This was nice at the time, the baked goods were very good as was the coffee but I would have preferred to spend more time at Sensoria, make a quick pit stop and have our snack on the bus. Or another hour or so added onto the tour. We were stopped for about a 1/2 hour.

A fruit snack was also provided half way through hike, and ended with lunch.

A short time before arriving at Sensoria a tour bus ahead of us had stopped to view a sloth that we also stopped for thankfully! We got really lucky...this Sloth three toed was quite active, not a common occurrence. (see photo) Most often you can watch them for along time before they move if at all.

Upon arrival we were given instructions that we would be divided into 2 groups and all had to sign a waiver before beginning. This wasted time, wish they had done this on the bus or before tour began.

We were offered rain ponchos, walking sticks and told Sensoria provides one towel per couple that our tour guides carry for us. So you can leave hike as light as possible you can leave everything you like behind in a secure locker. There are changing rooms showers and bathrooms there all good and clean. I would recommend being ready to go as soon as possible with bathing suits already on and request going with the first group. You see the animals first if any, and you are done first allowing you to change out of your wet clothing, enjoy your lunch, watch the video and do a little shopping if you like.

The hike itself was nice, beautiful vegetation and waterfalls but I felt very rushed to keep up as well as time at the end.

It was also a little intimidating when you think of all the creatures that live in the forest. Do listen to your guide and stay in the middle of the trail and watch where you are going! Do not use the trees to support yourself when going up or down the stairs. You just don't know what deadly things will be there. They tell you that if bitten by poisonous anything, you need help within 3 hours, it takes 3 1/2 hours to get you help. Be careful.

In the rain forest, we saw eyelash viper snakes, howler monkeys and two sloths (monkeys and sloths were very high up). Don't expect to see birds, if you do you're very lucky, they are generally visible road side or very, very high up in the canopy.

For lunch you were offered your choice of Chicken, Fish or Vegetarian wraps. I had vegetarian wrap - hummus and mixed veggies, my husband had the chicken wrap with mixed veggies surrounded with a plate full of chips. With the humidity the chips lost their crunch a different side would have been better. More than enough food.

Key Things We Learned:
- Sloths thrive in the rainforest where the temperatures are cooler, sightings are rare on the hot dry areas of Costa Rica, don't let those selling tours tell you otherwise. You pretty much have to do a full day tour to the rainforest to see them.

- On this tour you cross the continental divide, very cool to experience the difference in climate from one area to the other

- This hike is quite challenging. Anyone with health concerns or not in good shape, should probably not do this tour. 400 - 600 (depending on your guide) steps up and down and at a fairly brisk pace. Also one hour of the drive, there and back is very rough unpaved road. Very bumpy!

- You will need bug spray! I wore pants on the hike as I commonly get bug bites which I was glad I did. I used bug spray at the start of the hike but wish I had re-applied after getting out of the water as I still got tons of bites after swimming and having lunch. :(

- If you want to photograph the monkeys and sloths in the forest you need a good zoom lenses (and plastic bag for your camera) The sloths and howler monkeys we saw were up pretty high. Yes it did RAIN!!! Our guide reminded us many time before arriving, we are going to a "RAIN" forest. I believe he said they get over 8 feet of rain annually in this area.

- Take a change of clothing. Sensoria supplies walking sticks and heavy rain ponchos but we chose to get wet rather than being hot wearing them. I tried but it was too hot and my glasses kept steaming up. We got soaked so an extra change of clothes is a must for the bus ride back. Lockers are also available so you don't have to carry everything on your hike.

- Hiking shoes are a must (no open toed shoes), water shoes would have been beneficial as the rocks getting into the first waterfall were hard on the feet, I didn't go in but saw others struggling. The thermal pool toward the end has steps going down so easier and warmer than the first. This one I did go in, it was nice, warm and refreshing. Ten minutes from the main house. Our group was only given the option to go into 2 pools, in retrospect there wasn't time for more the way it was organized.

- If you are being divided into 2 groups be ready first and request to go in the first group you have a bit more time for lunch etc.

- If you enjoy shopping the gift shop is small but has a few nice things. Be sure to bring enough cash. Their credit card machine could not get a strong enough signal, we didnt have enough cash to get what we wanted. :(

If you are expecting to see tons of wild life I would not recommend this tour.
If you want a break from the heat and to see lush rain forest this tour may be for you. Just know it is rather rushed through the hike and at the end.

Some birds were spotted road side by another tour bus, our guide said they flew away, not true, many saw them still there. Staying on schedule was more important to them I guess. If we were on a private tour, we would have stopped and actually seen some toucans.

So as you have read, I have mixed feelings about this tour.
Perhaps my biggest recommendation is to do more research than we did before going to be sure this is the best tour for you. Your motivation for the trip will definitely influence our enjoyment of this tour.

I was really hoping to see more wild life and not have to work so darn hard for what we did see. It was definitely a work out! When I go back, I will definitely look for more wild life focused tours in the area and maybe try to find a place to stay overnight in the area so that most of the day is not spent on a bus.
Written April 20, 2017
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Connie F
Westminster, MD34 contributions
We started our adventure by being picked up at Villa Buena Onda by, Oscar, our tour guide. He introduced himself, told us this would be a private tour(cool), then proceeded to give us a little geography lesson showing us where we would be going by using a map at our villa. I found this very helpful as I like to learn about the places we are visiting.
Next, we took the 2 to 2 1/2 hour drive to Sensoria. On the way, Oscar was great at teaching us about about what we were driving past, stopping along the way to show us points of interest. At one point, he stopped off on the side of the road in Liberia showing us a manga tree and it's fruit telling us that mangas are larger than mangoes. He even gave us one telling us to keep it on our balcony for 3 days to ripen and then eat it. I thought that was very nice,and 3 days later we did have it...Yum!
Well, as we drove farther, you can definitely see the landscape changing from the arid Guanacaste/Liberia region to a more verdant and green landscape. We went through an area where there were wind turbines and saw incredible views from this point. We stopped here to take pics. We then stopped off in a small town at Marcella's bakery for a bano break and to purchase some fine pastries.
We went a little further and came to the entrance of Sensoria,a privately owned park that has been open to the public for just 3 years. Our guide told us that there used to be only 25 people allowed in a day, now that number has increased to about 50 I believe he said.
Our adventure started just a few feet into the forest with our guide, Oscar, in the front, my husband next, then me, then our non English speaking Sensoria guide. Our Sensoria guide directed us to a tree just one foot off the path with a venomous snake curled up on it. OK, now I know why we had to sign a waiver. This is not a zoo, but a real life natural rain forest with all the natural beauty and dangers associated with that reality( not that I was naive to think it was a zoo, but whoa....A bit scary. )
The path is about 2 feet wide, is mostly a dirt path, but sometimes there is a bridge, steep uneven steps, or a wooden walkway. Well, after the experience of viewing a venomous snake,we continued our journey while listening to the sounds of the jungle, walking past huge trees, and stopping occasionally for some information about what we were viewing from Oscar. Oscar was continuing to guide us on the path when all of a sudden my husband,who just in front of me said," there is a snake?". He pointed to a coiled up snake right on the path only 2 feet from him. Our guide turned around, gazing at the snake in disbelief and stated that this was a Ferdelance Snake, a highly venomous snake, a pit viper, that could kill you within an hour without antivenom. This freaked us all out. Even our Sensoria guide took pics of it. I was thinking, wow they must not see this snake often. My husband and I thanked God for His protection over us and our guide,Oscar since he had not seen it at all and could have easily stepped on it. This experience reminded us all of the brevity of life and how vital it is to have a personal relationship with Christ for one never knows when one might die. Oscar told us a bit later that you can die within the hour if you do not get the antivenom.
Well,we were all much more cautious of our footing after that as we cautiously, and slowly walked past the deadly snake by only a couple feet.
Next we came to an area with tall trees and our Sensoria guide pointed out a sloth high in the treetops. How cool!! I had been praying we would see a sloth and there he was...What a gift to behold!
The next thrilling adventures were the 2 amazing waterfalls we saw. The first one was tall with moss-laden rocks behind it spilling into a crystalline blue pool of water and down into a crystalline blue River. The colors were amazing. It looked the color of Windex. The sun was streaming down so it could not have looked more beautiful.
We came to another gorgeous crystalline blue waterfall where this time e we could swim in it. This was a dream come true for me and I enjoyed every minute. Oscar pointed out 2 One Day Flowers (orchids) blooming right by the waterfall. Another gift from God...To view these gorgeous white orchids with yellow centers that bloom but once and we got to see it!! Swimming in this cool clear water was invigorating! As I was swimming,a Blue Morpho Butterfly flew by. This a a huge bright blue butterfly. At this waterfall,our Sensoria guide gave us each a fruit cup and bottled water to refresh ourselves by the majestic waterfall. He also provided us with towels to dry off. How nice.
We hiked a bit further through the thick just for then came to a warm pool that we could swim in. The park system had dammed off a section to create this natural pool area which was perfect for wading. It was only about 15 minutes longer of a hike from the warm pool and we emerged out of the rainforest. On the way out, our Sensoria guide showed us a verdant green bird sitting on her nest in a bush just off the trail. It was a beautiful bird.
Well, after the hike,we could take showers(women's shower room was large with a toilet and sink with soap at the sink which I used to shower off with.) The men's shower room was much smaller per my husband and no soap. We were both provided towels.

After showering, we were led to our seat in the open air restaurant for lunch. We had a wonderful fruit laden refreshing drink and a very filling meal. Shortly after we started eating, a Sensoria rep invited us to view a video of the animals that were captured via hidden cameras within the park. The list was large but included: Jaguar, Puma and Tapir among many others. After the video and lunch, we were given some hot tea or coffee and a little sweet.
This day was amazing!! I thank God for His provision of viewing a sloth and beautiful waterfalls and for His protection over our group of 4 from the true hidden dangers in this gorgeous enviornment!!
Written April 29, 2017
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We visited Costa Rica in mid-June and did a few tours, all were great, however, our Sensoria trip was exceptional. We had a very knowledgeable guide as we drove to Sensoria as well as through the forest. We saw Macaw, Hollower Monkeys, White Faced Monkeys, huge butterflies, different insects, spiders and we were fortunate enough to see an Eye-lash Viper. Sensoria had a great walking path that was very maintained and groomed. We wore hiking boots, but it was not necessary - running shoes would be fine to wear. The waterfalls and pools were so cool, especially the thermal pool. The volcano just erupted a few days before our tour so we weren't able to access the entire park, but that did not lessen our trip. Lunch was great and filling.
Written June 23, 2017
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