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“Highly professional, educational, and exciting - good for all” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Viejo Wetlands

El Viejo Wetlands
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Austin, Texas
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54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Highly professional, educational, and exciting - good for all”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

We did the zip line and boat tour, followed by lunch, and it was the perfect mix of adrenaline excitement and nature education for our young children (5 and 7). The zip line is incredibly safe, and even younger kids can participate with a guide or parent. It's just the right length and the views are spectactular. Our same guide then accompanied us on the Rio Tempisque boat tour, where we saw crocodiles, monkeys, iguanas, so many kinds of birds I lost count. Lunch was tasty and served very efficiently in the restored historic home original to the property. We were not able to stay for the historical part of the tour that included discussion of life in the sabana in prior days as well as sugar-making demonstration, but we will return another time! I was also pleased to see that they have options for people who are not able or do not prefer to take the boat ride or other type of tour - they do have a motorized vehicle tour that allows folks to see the nature without getting into boats or on horses. A wonderful outing and one we will remember always!

If traveling with young children, make sure you discuss in advance bathroom availability and when you will have access to your "stuff" to get snacks. I made the mistake of leaving my kiddos' snacks in the car, and one of them got super cranky on the boat ride due to hunger. Fortunately another (more well prepared) set of parents shared theirs and everyone survived!

Visited November 2012
2 Thank LauraMAustin
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Bay City, Michigan
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“Great day!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2012

We spent the day at El Viejo Wetlands and thoroghly enjoyed ourselves. Our guide was Kevin and he was very knowledgeable and personable. We did the zipline/canopy tour and it was very safe with 2 lines. We took the boat tour and saw tons of crocodiles, birds and iguanas. Had a delicious lunch at the hacienda and heard about the history of the property and saw the demonstration of sugar made from sugar cane. We would highly recommend this tour.

Visited February 2012
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San Francisco, California
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54 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“A wonderful day trip from Guanacaste beaches incl adventure & learning.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2011

We stayed at the JW Marriott near Tamarindo (approx 1 hour from El Viejo.) Our guide Kevin & driver Alejandro picked us up & stayed with us all day. They were both very friendly, knowledgeable & very easy going. Didn't mind taking us thru Tamarindo on the way back to do some shopping & stop for a few groceries. Everyone on the El Viejo property was lovely & the place is very well maintained. Everyone (incl the kids ages 6-11) loved the boat ride where we saw croc's, monkeys, iguanas & many types of birds. Arturo, our naturalist guide, was very well informed & great with the kids. Our meal at the lovely Casona was delicious & beautifully served. The zip lining experience was 1st rate and, with dual cables, we felt very safe. The tour of the sugar mill was educational & fun. It was a long day (8am till after 5) so we came home tired but happy! Highly recommend for a day in Guanacaste.

Visited August 2011
2 Thank Eileen D
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