We came to Costa Rica for the outdoor adventures, and we did several, but this was the ultimate! We've done ziplines in other countries, but this one surpassed every other one on every level.
The adventure park is a bit of a drive from where we were staying in Puntarenas, but it was well worth it. There are several tours there to choose from. We chose the one that seems to be the most popular - horseback ride and 25 cables over waterfalls. I'm not sure I even have the words to describe how wonderful this tour was, and it was by far our best experience for our entire trip to Costa Rica.
We have done horseback riding in many places, and we also did a horseback riding tour in another part of Costa Rica (near Quepos). This was an excellent operation, run very professionally, with lovely, well trained horses. We had a rather quiet, slow ride up the mountain through the forest, which was a nice way to enjoy the beautiful views. There were some nervous non-riders with us, and the guides did a great job of helping them. We didn't have any opportunities to gallup, but that seems to be normal around here for horseback riding tours, as it was the same in Quepos. The horses were a small, friendly breed, so even the people who had never been on horses before felt comfortable.
The horseback tour took less than an hour, and then we started the zip lines. This was the most fun we had on our entire trip! The lines take you right over the huge rushing waterfalls! There are two places where you go rappelling over the falls, and a rest stop where you get to swim in the most refreshing pool under a waterfall. The guides are so well trained, and take such good care of you, you never feel at risk at all.
We've done zipline tours before, but nothing came even close to this place in terms of the safety, the fun, the friendliness and competence of the guides, and the beauty of the surroundings. I would highly recommend this place to anyone visiting Costa Rica.
We did not stay at the hotel, but we ate in the restaurant and the meal was the best we had for our entire stay in Costa Rica. We were staying at an all-inclusive where the food was just mediocre so this was a real treat for us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Adventure Park and Hotel Vista Golfo is a gateway to adventure in Costa Rica. The peaceful resort with a magnificent view over the Gulf of Nicoya offers a great source of outdoor entertainment. Its unique Waterfall Canopy Tour over 11 Waterfalls is the attraction for adventure loving people. A second Canopy Tour includes one of the longest cables in Costa Rica,an ATV- Funpark, Horseback riding and the only High- Ropes Course in Costa Rica complete the range. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Adventure Park And Hotel Vista Golfo Costa Rica/Miramar