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Buena Vista Lodge & Adventure
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Buena Vista Lodge and Adventure Center from Guanacaste
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Owner description: Buena Vista is a cattle raising Hacienda that changed part of its activity to dedicate itself to ecologic tourism in a rustic environment conserving the idiosyncrasy and culture of the zone. It is located 31kms from Liberia and it borders with the National Park Rincón de la Vieja. It has an area of approximately 2,000 acres, 1,400 of which are intended to regenerate the forest and where adventure activities take place, always protecting the environment. The remaining 600 acres are dedicated to cattle raising and the ranch produces the majority of the products that the Lodge consumes.
Reviewed May 29, 2012

Done the horseback riding to three waterfalls and after that spent a few hours in the hot springs. Was very nice. Beautiful trip by horse with magnificent views of surrounding nature. You can swim in the natural pool of the second waterfall. Also, the hot springs are beautifully situated in the middle of the jungle. These are less commercial than other hot springs: locker and towels free of charge, sauna and mudbath included, low pricing.
Still, some improvements can be made: our guide during the ride was very kind, but didn't speak English. Before going horseback riding an introduction and instructions would be necessary in my opinion, but neither of both were given

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Reviewed March 28, 2012

We arrived and were immediately offered cold pineapple and mango juice as we checked in. We were sent out on leisurely horseback ride, which stopped for a brief hike to view a waterfall and suspension bridge. Then back on horse back to natural sauna, hot springs and mud bath. From there we went on their inner tube water slide that was a wild and fast ride down. Our pre-teen children would race back uphill to ride it again. The operator of waterslide was able to regulate amount of water released to 'push' rider down slide at slow, medium, or fast speeds. I noticed even much younger children than ours were able to go down slide with this water regulation. Beware that all females are given essentailly a 'leather string bikini bottom' to tie/ wear over your swimsuit for ride down the water slide. It certainly isn't attractive but deemed necessary for protection of female on water ride. After changing we had a typical Costa Rican buffet. While eating we could see coaqui (unique furry mammals) thru window roaming outside in courtyard. We then went on to do zip line. My husband and I both remarked at the safety on zipline. We had been on a previous tour another trip and it did not have near the safety features this operation did. There was always a secondary safety line which ran parallel to the main zip line going from every point to point. Our family of four had two guides on zip line; one always went before us and then the other guide took the last ride, essentially nestling our family in the middle. we also noted the guide who went first was able to operate an emergency brake system should it be needed to slow a rider down. While on the canopy zipline we saw monkeys and several beautiful birds. The adventure tour company also sold action photos of you from water slide and zip line at the end of the day, much like an amusement park would after getting off of the roller coaster. We did not feel as if we were herded though like cattle, despite it being peak season and spring break. Essentially, all inclusive although bar drinks and soft drinks are extra at thermal spa and at lunch. Water and fresh juice was included, meal paid for when we purchased actual tour. Private lockers were available at stops for no additional charge and changing rooms were clean and available where needed. Traveler tip: This place has thermal pools and volcanic MUD baths do not wear white swimsuit and expect it to come out looking the same. Would recommend as all 6+ hour all-day adventuresome activity. Bring sunscreen and bug spray.

3  Thank Trekker-Traveler
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Reviewed March 23, 2012

I had booked this day through Pacific Trade Winds travel company. It was very difficult to find, as we rented a car and actually went back to the rental car company and rented a GPS because we could not find the place.

The day itself is very nice! There are locker rooms and bathrooms at each of the attractions, so you can easily change and lock up your belongings (free of charge). You start the day off with ziplining. There were quite a few people in the zipline group, but they had over 5 guides helping people, so they kept the group moving along. They only let you go upside-down on the last line. It was a bit buggy, so be sure to put on bug spray before you get started.

Next you go to the waterslide, that goes through the jungle. It was ok, but just a waterslide, nothing special about.

Lunch was delicious: chicken, potatoes, rice, beans, veggies. My boyfriend who is a very picky eater ( like a 5 year old), went very hungry as he said the chicken was very boney, and he didn't like the other foods offered. Keep that in mind if you are bringing the kids.

After lunch we went horse back riding to the "springs." The ride was nice, as we finished lunch early so we had our own guide ride us down to th springs. He was very nice and took pictures of us. We did feel very bad for the horses, as they are not like those in the US. The ones around Costa Rica (at least during the dry season when we went) look anorexic. The horses looked very tired and actually tripped a couple times when walking.

The springs/spa experience is not how it was advertised. It's basically 2 outdoor hot tubs at different temperatures and a sauna. The volcanic mud is in a bowl off to the side behind the sauna (we only found where it was because someone else told us). You apply the mud yourself then wash it off right away in the shower. It was very relaxing, but again, BRING BUGSPRAY!! There were monkeys high in the trees over head, which was fun to watch as we relaxed!

Overall, we felt it was a great value for the price ($90/person/8 hour/ 4 activities and lunch).

4  Thank Kerbearzz
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Reviewed March 13, 2012

Booked the "Extreme Combo" for my wife, mother-in-law (64) and kids (7,9, 10). We did this on our own not thru a tour guide, we like to free lance our excursions. The facility and grounds were beautiful and well maintained. The staff were all, without exception, friendly and accommodating. This was our first experience with a canopy tour so we don't have anything to compare, but this place was top notch, and we all would highly recommend it. Doing it on our own gave us lots of flexibly on times and also allowed us to be carved out as our own little group. We were not bunched in with a bus load of other tourist (with the exception of the spa and water slide). The "extreme combo" included longer zip lines, OMG, and a Tarzan a swing, wow!!!

Book it and enjoy,
Mike Shive

Thank mmshunter
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Reviewed March 4, 2012

We visited the Buena Vista Lodge while on a day trip from our hotel. We had an amazing time. The zipline was fun and a great way to see a different view of the forest. We also did the horseback ride to the mud bath and mineral spas. While we enjoyed it, there were 30 people in our group and at times the inexperienced riders in our group created possible dangerous situations. For the most part the guides were able to resolve the situation, but I think they should consider splitting up groups when there are more than 15-20 riders without experience.

The mud bath and mineral spa was a great way to end the day - very relaxing and so nice to just take a minute and enjoy the scenery.

Lunch was also fantastic and used food they were able to grow on site for the soup and really excellent rice and beans. It was nice to have a traditional Costa Rican lunch. Bring a bit of cash if you want to buy a beer or coke, otherwise they serve juice and water. Also if you buy pictures from the zipline or waterslide, it is easier to pay in cash, but they do take credit card for that as well.

Thank KDallas11
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