48 hours in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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Enjoy the stunning Papagayo Gulf in the Guanacaste province. Known for its cattle industry and specatuclar beaches, the area is a major contributor to the country’s economic development. Guanacaste is the dryest region of Costa Rica, particularly around the coast. The land offers visitors natural and cultural richness, and it is also the source of the typical Costa Rican cuisine.

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Day 1


[accordion] [accordion_item title =”Morning and Afternoon” class=”acc-opened”] Rincon de La Vieja National Park Tour Rincón de la Vieja is one of the most active volcanoes in Costa Rica. A towering volcano with nine extraordinary eruption points; at over 6,200 feet high, it is part of the Guanacaste Mountain Range. The name Rincón de la Vieja, means “the old woman’s corner”. According to a local legend, the indigenous people named the volcano after an old witch who lived at the top of the mountain and sent columns of smoke into the air when she was angry.

It is a rigorous but spectacular, and breathtaking hike around the area of Las Pailas. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded to live within the park, like emerald tucanets, and long-tailed manakins. Amongst the numerous insects, you could count butterflies of the Morpho genus. Three different species of monkeys and other extraordinary animals also know this place as their home.

The Park protects the largest population of wild purple orchids (Guarianthe skinneri), which is Costa Rica’s National Flower. Twisted trees with many branches and epiphytes are also found here; some of them are Matapalos of the Ficus genus, Guanacaste trees, Jumbo Limbos and many other different and glorious species surrounded by magnificent transitional forests.

At these forests, the canopy reaches 132 feet in height. Along the hike, some 32 rivers rise out of this protected area, including the Colorado River and the Río Blanco, which carve through a white volcanic ash call ignimbrite. These rivers provide water to the Tempisque River, one of the most important in the province of Guanacaste.
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Day 2


[accordion] [accordion_item title =”Morning and Afternoon” class=”acc-opened”] White Water Rafting Tour: This is definitely a tour for adventurous people; a three-hour ride through the Tenorio River that will allow you to spot the wildlife and dense vegetation of the region. Along your ride, you will be able to see numerous birds, monkeys, and many other species that inhabit the riverbanks.

After a couple of hours of driving through scenic countryside roads, you will arrive to where all the action begins. From the starting point, you will embark on a journey that will get your adrenaline pumping and that will bring forth your love for adventure!

This experience will let you observe nature at its greatest expression, paddle down the river with old and new friends, work as a team to maneuver in the strong currents, and enjoy the amazing views.

Insider’s tips


[accordion_item title =”Where to stay in Guanacaste” class=”acc-opened”] Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa: Situated at the heart of a lush tropical paradise in Guanacaste, the All–Inclusive Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa is just a 20-minute drive from Liberia International Airport (LIR) and close to many Costa Rica attractions. The resort is surrounded by vibrant nature; iguanas, raccoons and crabs are commonly seen around the property. The touroperator, Swiss Travel, is ready to assist you with information and tour reservations to the best natural attractions in Guanacaste. Please contact them at counterhp@swisstravelcr.com
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