What to do in Guanacaste
Enjoy the most complete an amazing eco adventure in Costa Rica
At Buena Vista del Rincón you and your family can experience the natural beauty of Guanacaste's tropical forest through the sky, a unique Costa Rican adventure filled with adrenaline either with our canopy tours or our amazing hanging bridges. On Buena Vista's trails, you can visit the beautiful Salitral Waterfall, you can also experience our famous 420 meters long waterslide located in the jungle or just relax at our natural hot springs... all of these activities are experienced within the primary tropical forest (in the foothills of the Rincón de La Vieja National Park), which throughout the year conserves its greenness, filled with flora and fauna, and always accompanied with the easygoing and warm personnel that come from nearby communities.
El Saino Natural Reserve Hiking
Natural Reserve El Saíno, is a wonderful and dense semi-humid tropical forest considered and extension of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park ecosystem. All the adventure and relaxation activities are developed within this forest.
Hanging Bridges Los Higuerones
Experience from the heights
The best option for all those that enjoy the Costa Rican tropical rainforest walking at a height maximum of 20 meters. The route has a duration of 1 hour going through 16 bridges within the Natural Reserve El Saíno in which different flora and fauna species can be observed.
The reserve has an extensive network of trails for visitors of all ages. The variety of wild life comprises birds, insects, mammals and reptiles, as well as a number of tree and plant species. Trail hikes can take from 15 minutes to 2 hours or more according to the physical condition or choice.
Rincón de la Vieja is one of the favorite areas for bird lovers, because it houses a significant number of the 850 species that exist in Costa Rica. In our surroundings there is variety of birds that enchant with their plumage and melodies. The walk includes hanging bridges and trails (from 1 to 2 hours).
A 30-minute walk through the tropical forest, passing through a beautiful waterfall to continue to the hot springs. Crystalline thermal waters of our spa flows from here and important rivers and streams are born in the heart of the tropical forest.
Cataratas Azufrada, Tobogán & Salitral
This ride is made on horseback (2 ½ hours) or walking (3-4 hours) in the green forest on the slopes of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano. As you take the tour you can see birds and animals, pass through a sulfur mine, a small natural water slide with a pond to take a dip, and a spectacular waterfall.
Live experiences full of adrenaline and enjoyment in the Natural Reserve El Saíno.
Las Pavas Zip Line Canopy Tour
13 platforms and 10 cables with a system of brakes based on a suspension-based braking system that offers 100% security. An experience gliding through the top of the trees of the tropical forest were you can observe a great diversity of flora and fauna.
For the more adventurous, dare to enjoy the extreme section of the canopy which comprises 7 additional cables with distances of 125 to 425 meters of long, with heights of approximately 50 to 150 meters. In the ride you will have the opportunity to relax and take some pictures of the Gulf of Papagayo, Rincón de la Vieja Volcano massif, as well as the San Roque, Cañas Dulces and los Bastones Hills and in the rainy season see the beautiful view of the waterfall “El Cañón”.
Extreme Zip Line & Tarzan Swing
A free fall, suspended of a height of approximately 50 meters and turning into a real swing that will allow you to be at the height of the treetops.
Canopy and Tarzan: Children from 3 to 6 years old must do the tour in the company of a guide. Children older than 7 years old can do the tour by themselves.
The Jungle Water Slide
An experience completely refreshing sliding down the largest water slide of Costa Rica within the mountain. 425 meters of pure adventure, full of adrenaline and emotion in the middle of the tropical forest. All this under safety regulations and the necessary equipment. Minimum age; 6 years old.
Forest, rivers and beautiful views
Towards the Rincón de la Vieja natural hot springs: a tour of 3 kms (1,8 miles), 35 minutes enjoying the forest and its surroundings, passing through rivers and views of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, plains of Guanacaste and production alternative energies; wind energy and geothermal.
Towards the 3 waterfalls: a tour of 2 ½ hours through the forest observing flora and fauna. You will visit the “azufrada”, the second is a natural water slide where you can take a dip, and the third one is a great waterfall for photography fans.
Güipipía Gourmet Coffee
An entertaining interactive learning about coffee. Listening and watching an expert that will talk about traditional coffee growing, from the sowing of the seed, harvest, collection, drying and roasting of the bean, until quality is reached, knowing step by step how the “Golden Bean” is produced, as the coffee is called in Costa Rica, recognized worldwide for its high quality.
Our Güipipía coffee is exquisite. We are a roaster that ensures the quality of the golden bean that characterizes Costa Rica.
National roasting, coffee tasting and barista experts have trained our staff achieving that our roasting profiles result in a very high quality gourmet product. The visitors can taste and take home specialty coffee of Tarrazú and Valle Occidental, and high quality coffee of Guanacaste (Monteverde).
La Fonda (Traditional Cuisine)
Kitchen of the cattle ranches that fed the sabaneros.
A journey through the gastronomy from Guanacaste, essential part of the Chorotega and Spanish cultural heritage. Known the roots and forms of celebration, based on indigenous and catholic religious syncretism and the development of mestizo-criollo foods of exquisite flavor of indigenous, Spanish and African influence. Learn how to “nixquezar” and grind the corn an ancestral technique in the processing of the grain to elaborate delicious tortillas accompanied with “cheese curd”, a traditional artisan cheese prepared with the milking of the day. Also, the use of tools that are present since pre-Columbian times, such as the “jícaros” to eat or store food, clay jars, clay skillet and the use of plantain leaves or corn husk. Here you can taste traditional products from corn cooked in the clay oven; “rosquillas”, “tanelas”, patties filled with smoked cheese, sour cream and sugar, homemade bread and milk caramel accompanied of fresh poured coffee or “agua dulce” from the Sugar Mill.
Guaro, sweets and mucho more come from the cane!
You will experience the natural history and cultivation of sugar cane, showing the artisan process of extracting the juice and the preparation of the traditional “sugarcane”. In the Sugar Mill, the main character is the grinding mill (artisan process to extract the juice of the sugar cane), the “Matanga” is the gigantic ox that moves the “Sugar Mill” (mechanic grinder) to crush the cane and is this way extract the liquid that is boiled to a temperature higher to 1000 degrees C° in a traditional iron pan. The molasses (a thick syrup of cane candy) is put into wooden molds and when they cool they solidify in a round form known popularly as “tapa de dulce” (brown sugar) and obtain in this way the brown sugar 100% natural; raw material for the elaboration of many recipes of traditional gastronomy that sweeten the palate and give energy.
Chorotega Crafts, unique at a national and Central American level with a denomination of origin.
A craftsman of the Chorotega culture of the village of Santa Cruz will show you ancient potter making techniques of pre-Columbian style, inherited from ancestors and preserved from generation to generation. The Chorotegas are one of the main indigenous cultures in Costa Rica. All the village of Guatil is dedicated to the commerce of pottery using the area´s clay and creating an economic system that supports the inhabitants of the village; a place full of tradition and art, captures in their clay pots, jugs, vases and other gouras representing love, power, beauty, the sun and the god.
Dairy Farm (Milking Parlor)
Join our “sabaneros” from our farm and be part of the artisan milking which provides the milk for the coffee, curd cheese, yogurt, cheese, milk caramel and sour cream, among other consumer products in the hotel.
The haciendas incorporated in the raising of cattle and dairy cattle new products in their dishes with the arriving of the Spaniards. The “curd cheese” stands out as a white cheese made with fresh milk in a form of a gem and of granular texture handcrafted which is eaten with corn tortilla.
Feel every pore of your skin opening to relaxation in the middle of the Costa Rican tropical forest, being well treated by our spa professionals. Enjoy a relaxing spa treatment surrounded by nature and then relax in one of our natural hot spring pools.