Diverse terrain, a wealth of outdoor
attractions and a splash of turquoise Pacific
waters make Costa Rica’s cowboy country
an ideal backdrop for family adventure.
Family Adventure in
By Michele Peterson
WRITER AND GRANDSON SOAK IN A THERMAL POOL
AT BUENA VISTA LODGE & ADVENTURE CENTER
FALL 2018 | Ultimate Family Vacations
Ultimate Family Vacations | FALL 2018
READY TO GO WATER SLIDING AT
BUENA VISTA LODGE & ADVENTURE CENTER
BEAUTIFUL HIDDEN BEACH IN THE LUSH GUANACASTE REGION
As we traverse a narrow trail through old-growth
forest, our horses’ hooves slide on loose rocks
sending pebbles cascading down a slope into the
creek below. I eye a handy-looking vine in case
my horse takes a tumble.
“Don’t worry,” says our guide, who rides as
though born to the saddle, “Our horses are part
Costarricense de Paso
– a mix of Andalusian
and Peruvian Paso – making them more agile
and braver than other breeds.”
My 10-year-old grandson and I are horseback
riding on a jungle trail near Rincón de la Vieja
Volcano National Park, a protected area in the
province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica located 30
kilometres from Liberia. Along with two other
families with budding biologists in their mix,
we’re looking forward to a full day of wildlife
encounters and active adventure.
While Costa Rica is best known for its humid
tropical jungles, among its many different
ecosystems is the unique Area de Conservación
Guanacaste in the country’s northwest corner.
Forming a bridge between dry lowland forest and
lush rainforest, it provides a protected corridor for
species to migrate along and is recognized by
UNESCO for its biodiversity.
It also happens to be the heart of cowboy country.
One of Costa Rica’s first regions to be conquered
by the Spaniards, it has preserved many colonial
traditions such as rodeos, folkloric dances and
Our base for explorations is Dreams Las Mareas
Resort & Spa Costa Rica. AMResorts’ first resort in
Central America, the 447-suite resort is located on
a remote stretch of Costa Rica’s northern coastline.
Our multigenerational group of families had spent
the first few days watching curious white-nosed
coati tiptoe by our string of connected swim-out
suites and listening to howler monkeys roar from
the treetops. Along the shoreline of El Jobo beach,
the kids scouted for marine discoveries in tidal
pools serving as natural aquariums for purple
starfish, hermit crabs and sea urchins.