Today, we are further afield, opting for a full-day eco-tour
to the Rincón de la Vieja National Park area, available for
participants aged six and up. The horseback ride is an
immersion into the region’s diverse microclimates. Beneath
a towering tree canopy, as we climb the vine-draped hills,
the air becomes much cooler than it had been in the
sun-baked corral at the start of our adventure.
Our first stop is a natural hot spring in the middle of the
jungle. Hot mud bubbles out of a volcanic geyser and
we slather ourselves with the thick, mineral-rich paste
discovering it to be surprisingly soothing to the skin.
Holding my face to the sun until the red mud dries into
a grey mask offers a boost of purifying wellness.
Rinsing off beneath an outdoor rain shower, we then explore
a series of steaming volcanic thermal pools. We soak in
the warm effervescent waters as blue morpho and brilliant
emerald malachite butterflies flit above us.
Heading back toward Buena Vista restaurant, we immerse
ourselves in Guanacaste culture at La Fonda, a recreation
of a traditional hacienda kitchen. Locals demonstrate how
to use clay ovens and
(griddles) to make cornbread
and handmade tortillas of maize. The kids are fascinated to
learn how generations of indigenous Chorotega artisans
have crafted pottery featuring intricate designs.
Fuelled by a hearty lunch of stewed chicken,
(rice and beans), farm cheese from the town Turrialba, mugs
of organic coffee brewed in a chorreador (a traditional Costa
Rican coffee maker) and kid-friendly
juice), we head to our next adventure, a 12-zip line circuit and
As we walk toward the platforms, we spot capuchin monkeys,
crested caracara birds and towering
trees. The forest silence is punctuated by deep growls from
the tree canopy above. “Howler monkeys,” says our guide as
he leads the way. “They’re everywhere here.”
Soon, we’re gliding along the zip line circuit. Featuring seven
cables with lengths from 90 metres to 425 metres, I glimpse
a sea of clouds and then a waterfall cascading through
emerald cliffs. “I just saw a toucan!” whoops my grandson
as he glides to an easy landing on the platform.
Next up, is a 426-metre water slide where participants rocket
through a winding chute filled with cool water to plunge into
a rainforest pool. It’s an exhilarating, refreshing way to wrap up
a full day of outdoor adventure.
Back at the resort, a night hike beckons. Although it’s tempting
to imagine encountering tapirs and opossums on a quiet
forest trail, we opt to enjoy a folkloric performance of the
, a traditional Costa Rican dance where
young girls twirl in beribboned dresses while courted by
young men in cowboy hats.
Designed with families in mind, the theme night with
communal tables under the stars is an ideal setting for
trading tales of the day’s adventures.
ZIP-LINING IS A THRILLING WAY TO EXPERIENCE COSTA RICA'S RAINFOREST
MAKING COFFEE IN A COSTA RICAN CHORREADOR ©MICHELE PETERSON
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