Here’s one action packed day full of all the adventures you want to do when you come to Costa Rica: Horseback Riding, Zip Lining, Rappelling, Rock Climbing, Whitewater tubing, and last but not least relaxing in the hot springs complete with volcanic mud bath!
Typically the fun starts with a horseback ride along winding back roads to give you the feel of the Guanacaste countryside. The order of events may change depending on current conditions but you’ll be doing all of the activities. At Canyon Lodge you will meet your bilingual guides who will help match you with a horse according to your ability level. With guides in front and behind the group, the trained horses will lead you into the picturesque Pacific lowlands where you can admire a close up view of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. Horses are still used for transportation in some rural areas, many of which are in the Guanacaste province. And every town has an annual rodeo complete with dancing horses. You’ll be truly experiencing a part of Costa Rican culture as you ride your caballo along the meandering trails.
After horseback riding, you’ll hike up into the forest canopy along walking trails to the first zip line platform. Here your guides will go over safety procedures and zip line instructions before helping you strap on your harness. Once you are hooked onto the first steel cable you’ll zip over the treetops taking in the magnificent views below. At each platform your guides will meet you to transfer you to the next cable. You’ll be zipping on 7 cables and landing on 17 platforms crossing the dramatic Colorado River canyon.
Next you’ll have the opportunity to rappel down the canyon wall to the beautiful Colorado River. Your guides will fit you into rappelling gear and explain the safety systems which include a stationary cable secured into the canyon wall. In addition the guides will use a belay rope to control your safety at all times. You’ll work your way down the canyon slope getting a close up view of its interesting geological features. Once you are at the river you can rest a bit before using the natural canyon wall to rock climb your way back up again!
You’ll be ready for a delicious buffet lunch at Canyon Lodge after your morning activities so you can refuel your energy reserves for the fun yet to come. On your next adventure you’ll actually be in the Colorado River getting your next adrenaline rush.
Leaving lunch you’ll go to the banks of the Colorado River where you’ll get suited up complete with helmets to do a whitewater zip through exciting class ll and class lll rapids. You’ll be paired with either a specialized whitewater tube or a high tech inflatable whitewater ducky. Duckies are one or two person kayaks designed specifically for use in river rapids. You’ll be on the water for approximately one hour or an hour and a half before leaving the river on your way to your last big event of the day.
Ahhh, the hot springs! Time to relax those bulging muscles in the hot mineral waters flowing from the nearby volcano. You’ll immerse yourself in the soothing hot springs flowing through the natural grottos at Canyon Lodge. If you want you can cover yourself with rich volcanic mud actually cleansing your skin!
Round trip air conditioned transportation is included from the areas of: Flamingo, Papagayo, Riu and Tamarindo. Depending on traffic conditions, one way transport can take between 1 and 2 hours. Also included in this tour are the professional bilingual guides, all safety and sports equipment, lunch, water, fruit juice and entrance fee. This is a moderately difficult level activity so participants should be in good physical shape.