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The sunny province of Guanacaste Costa Rica is home to this eco-lodge, which is just 15 minutes from the Las Pailas entrance to Rincón de la Vieja National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage site). The closest city is Liberia, which is just 35 minutes away, with the small town of Curubande only 5 minutes away. Hacienda Guachipelin offers 79 ranch-style rooms, with views of their beautiful hacienda gardens and Rincón de la Vieja Volcano in the background.

Costa Rica has been described as the happiest country on earth, and with Hacienda Guachipelin nestled in a unique dry tropical forest with active volcanoes, this is sure to live up to those expectations. There are 3 rivers that flow through the land, creating waterfalls, natural springs, and other unique environmental factors.

Their story

Since as early as the 1880s, this land had been a thriving ranchland range, but it was in 1975 when two generations of the Batalla family decided to dedicate themselves to this ranch to keep that legacy alive. It was always known to locals that this area held special healing powers, with its volcanic mud, activities, waterfalls, forests, and wildlife, and in 1982 “The Lonely Planet” mentioned that people should be visiting here, and they did.

In the remote area of Costa Rica back then, roads were minimal, so travel was time-consuming. The family found guests knocking on their door, kindly asking to stay the night before exploring the park the following morning. The Batalla family jumped at the opportunity to open a few guest rooms, which soon multiplied into the beautiful Hacienda Guachipelin hotel they have today. The park today sees over 70,000 people annually who wish to escape to this tropical dry forest. Read more about them here.

Sustainability actions

Lowest impact construction and operation

High level of energy efficiency

Pioneer in waste management

Fully organic and chemical-free operation

Actively protects nature and community

Most Popular Activities near Hacienda Guachipelin

  • Horseback riding
  • Waterfall rappelling and canyoning tour
  • River tubing
  • Mountain biking
  • Zip-lining
  • Cowboy for a day tour
  • Bird-watching tours to see many of the 20 Costa Rican birds.
  • Yoga at sunrise or sunset

READ ON36 Eco-friendly Things to Do in Costa Rica (From A to Z)

Best time to visit Hacienda Guachipelin

  • The humidity in Costa Rica is high all year around. 
  • To avoid the rainy season, plan your visit outside May-June and September-October. 
  • If you want to enjoy this place the sunniest it can be, visit in March or December.
  • Smaller showers or thunderstorms can be expected all year around, so please be prepared.

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