A day trip from Arenal to Riu Hotel

On Dec 4th, we were please to be part of Donna Souza´s trip and her family, a very friendly a nice people.

We started the adventure from SJO Airport going to Arenal Volcano. We made a nice tour at the Orchids Garden located in La Garita de Alajuela, about 30 minutes from the Airport. Donna is a Orchids specialist and she found different types of orchids. After the Orchids Garden, we went to visit the Poas Volcano. This visit was fabulous and the volcano let us see the crater. After lunch in one of the local restaurants (La Carreta) in the small town of Poas, we drove through the central mountain range and getting to La Fortuna town, the main city of Arenal Volcano.

Lake Arenal Donna and Mark at the Coffee Place Lake Arenal from Tilaran
Dec 8th, we met again at La Fortuna town to go to Riu Hotel. We started traveling at 9am driving around the Arenal Lake and with beautiful landscapes  

We were driving to Rincon de la Vieja National Park arriving to Hacienda Guachipelin at 1:00pm. The #1 road is under construction from Cañas town to Liberia so, we drove very careful.

Hacienda Guachipelin lunch at Hacienda Guachipelin Erick

As soon as we got to Hacienda Guachipelin a great buffet lunch was waiting for us and then we made the horse back riding to Oropendula waterfall, a beautiful waterfall colored in blues!

Horse back riding Hacienda Guachipelin Horse back riding Hacienda Guachipelin Horse back riding Hacienda Guachipelin

When we got to the Oroperndula Waterfall, we got amaze by the beauty of the surroundings. There are 2 rivers, one comes from the Rincon de la Vieja volcano carrying volcanic minerals and the other river is a pristine river. when both rivers join forming a light blue river...

oropendula Waterfall - Hacienda Guachipelin oropendula waterfall - Hacienda Guachipelin

After 2 hours in this natural paradise, we went to Rio Negro Hot Springs to take a mud bath and relaxing time at the springs.

Rio Negro Hot Springs Rio Negro Hot Spirngs - Hacienda Guachipelin mud bath

After a full day of activities at Rincon de la Vieja, finally we got to Riu Hotel, very tired, all wet but with a great experience in one of the nicest parks in Costa Rica!

Thanks to Donna, Mark and Barbara who hired our services to enjoy their trip through us!


Erick Hidalgo