Rio Celeste, Hotel B&B Bijagua de Upala

Birdwatching Lodge
Volcanos Tenorio & Miravalles - Costa Rica

Volcano Tenorio National Park and Rio Celeste

Hike in the rainforest, where the lush jungle hides an extraordinary fauna that fears you. You will see there a confluent of two crystal clear rivers which by a chemical reaction gives the water its light blue color. Don't miss its blue lagoon, its bubbling spot with sulphuric gases, its spectacular panoramic view and its imposing waterfall. Please note that it is strongly forbidden to swim in the Park. Bilingual guides are available (contact us).

Driving time: 35 minutes - Activity: 3 to 4 hours
Entrance fee pp: $10 - Difficulty: Medium

Tubing in Rio Celeste

Enjoy descending one of the most beautiful rivers in the world. The tubing experience is a cocktail made of the adrenaline of the rapids, the pleasure in observing the tropical forest from the quiet waters and the surprise of discovering a great variety of reptiles, birds and mammals. The temperature of the water is ideal for this activity. Transport, guide, lunch and snack are included in the rate.

Driving time: 60 minutes - Activity: 4 hours
Rate pp: $45 - Difficulty: NO

Kayaking Caño Blanco & Caño Negro

Two of the most beautiful wetlands throughout the Northland of Costa Rica, come together in this paradisiacal place of exceptional beauty, we paddle along the Blue River to observe several species of animals such as spider monkeys, white-face monkey, howler monkeys, iguanas and Caiman, but also visit Caño blanco freshwater mangroves, unique in the area and a place with an impressive scenic beauty; time passes while we observe birds on the flooded forest and discover gaps and sites that still look unexplored. The transport, guide, lunch and snack are included in the rate.

Driving time: 60 minutes - Activity: 6 hours
Rate pp: $65 - Difficulty: NO

Horse Cart and Sugar Cane

After walking the blue river. Wilson and his Horse cart will be waiting for you at the entrance of the park. You will go through the small village, passing by breathtaking viewpoints on the Northern Plains, Lake Nicaragua and the Volcano Arenal. At the Trapiche you will extract juice from the sugar cane and learn about processing sugar while tasting several snacks. Possibility to order excellent lunches and cocktails. Finally, Horse cart back to the Park entrance where your car is waiting for you.

Activity: 2:30 hours
Tarif pp: $20 - Difficulty: No

Horseback Riding and a swim in the blue river

After Rio Celeste on your own, meet your guide around 1 p.m. at the Posada Amistad where a nice traditional lunch will be served by a family well known for their wide smiles. The ride will bring you though open fields, trails and forest till the blue river outside of the Park. There, swimming is allowed. This tour is also combined with wildlife observation. Satisfaction guaranteed, bring enough batteries for your camera.

Driving time: 3 minutes from Park entrance - Activity: 3 hours
Rate pp: $45 - Difficulty: Medium

Hanging Bridges and Trails - At "Las Heliconias" Lodge

On the West side of Volcano Tenorio, between 2,100' and 2,700', in the canopy of the tropical rainforest you will cross three safe and impressive hanging bridges. The trail winds between majestic trees of which the famous and endemic "Jicaro danto" Its fruit is the favourite food of the tapir (Tapirus bairdii), a big mammal that lives there among many other wild species. You also can extend the hike climbing till the "Danta Lake". Guide available on site, a restaurant as well.

Driving time: 15 minutes - Activity: 2 hours
Entrance fee pp: $17 - Difficulty: 2/10

Night Tour

The Tour begins with the owner (speaks only Spanish) a little before dark. Or you can hire an English speaking guide (contact us with enough anticipation!). They will make you discover amphibians, reptiles, insects, mammals and nocturnal birds. A lot of memories to tell your children or grandchildren !

Driving time: 5 minutes - Activity: 2-3 hours
Entrance fee pp: $8 + optional guide $45 up to 4 people - Difficulty: NO

The Silk Cotton or Ceiba Tree

At its foot, you will be amazed and impressed by this centenarian. Some say it is more than six hundred years old. The circumference at its base measures 100 feet but the most surprising is that you won't discover it before being at 30 feet from it. This wonder hides not very far from Bijagua Center. Local guide included.

Driving time: 10 minutes - Activity: 1:30 hours
Entrance fee pp: $5 - Difficulty: NO

Agro-Ecological Farm "Finca Verde"

In Bijagua, discover a real oasis. The farm's owners abandoned all chemicals some 18 years ago. This latter explains that there, you will discover: How they breed butterflies, their ornamental plants, medical and aromatic plants, Red Eyed Frogs, Sloths, Birds but also: Organic Coffee, Bananas and Plantains... An easy walk with the owners. They will transmit you their knowledge and passion of nature - Guide included.

Driving time: 10 minutes - Activity: 2 hours (Tours at 8, 10, 12, 14 & 16:00)
Rate pp: $10 - Difficulty: Zero

Asociation Between Volcanos"

Prepare and cook corn flour ring-shaped patties, Peach Palm snacks or the "Traditional Tamal" (cornmeal, meat and vegetable wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in boiling water on the wooden fire). Taste the association's products, drink old-fashion made coffee. For everybody, even with bad weather conditions! From Monday to Friday at 4 pm.
To be reserved before 12m.d.

Driving time: 15 minutes - Activity: 2 hours
Entrance fee pp: $8 - Difficulty: NO

Adventure Trail in the Volcano Miravalles National Park

You will pass first through the wonderful property of the "Ecological Hostel Bijagua Falls". After having walked through their wonderful gardens you will pass through large clearings and finally arrive at the true Park entrance. From there you will climb up the Bijagua valley in the dense forest, you will cross two adjacent valleys and arrive at the Bijagua river that you must cross with care to recover the hidden path between rocks of the opposite bank. Further, "the award-surprise" waits for you. To venture further and higher, you will have to hire a guide (Contact us).

Driving time: 10 minutes - Activity: 4 hours
Entrance fee: $8 - Difficulty: Medium-Hard

Horseback Riding, Discover Bijagua

Horseback riding with little walks, you will discover Bijagua, the nature that surrounds us, its high biodiversity, picturesque spots and impressive panoramas. Visit the authentic village of Bijagua with another angle of view. Our bilingual guides (Spanish + English) put at ease novice riders while satisfying the most experienced. They also make you see the architecture, culture and agriculture. They will introduce you to the bird watching. They will show you the farm animals and you will enjoy the fruits of the season. Departure from our grounds. Naturalist guide included in the rate.

Driving time: 0 minutes - Activity: 3 hours
Rate pp: $50 - Difficulty: NO

Birds Dormitory "Las Nubes"

From November to May at sunset hundreds of birds converge to spend the night in a tree. Majority of them are cattle egrets but also White Egrets, Blue Herons, Cormorants, Kingfishers and Jacanas. Stay even longer at night, more birds will arrive in an impressive concert. For early birds be sure to get there at dawn to see them fly away!

Driving time: 10 minutes - Activity: 1 1/2 hours
Rate pp: $ 8 - Difficulty: NO

Rafting on Tenorio River

This white waters rafting permits little nature and wildlife observation. But in the rapids or jumping the 12 ft. drop (Class V) you will feel other great sensations and your adrenalin will rise up. Transports, guide, lunch and snack included.

Driving time: 30 minutes - Activity: 6 hours
Rate pp: $95 - Difficulty: Class III & IV
Rate pp as from January 1st, 2015: $115

Floating on Corobicí River

Floating down the Corobici River is a unique adventure. Our experienced guides will let you enjoy this awesome adventure, pointing for you the tropical flora and fauna along this quiet river. Rate includes transport, guides, snack and lunch.

Driving time: 30 minutes - Activity: 4 hours
Rate pp: $55 - Difficulty: Class I and II (Very easy)
Rate pp as from January 1, 2015: $ 65

Wildlife Rescue Shelter Las Pumas

It looks like a zoo but it is not one. They welcome wounded or mistreated animals the cure them and prepare them to reintegrate in nature. Your visit will help the foundation and of course the nature !

Driving time: 35 minutes - Activity: 1 hour
Rate pp: $10 - Difficulty: No

Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge

Following a scenic itinerary and if weather permits, you will see 4 volcanoes at a time then reach this welcoming village. There you will navigate during two exciting hours on the "Rio Frio" and on flooded areas searching for crocodiles, caimans, turtles and iguanas. You also will be delighted by seeing an incredible amount of birds of many species. Then, no problem if you want hike more on your own around. Captain and local guide included.

Driving time: 90 minutes - Activity: 2 hours
Rate: $60 for 1 to 4 + $10 pp entrance fee - Difficulty: NO

Volcanic Activities - Volcano Miravalles - Las Hornillas

After an out of beaten road around Volcano Miravalles and crossing 54 rivers, discover all the volcanic activities in a magical site. Experiment the volcanic and therapeutic mud, the hot and cold water Jacuzzis. Take a trip in a truck pulled by a tractor or horseback ride till the nearby forest. Cross three spectacular hanging bridges and walk deeper in the jungle to discover amazing waterfalls. Guides and Lunch included.

Driving time: 90 minutes - Activity: 4 hours
Rate pp: $55 - Difficulty: Medium-Low

Palo Verde National Park

This park was established in 1978 and covers more than 43,000 acres. It is an important wetland bordered to the east by the Rio Tempisque. You will mainly travel by car but there are many walking trails. Some will lead you to the edge of the flooded areas or others in the dry tropical forest. Do not miss the "La Roca" trail with its magnificent panorama. This park is one of those where we see the most mammals in a day. Some birds migrate from here to Caño Negro and back following the climate. Great advantage: only a few visitors visit this jewel, enjoy it! We recommend bringing a lunch box, some fruit and drinks.

Driving Time: 90 minutes - Activity: 4 hours
Rate pp: $10 - Difficulty: Easy

Waterfall Llanos de Cortez

This waterfall is a hidden treasure of the Guanacaste Province you should not miss if you are around! There is a big parking space and the hike to the waterfall takes less than 5 minutes. It has a beautiful pond with white sands and swimming is safe. The waterfall is about 66 feet high and about 130 feet wide. There is a contribution fee to visit the waterfall, however, this is a great way to help the Llanos del Cortéz Local School while enjoying one of great nature places of Guanacaste!.

Driving time: 90 minutes - Activity: As long as you want !
Contribution: $0-10 - Difficulty: No

Even more:

For Confirmed Mountain Hikers

1 Day Tour to Volcano Tenorio Summit
Minimum 2 nights stay
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Mountain Bikes Tours

Several Options
Also combined with Hikes
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