Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

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Must see · Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
Discover a lush tropical paradise in a family-owned sustainable refuge at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. Several guided tours, both overland and along the river, offer a great way to observe the local wildlife. Take the boat tour and see iguanas, crocodiles, and capuchin monkeys in their natural habitat, or get active and embark on a bicycle tour winding through dry forest, ripario forest, and lagoon. You can also learn more about sugar cane production and local indigenous history on the cultural tour. All tours include fresh fruits, tea, coffee, and other snacks. Browse through handmade jewelry at the cultural center; your purchase helps artisans from poor communities. To find out how to plan a trip to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • We drove in and did the boat, lunch and cultural tour. It was very much worth every penny. Each of our guides were so knowledgeable - we saw so many monkeys, crocodiles, birds, and iguanas on the...  more »
  • What a glorious day! We were offered fruit & juice before our river cruise. Once aboard, our boat captain took us close to crocodiles, iguanas, osprey, monkeys, and herons. Up close and personal with....  more »
  • We had a great experience on our last day in Costa Rica at Hacienda el Viejo. Our nature guide Richard, Rum experience host Roberto and Cultural experience hosts, Tono and Victoria were attentive...  more »
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  • We really liked the history behind this place. We loved seeing the process of making sugar cane syrup. we also thought it was neat how they showed us the process of making tortillas. The food was good but not exceptional. And that's why I only received four stars. If you love history though it is really worth the experience.
  • We enjoyed ourself here. The spot was a bit hard to get to as the dirt road was a bit far. Highly recommend taking the tour here instead of driving there yourself unless you have an SUV. We were lucky enough to get on a private boat tour and enjoyed looking at wildlife. We caught white-faced monkeys, iguanas and lots of different birds. We also enjoyed the buffet here was yummy. It was nice to relax here while surrounded by lush forest.
  • It's a must see adventure. The wildlife was bountiful and we're here in almost 100F degrees. Left our hotel at 730am. Just got back and it's almost 2pm. Zero complaints. Nexus tour guide Ira was amazing. She was very knowledgeable and helpful. My pictures posted are only from my phone. When I get back home I will upload from my camera. Howler monkeys, white faced monkeys, 3 species of kingfisher birds, 3 herons, and of course crocodiles, iguana, and Jesus Christ lizards. Much much more.
  • The staff were great but our 9AM boat tour which is already too late in the day didn't start until 10. I thought it was over priced for what we saw on the tour compared to other boat tours we've done for less money.
  • Wonderful staff. Enjoyed the presentation on sugar cane processing. Beautiful grounds. Delicious food.

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