El Chocoyero Waterfall & Nature Hike
Enjoy a guided hike through a lush tropical Nature Preserve, where you may see howler monkeys; white-faced capuchin monkeys; sloths; “tigrillos” (leopardus tigrinus oncilla); white-tailed deer; all manner of flora and fauna; as many as 113 species of birds and up to 21 species of reptiles. You may be lucky enough to hold a beautiful green tree frog, (Agalychnis callidryas), in your hands –the Hacienda’s mascot!
Please note that this hike requires a moderate degree of physical ability. The Hacienda’s complimentary Lunch is served at noon daily and this tour departs at approximately 2:00 PM, (precise departure time depends on sunset). After an hour-long drive, (the last 20 minutes through a vast pineapple plantation), you will arrive at El Chocoyero Nature Reserve. Our English-speaking Guide and a Park Ranger will lead you through the tropical nature preserve. The first part of the guided hike culminates at sunset, at El Chocoyero Waterfall, where you will witness hundreds of Pacific Green Parrots returning to their idyllic nesting grounds located behind the waterfall . After contemplating the waterfall and witnessing this beautiful ingress of birds, you will then hike for an additional 40 minutes after sunset to exit the Nature Preserve. Along the route back to the Hacienda from El Chocoyero Nature Reserve, we will stop in the picturesque hilltop town of San Marcos, for a lovely dinner and drinks in that town’s popular café, “La Casona.” (The price of food and refreshments are not included in the price of this tour).
Clothing suggestions: Please wear good walking/hiking shoes, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a hat. As you will be hiking through a tropical jungle, it is important that you wear and bring a good quality mosquito repellent (with DEET) and a good quality sunscreen from your own country.
Tour Duration: 6 hours
Tour includes: Transportation from Hacienda Puerta del Cielo to El Chocoyero Nature Reserve. entrance fees & Park Guide. This is a guided tour.
Departs by: 2:00 PM returns about 9:30 PM. Dinner away. (Please note that the cost of food and drinks are not included in the price of any of our excursions).
Returns after dinner: 9:30/10:00 PM
Cost: US$109.00/one person touring alone; US$79.00/per person (in a tour group of 2); US$69.00/per person (in a tour group of 3 or more)