Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
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  • Tiana H
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    AMAZING excursions
    My group did the full private tour; which included the safari boat ride, the cultural tour, and the rum experience. We had such an amazing time!! On the safari we saw howler monkeys, white faced monkeys, a number of crocodiles, bats, and various bird species. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the area and its wildlife!! The rum experience was also very engaging, as we learned about how the rum is made, and also got a chance to infuse our very own bottle with natural fruits and other herbs. The cultural tour gave us a glimpse into a traditional casita and also we had a chance to make our own tortillas by hand. The lunch they provided was amazing, the best Costa Rican food we had throughout our entire stay!! The staff were friendly, helpful, and had a wealth of knowledge to share with us about this beautiful hacienda! I give this excursion a 20/10, and highly recommend the full private experience, it is a must do!!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 July 2023
  • Kelly
    Washington DC, District of Columbia29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take home the rum!
    We had a wonderful boat ride, lunch and Rum tour! We enjoyed seeing the crocodiles, monkeys and many different types of birds during the morning boat ride. We had a delicious lunch of chicken, rice and beans, and vegetables followed by a lesson on how to make rum from sugar cane. We enjoyed rum tasting and adding different ingredients to personalize our drinks to each guests tastes. We ended up bringing home two bottle to enjoy when we get back to the US!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Sue D
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Guanacaste Experience!
    We wanted to share some great CR experiences with our visiting friends. We chose the combo of river trip, cultural and rum experiences. What a great day! Excellent staff and guides. It was a full day, but well paced. The lunch was delicious. Especially enjoyed the rum tasting room. The view over the wetlands is spectacular. Our friends loved it!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 December 2023
  • Lisa S
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Time! Thoroughly Enjoyed!
    This was an awesome excursion! We did the full combo excursion (rum tasting, boat tour, and cultural experience). Saw lots of white faced monkeys, crocodiles, bats, lots of birds on the boat tour! Rum tasting experience was excellent! And loved the food! Definitely worthwhile to take the time to learn more about the Costa Rician culture.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 February 2024
  • Bill B
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Saw A Croc Eat A Bird! Cooked a Corn Tortilla. Tasted CR’s ONLY Home-Grown Rum.
    We did the Cultural Tour, the Rum experience and the boat trip. What is unusual is the high calibre of guides for each experience. These are highly educated affable people who draw you in to their story. Just excellent all around. Done tours globally. These CR’s are first rate.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 March 2024
  • Victoria H
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic trip
    We had an amazing time, saw lots of wildlife, the monkeys in particular were a great find. Daniel our guide was very informative, kind, friendly, funny and very good at engaging the kids. The lunch that followed was delicious along with fresh juice and locally produced beer. The whole experience from start to finish was brilliant, the staff were attentive, it was clean and well organised, a highlight of our trip.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 April 2024
  • smcdaniel221
    Hughesville, Maryland17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful full day experience on one location!
    We did the full day pass and had a wonderful experience. We did the river cruise, rum tour and tasting, brewery tour and tasting, cultural tour and lunch. We found all of the guides to be extremely knowledgeable and engaging. My husband and I learned a great deal and of course really enjoyed the tastings! We will definitely take family here when they visit us from the United States.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 June 2024
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smcdaniel221
Hughesville, MD17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We did the full day pass and had a wonderful experience. We did the river cruise, rum tour and tasting, brewery tour and tasting, cultural tour and lunch. We found all of the guides to be extremely knowledgeable and engaging. My husband and I learned a great deal and of course really enjoyed the tastings! We will definitely take family here when they visit us from the United States.
Written 19 June 2024
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Victoria H
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We had an amazing time, saw lots of wildlife, the monkeys in particular were a great find.

Daniel our guide was very informative, kind, friendly, funny and very good at engaging the kids.

The lunch that followed was delicious along with fresh juice and locally produced beer.

The whole experience from start to finish was brilliant, the staff were attentive, it was clean and well organised, a highlight of our trip.
Written 7 April 2024
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Lorna P
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
The views and wildlife were amazing. The staff were really informative and friendly. Well worth making the trip to get there from most parts of Costa Rica.
Written 31 March 2024
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Bill B
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We did the Cultural Tour, the Rum experience and the boat trip. What is unusual is the high calibre of guides for each experience. These are highly educated affable people who draw you in to their story. Just excellent all around. Done tours globally. These CR’s are first rate.
Written 19 March 2024
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Jane M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Everything was wonderful. We saw lots of wildlife; birds, monkeys, crocodiles, and iguanas. The food and service at the Hacienda was excellent. I would highly recommend this your for all age groups
Written 18 March 2024
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Lisa S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This was an awesome excursion! We did the full combo excursion (rum tasting, boat tour, and cultural experience). Saw lots of white faced monkeys, crocodiles, bats, lots of birds on the boat tour! Rum tasting experience was excellent! And loved the food! Definitely worthwhile to take the time to learn more about the Costa Rician culture.
Written 18 February 2024
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Brooke M
Campbell River, Canada54 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
After all the glowing reviews I was expecting much more; we found it to be of poor value for the price.
The tour was advertised as a 2 hour tour. We were barely 1 hour in the boat. The guide was great though we didn't see much variety of wildlife. Lunch was quite good. It wasn't worth the almost $500 cad we paid. The hacienda itself is beautiful, but we have had just as good of a lunch for about $12-15 cad in many sodas and have been on better boat tours for around $50 cad each (so a tour of $300 would be justified not $480)
Written 16 December 2023
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Sue D
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
We wanted to share some great CR experiences with our visiting friends. We chose the combo of river trip, cultural and rum experiences. What a great day! Excellent staff and guides. It was a full day, but well paced. The lunch was delicious. Especially enjoyed the rum tasting room. The view over the wetlands is spectacular. Our friends loved it!
Written 10 December 2023
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Kelly
Washington DC, DC29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We had a wonderful boat ride, lunch and Rum tour! We enjoyed seeing the crocodiles, monkeys and many different types of birds during the morning boat ride. We had a delicious lunch of chicken, rice and beans, and vegetables followed by a lesson on how to make rum from sugar cane. We enjoyed rum tasting and adding different ingredients to personalize our drinks to each guests tastes. We ended up bringing home two bottle to enjoy when we get back to the US!
Written 12 August 2023
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Judi G
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Me and my husband had an amazing day here. We did the boat tour and saw lots of animals. Then after that, we had a tour of a replica of a traditional homestead. The Buffet Lunch was scrumptious, and then we finished things off with the Rum tour and learned how they make their special Rum. Each person got to choose three items to add to the Rum. If you chose to, you could then purchase a bottle of your very own recipe. The locale is just amazing, and we will definitely return in the Fall to go out onto the Wetlands for a birding experience in the early morning. We highly recommend this tour. Everyone was very knowledgeable and so very welcoming.
Written 22 July 2023
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