Friendship House and Hana's Celeste Retreat Guidebook

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Friendship House and Hana's Celeste Retreat Guidebook

Sightseeing

The number one attraction here is the Tenorio National Park and it's crazy blue Celeste River. The park is about a 15 minute drive away and it's an easy drive. There's lots of parking there and also some restaurants to grab a bite or drink after. It will take you about three hours to do the whole hike, and we suggest you do it all. Many people only go as far as the waterfall, but the lagoons are pretty cool and the source of the blue (where a volcano fissure in the river turns the water blue) is also worth it to see : )
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Tenorio Volcano National Park - Rio Celeste
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The number one attraction here is the Tenorio National Park and it's crazy blue Celeste River. The park is about a 15 minute drive away and it's an easy drive. There's lots of parking there and also some restaurants to grab a bite or drink after. It will take you about three hours to do the whole hike, and we suggest you do it all. Many people only go as far as the waterfall, but the lagoons are pretty cool and the source of the blue (where a volcano fissure in the river turns the water blue) is also worth it to see : )
The Hanging Bridges of Heliconias Lodge are a short walk from Friendship House / Hana's Celeste Retreatand are some of the best hanging bridges you'll ever do. A great nature hike with very well done hanging bridges. There is a charge of $12.
Heliconias Lodge & Rainforest
The Hanging Bridges of Heliconias Lodge are a short walk from Friendship House / Hana's Celeste Retreatand are some of the best hanging bridges you'll ever do. A great nature hike with very well done hanging bridges. There is a charge of $12.
One place that not too many people go, but is quite fascinating is the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge. This is a completely different habitat and the waterways are full of exotic birds and Caymans, crocodiles, etc. We suggest you let a tour operator take you there - Terra Tours www. terratourscr.com It''s about an hour and a half away.
Caño Negro District
One place that not too many people go, but is quite fascinating is the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge. This is a completely different habitat and the waterways are full of exotic birds and Caymans, crocodiles, etc. We suggest you let a tour operator take you there - Terra Tours www. terratourscr.com It''s about an hour and a half away.

Hotsprings

For soaking in hot springs there are quite a few around, but our favorite is Ecotermales. It's near the town of La Fortuna , about a 90 minute drive away. It is about $30 for a half day and you sign up for either a morning shift (10am to 4pm) or an evening shift (do the morning). The facility is immaculate, the water is amazing, and the ambiance excellent. It's a bit hard to get to (roads are great but you need to know where you are going). Suggest you decline their 'in house restaurant' lunch offering and have a late lunch in the town of La Fortuna afterwards.
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Ecotermales Fortuna
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For soaking in hot springs there are quite a few around, but our favorite is Ecotermales. It's near the town of La Fortuna , about a 90 minute drive away. It is about $30 for a half day and you sign up for either a morning shift (10am to 4pm) or an evening shift (do the morning). The facility is immaculate, the water is amazing, and the ambiance excellent. It's a bit hard to get to (roads are great but you need to know where you are going). Suggest you decline their 'in house restaurant' lunch offering and have a late lunch in the town of La Fortuna afterwards.

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Other things to do in Bijagua!

Whitewater rafting. The start point is about 20 minutes away, and I suggest you use a tour company to pick you up and take you. Tenorio Adventure Company. TenorioAdventureCompany.com Rio Celeste Horseback Tour. If you like riding horses, David Tours has a great ride, with a stop at the Rio Celeste to swim and lunch after at their restaurant. Phone +506 8482 8415 They are just past the Tenorio National Park, about 20 minutes away. Night nature tour/walks. A local guide can take you on a great one. Contact Marlon Calderon BijaguaRainforest@gmail.com
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Tree Chocolate Tour

Tree Chocolate Tour. This is a 'more fascinating than you'd think' walking tour of a cocoa farm, and production area. The art of farming cocoa trees is explained, and many other interesting plants are encountered along the way. The tour ends at their own production area where they show how the cocoa is turned into chocolate. Phone +506 8309 5826 It's about a 20 minute drive away.
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Nature Tours

Our own nature trails and vista lookout: A very good opportunity to see toucans, monkeys, sloths, etc just by walking out your front door : ) The trails are about 1km long and quite enjoyable. The vista lookout has a picnic table and is raised above ground level which makes it a nice picnic spot. There is no charge for access to the trails. Another good nature tour is Spring Paradise Bijagua. Phone +506 8341 2171 About 7 or 8 minutes drive away. There is a nominal charge per person for this tour.
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Los Mandarinos Recreation Park

This place is only a couple of hundred yards from Friendship House and a short drive from Hana's Celeste Retreat. It's a cool place to grab a meal and also swim in their pool. They have tilapia fish ponds that you can catch your lunch at and have them cook it up for you. It's frequented by locals, and not expensive at all.