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Hacienda Pozo Azul

Hacienda Pozo Azul

Destination: Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

An adventure center and eco-lodge, Hacienda Pozo Azul's hidden in the recesses of Costa Rica's Caribbean lowland rainforest near Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui. Established on 700 acres of meadows, pastures and forest beside the Sarapiqui River, the resort offers several activities for exploring the grounds and after a day of adventure, guests can relax at Pozo Azul's eco-friendly tent suites in the rainforest.

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Hacienda Pozo Azul Tent Suites

The jungle looks bigger, greener and more brilliant where there aren't any buildings to retreat inside. Hacienda Pozo Azul's tent suites are a little bit like re-living your first experience camping; carefree adventures, chef-prepared meals and that childlike wonder that comes at night as the moonlight trickles down through the forest canopy softly illuminating the tent.

Set up on wooden decks built a few feet off the forest floor, each suite has a patio with a small table and chairs for taking in the views of the surrounding rainforest. The doubles, $92, fit two queen size beds, a bedside table and a fan. Large tarp awnings extend over the deck and tents protecting guests from the nighttime rainforest drizzle. 

The bathrooms are small cabin-style rooms connected to the tents and come equipped with solar-heated showers, toilets, sinks, safety deposit boxes and storage space. The bathroom doors even have keys to lock-up personal belongings so they aren't left in the tent. The tent suites do have electricity, though there's only an electric lantern in the tent and lights in the bathroom.

The dining and common areas are a short walk from the suites. Providing Internet access, cable television and couches, the it is a tranquil departure into the arms of modern technology while still taking in the cool rainforest climate. Beside the common area, there's the dining room where chefs serve breakfast (which is included in the hotel rate) and dinner. Lunch is served over at the adventure center.

Adventure Center Tours

From the tent-suites there's a narrow gravel path, barely visible among the fallen leaves, that'll take guests through the rainforest back to the adventure center. Alternatively, there's a road (parking is available at the tent suites and adventure center) or transportation available at the front desk. Either way it's about a 0.6 miles back to the adventure center from the tent suites.

Whitewater rafting, safari river, canopy, horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking, are just some of the tours offered at the adventure center. Guests don't have to stay at the hotel to join the tours; the adventure center is open for everyone. Tours start at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily and must be booked in advance.

Quick Tour Facts

  • The whitewater rafting takes guests 6.8 miles down river through class II-III rapids during the dry season (Feb. to April) and III IV during the wet season (Aug. to Jan.); some of the best rafting in the area.
  • The Canopy tour has eight zip lines through the rainforest and one over the Sarapiqui River.
  • There are 7 different horseback riding trails for beginner, intermediate and expert riders; one of which takes riders on a 2.5-hour trip to nearby waterfalls.

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