"A Guanacaste Tradition"
P.O. Box 8-5700 Canas, Guanacaste
Km. 193 ON THE PANAMERICAN HIGHWAY
Phone: (506) 669-0050
Fax: (506) 669-0555
One of the best ways to explore La Pacifica's extensive ranchlands
and forests is on horseback. There are mounts to suit everyone's experience -
even if it's your first time in the saddle!
As you ride,all the elements that are La Pacifica come together. It
is easy to feel an affinity with the tough "sabanero" who lived and worked
in his saddle; to be awed by the richness and diversity of life in the
tropical deciduous forest; to understand the conservation efforts of
modern day La Pacifica. Easiest of all is to immerse yourself in the infinite
beauty of Guanacaste and feel a sense of wonder and adventure that will stay
with you, even after you leave ... a very special souvenir of your visit to
Costa Rica and Hacienda La Pacifica.
Over the years, La Pacifica has earned a reputation as the place to stay,
in Guanacaste, for nature lovers, birders, adventurers ... in fact, anyone
wanting to experience the best of Costa Rica's rich natural heritage.
Without ever leaving la Pacifica's extensive grounds, guests have excellent
opportunities for viewing birds, monkeys, iguanas and other animals, as they
explore the extensive gardens, shady trails along the river, wide open
pastures and the tropical dry forest.
For birders, this area is particularly important. In addition to an
impressive array of waterbirds in its marshlands and rivers, the tropical
deciduous forests of northwestern Costa Rica harbor land bird species that
occur no where else in the country.
La Pacifica's central location also makes it the ideal base for exploring
further afield. Arenal Volcano, Santa Rosa, Palo Verde National Park and many
other natural attractions are all within easy driving distance.
La Pacifica is not just another tourist facility. It is a
working ranch with a history and traditions that go back to the last
century. Built in the early 1900's, La Casona was the original ranch
house, owned by former Costa Rican President Don Bernardo Soto and his
wife, Dona Pacifica Fernandez, in whose honor the ranch and our hotel
are named. Today, La Casona is a small museum located on
the northwest corner of the ranch, accessible by car or horseback.
The deep, rushing waters of the Corobici River provide ideal conditions
for a scenic rafting experience. Visitors of all ages are
enchanted by the easy float along this forested river. It's
a great opportunity to view wildlife from a totally
different perspective! Silently, the raft drifts close to roosting
boat-billed herons, under howler monkeys lazing in the treetops or passed
huge iguanas draped along limbs overhanging the water.
Colorful tropical birds fly overhead and their songs add
a musical note to the days adventure.
Since 1984, La Pacifica has been a successful model of
sustainable development, involving agricultural production
that is in harmony with the environment, protects the
natural resource and provides social and economic benefits
for the region. More than 35% of La Pacifica's 2000 hectares
La Pacifica Ecological Center is the cornerstone for this new
production model. In addition to improved agricultural
methods, the center fosters conservation, research and
education, which includes nature based tourism.
Guests at La pacifica enjoy the practical comfort of cozy cabins
nestled among tropical gardens and evergreen lawns, adjacent
to the Corobici River. This oasis of fresh greenery is
beautiful all year round, but particularly welcome during Guanacaste's
dry season. From December to April, the deciduous trees
of the surrounding countryside shed their leaves and the
landscape is painted in earth tones that serve to emphasize
the verdency of La Pacifica.
CANAS, GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA
Km. 193 ON THE PANAMERICAN HIGHWAY
Phone:(506) 669-0050/ 669-0266
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