Explore the Nandamojo River Valley
The sandy fringe where the Nandamojo River joins the Pacific, features crystalline tide pools and placid coves for snorkeling. Fishing is excellent. Join locals in surf casting from the beaches or rocky promontories, or cruise the reefs and fish from a skiff. There is world-class surfing at Playa Junquillal, and the beach is also one of Costa Rica’s most important nesting sites for sea turtles. Inland, the mangrove estuaries can be easily navigated by kayak, and paddlers are rewarded with intimate views of native birds and monkeys. The Nandamojo River also offers an abundance of waterfalls and natural swimming holes.
Wildlife is abundant throughout the area and local guides are available for bird watching, horseback riding on forest trails or educational tours through the tropical dry forest. For a dose of adrenaline, there are zip lines and rappelling in the Hacienda La Norma conservation project and backcountry horseback rides to the spectacular waterfalls of La Fermina.
The openness and hospitality of Guanacastecos makes it easy for visitors to participate in all manner of traditional cultural activities. Fiestas in each of the local towns usually feature bull riding, marimba concerts and soccer matches as part of what could be called a Costa Rican version of county fairs. Tours of El Centro Verde and the Mi Tierra Farm and Nursery may be arranged in advance via email. Please contact them directly to set up an appointment.