We were interested in doing a day trip from Tamarindo to Rincon de la Vieja and have been looking at a variety of the day tours in the area ( i.e. Hacienda Guachipelin, Bouriquen, Vandaras, Blue River). We were interested in horseback riding (to a waterfall), zip lining, hot springs, and possibly tubing in the most natural setting possible. We will be going in a month and although I know these are all \”touristy\” is there one that is less so than the others? Which tour would be closest to the Pailas Trail? Also, do you think the zip lines at these tours are more interesting than ones available in the Tamarindo area? Thanks!
All three are pretty touristy, but there will probably be less people at the Blue River because it it somewhat out of the way and a bit longer of a drive. The closest to the Las Pailas ranger station/trail would be Hacienda Guachipelin and I think they have all the activities you listed. The zip lining in this area is a little different than what you will get closer to Tamarindo. Mainly, there is more jungle so it will be more lush. Hope this helps, any of the three will be really fun. Enjoy!