Experiences at Hotel Punta Islita, Costa Rica
Experience catalog featuring exclusive eco-adventures and cultural activities at Hotel Punta Islita in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
Live the Excitement Hotel Punta Islitaâ€™s spellbinding natural setting and colorful local communities provide ideal opportunities to experience the excitement of pristine ecosystems and Costa Rican culture. Our adventures range from the leisurely to the more demanding, letting you find the perfect option to suit your style. www.hotelpuntaislita.com Take Flight CANOPY ZIP-LINING (2 hours) Soar through the forest canopy while safely suspended from a steel cable zip-line! Hotel Punta Islita’s tree-friendly adventure is set on ground platforms and crisscrosses a deep canyon for spectacular views and a generous rush of adrenaline. TWILIGHT ZIP-LINING (2 hours) Enjoy pure exhilaration for full bragging rights. Soaring over a tree-lined canyon while shrouded by darkness provides an indescribable rush. Inhale deeply as you take in the experience! “I never thought I would dare to take on this adventure.. Enjoyed it so much, we just HAD to do both daytime and nighttime versions. Wow!” -Bronwen, Bethesda, Maryland Giddy Up! ISLITA RIDING TRAILS (2 hours) Canter through Islita’s rugged surroundings including open fields, tropical dry forest, and black sand beaches. . SUNSET RIDE (2 hours) Let the bright hues of the Guanacaste sunset dazzle you as you traverse the beach and enjoy the late afternoon ocean breeze. ULTIMATE RIDING ADVENTURE (4 hours) Reward your inner cowboy or cowgirl! Seasoned riding enthusiasts will enjoy an exhilarating trek up rugged mountain trails with spectacular ocean cove views as backdrop. “Our entire group had a blast. I will never forget the sensation of gently trotting over soft sand. Amazing!” -Bill, Scranton PA Kayak Away! RIVER KAYAKING (Green Season. 3 hours) Paddle down the gentle Ora River through a pristine swath of exciting tropical jungle until reaching El Carmen, a charming small village. Enjoy the sight of different bird species and the occasional howler monkey. MANGROVE KAYAKING (Dry Season. 3 hours) Paddle through the Ora River’s peaceful mangrove and enjoy an out-of-thisworld landscape created by “trees on stilts”. After reaching the ocean, the group enjoys 20 minutes at the Camaronal Wildlife Beach Refuge. The return paddle up the Ora is assisted by the incoming tide. KAYAKING EXPEDITION (5 hours) Enjoy an intense adventure exploring the Coyote mangrove. Adjacent to a beautiful, light-sanded beach, it rewards paddlers with a mysterious maze of densely vegetated water channels. “Incredible! Felt part of a Nat Geo expedition!” -Carolyn, Mystic, CT Hang Ten Surfing 2 hours All levels are welcome! There is simply no other sensation like gliding down the face of a breaking wave. An experienced instructor will teach basic techniques or guide you to the area’s best surfing spots. Operated by thirdparty community micro-entrepreneurs. “I hadn’t been on a surfboard in a loooong time. Thank you for rekindling the fire! Now we will alternate ski trips with surfing vacations” Monica, St. Paul, MN. Unlid the Barrel 3 hours Monkey Quest The raucous howler monkey is among the largest monkey species in the Americas. Its whooping growl can be heard over a 3 mile radius, securing its status as the loudest land animal. Highly social, howler monkeys travel in groups of up to eighteen members. Your guide will bring a spotting telescope to better enjoy a closeup look at these fascinating creatures. â€œOur little guys could not believe their eyes. To see a whole monkey family was just amazing.â€? Timo, Germany. Witness a Miracle Sea Turtle Watching 3 hours Seasonal: July - November An unforgettable adventure for all ages! Witness the captivating egg-laying ritual of endangered sea turtles. This nighttime experience takes place in nearby Camaronal Beach where you will search for turtles as they peacefully emerge from the ocean. Your guide will use a special red light to avoid disturbance. Made possible by Hotel Punta Islita in partnership with the Costa Rican Ministry of Environment and conservation NGO’s. “Simply magical!” -Jeff & Karen, Washington, DC. Puddles of Fun Low-Tide Sea Creature Safari 3 hours When the water recedes, nearby Pilas beach offers unique tide pools. Temporary tenants include sea-urchins, crabs, reef fish, and other colorful ocean specimens. Ideal for families. â€œHighly recommended. Quirky fun for all. The pools were teeming with weird-looking creatures that delighted the kids.â€? - Perez family, Albuquerque, New Mexico Marvel at Flying Colors Bird Watching 2 hours Birding enthusiasts will have a lifetime opportunity to see and photograph up to 35 different species in their natural habitat. Your guide will bring along a telescope and binoculars to enhance the experience. â€œThis was our third bird watching tour while in Costa Rica. We saw many more species than at Arenal and Osa. Brilliant!â€? -Hans & Brig, London Explore Away MORNING LEISURE HIKE (2 hours) The tropical dry forest at daybreak is uniquely mesmerizing... Learn about this globally-threatened ecosystem, rich in clever flora and fauna adaptations to enable survival over prolonged periods of little or no rain. To ensure that you don’t miss a thing, your guide will bring binoculars. DUSK ADVENTURE HIKE (2 hours) The evening wakes up many of the tropical forest critters. This guided hike lets you experience the intriguing sights and sounds of nature’s nightlife. “Wonderful and engaging. Kudos to Eduardo for his superb guiding skills.” Berena, Zurich, Switzerland Explore, Learn & Share Cultural Discovery 1.5 hours This guided tour provides an overview of Hotel Punta Islita’s planet-friendly, people-positive programs. Features a visit to the recycling center, the adjacent town of Islita, the Jon and Janie Mangus Day Care Center, and the Islita Contemporary Art Museum. “Islita is truly a special destination. It glows with positive energy and shines with possibilities.” -Lisa, Malibu, CA. Live the Art of Costa Rica Art Project 2 hours The Islita Art Museum and the community art associations vividly reflect the region’s intense character and passion for color and form. This activity pairs you with local groups to create a signature piece and unique memento of your visit. Embroidered collages, delicate mobiles, rustic sand candles, handmade paper, and jewelry are some of the projects that will delight your inner artist. “What a special treat. Despite the language barrier, we were able to learn so much from the people of Islita. Beautiful people.” The Jensens, Long Island.. Embrace Tico Cuisine Tico Cooking Lessons 2 hours Learn the secrets behind Costa Ricaâ€™s favorite dishes including the healthy, citrus ceviche, the versatile picadillo, or the deliciously sweet tres leches dessert. Led by our Chef, Leanneth Viales, this fun session lets you understand the flavors behind local traditions so you can replicate them at home and share with family and friends. â€œThe Tres Leches is going to be a new family favorite as of next Thanksgiving! Patricia, Austin, Texas. Best Cocktails, Bar None! Cocktail Mixing Lessons 2 hours Learn to bartend with tropical flare! Miguel at the Borrancho Beach Club will reveal the secret to the perfect Piña Colada or give you tips as to how to add extra zest to your favorite cocktail. “Our next friends’ get together will be a blast! Thanks Miguel!” Carlos & Joanna, Hollywood, MD. Meet Our Neighbors Regional Circuit 5 hours Enjoy the picturesque towns, landscapes, and beaches that surround Hotel Punta Islita. Shop for local art and crafts, sample regional dishes, and learn about the traditional rural lifestyles of Guanacaste. The area has been declared a Blue Zone because it boasts one of the globe’s highest percentages of centenarians per capita. Perhaps you can unlock their secret to longevity! “This was very special. I have never had a chance before to really get to know my vacationing site’s culture and daily life. Wonderful!” Veronica, Omaha Toast Romance 2 hours Private Torch Lit Dinner Live a storybook romance. A three-course meal is enjoyed at a private table set either on the Borrancho Club beachside gardens or on the viewing deck adjacent to the main restaurant. Lit by flickering torches and serenaded by the breaking waves. Includes a Serenata, a Latin American tradition featuring live guitars and bolero songs. Plus a bottle of house wine. â€œIt was so romantic. Dining by the ocean was simply dreamy. Great food, wonderful wine, and delightful music. Thank you!â€? Jim, New Orleans. Belinda & Hotel Punta Islita Experiences Experiences Min/Max Participants Age Minimum Location Easy/Moderate Adventures Canopy Zip-Lining 2/10 5 On-Site Twilight Zip-Lining 2/10 5 On-Site Islita Riding Trails 2/8 5 On-Site Sunset Ride 2/8 10 On-Site Ultimate Riding Adventure 2/8 10 On-Site River Kayaking 4/6 10 Vicinity Mangrove Kayaking 4/6 10 Vicinity Kayaking Expedition 4/8 10 Vicinity Surfing Lesson 1/4 5 Monkey Quest 4/6 5 On-Site Sea Turtle Watching (Seasonable) 4/10 5 Vicinity Low-Tide Sea Creature Safari 4/6 5 Vicinity Birdwatching Morning Hike 2/6 5 On-Site Dusk Adventure Hike 2/6 5 On-Site 2 n/a On-Site Cocktail Mixing 2/6 18 On-Site Tico Cooking Lesson 2/6 10 On-Site Cultural Discovery 1/8 5 Vicinity Art Project 2/8 5 Vicinity Regional Circuit 4/6 10 On-Site Eco-Discovery Special Dining Private Torch Lit Dinner Cultural Offerings Rates valid until January 3rd, 2016. Please contact our Reservations Department for the latest updates. Enjoyment Tips Sunblock, sunglasses, and a hat are always recommended. For horseback riding, we strongly recommend long pants and closed shoes. Please ask our staff for recommendations specific to each experience. For cultural discovery, please wear comfy clothes and shoes and bring a little money for shopping. EL SILENCIO LODGE & SPA Want to cool down a bit? Hotel Punta Islita's sister property, El Silencio Lodge & Spa features the best of Costa Rica's mesmerizing cloud forests. Silencio, Spanish for silence perfectly describes a magical setting where daily stress is hushed by nature's melodies. Crisp mountain air, hidden waterfalls, farm-to-table cuisine, spa, yoga, and premium amenities offer an ideal retreat in Costa Rica's pristine central volcanic region. www.elsilenciolodge.com