There is a place, north of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste, where the dry brown rolling plains give way to lush, tall, green forest. Suddenly you are in an enchanted paradise of gushing waterfalls, sky blue streams, warm thermal springs and bright orchids. This is a place where jaguars, pumas and tapirs roam free. Listen for the call of howler monkeys and the symphony of tropical birdsong with cicadas whirring in tempo. Welcome to Sensoria, Land of Senses.
Sensoria is a private nature reserve that provides unique hiking tours through untrammeled forest to hidden waterfalls and volcanic thermal springs on the northeast side of the Rincon de la Vieja National Park in Guanacaste. The goal of owners G2 Developments is to “preserve the untamed beauty of the rainforest, and provide its visitors with a striking, deep reconnection with the Costa Rican jungle, its lush vegetation and its wild, crystal-clear waterfalls.” Their philosophy of reconnecting with nature is simple: be immersed in it.
Sensoria is a unique Guanacaste tour, being located on the Atlantic slope of the north Pacific’s largest active volcano – Rincon de la Vieja – where frequent rains keep the green jungle dense. The region is part of the Guanacaste Conservation Area, which is reported to hold 2.6% of the world’s biodiversity and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Sensoria’s camera traps have captured wild animals like pacas, ocelots, pumas, tapirs and jaguars on film.
The three to four-hour Costa Rica eco-tour takes you hiking through the rainforest to waterfalls and pools where you can swim, like the electric blue Aguilar Waterfall and Pool, the 20-meter-high Buenos Aires Waterfall, La Jícara Waterfall, and the warm thermal spring Dantas Waterfall and Pool. Along your journey, hopefully you will see some of Costa Rica’s famed wildlife. The guided tour includes lunch.
For security reasons, and to limit the number of visitors at one time on the reserve, Sensoria’s tour is available only by reservation; no “walks-ins” allowed. You can stay at Sensoria overnight, renting out rustic accommodations at “La Casona” for private groups between six and 20 persons.
How to get there
Sensoria is located north of Liberia and Rincon de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste. You need a 4×4 vehicle to drive there.
Where to stay near Sensoria
An excellent Rincon de la Vieja hotel is Hacienda Guachipelin. The hotel has 54 comfortable ranch-style rooms, a full restaurant, and an adventure park. Day trips to Sensoria are easy from Hacienda Guachipelin.