Stunning, Romantic, A Naturalist’s Happy Place
We stopped at Rincon de la Vieja on our way from Arenal to Tamarindo just for Sensoria. We’re so glad we did! The jungle roads do require 4×4 and some moxie to get there, but Google Maps worked just fine for navigation; all well worth it. Sensoria was very responsive on WhatsApp when contacting them the evening before our tour. We chose the earliest tour time, because we stayed nearby at the Blue River Resort, which was about 15 minutes away from the property. Our guide, Joaquim, had vast knowledge of the flora and fauna of Costa Rica, was very helpful for whatever we needed, and made the whole tour relaxing and fun. He was amazing in how he balanced timing the tour so we could take time to enjoy the beauty around us and still stay ahead of the next group. That spacing made things extra relaxing. You can tell he is good at reading how to make a tour perfect for the type of experience that fits guest preferences. Also, we felt very safe with his communication on the state of the active volcano and communication plan for any change in status. In every sense, he was excellent! As for the property, it’s gorgeous! Hiking the jungle to the waterfalls and volcanic spring fed pools, the treehouse lookout over the jungle canopy, the reptile and insect sightings, the lush plant life, massive buttressed trees, the warm welcome with fresh juice, a well designed and appointed central house with all necessary amenities, the delicious lunch after the hike- this place wowed us in every way. Joaquim even found (and took an incredible photo) of an Eyelash Viper and we all got to be excited together about a Bromeliad Lizard sighting at eye level. Our visit is a special memory that we will treasure. Swimming in the volcanic spring fed pools surrounded by jungle is truly surreal. We were relaxing in one of the pools when a tiny hummingbird gently landed in her lime-sized, moss-covered nest hanging from a log next to the nearby waterfall. It was one of those special moments where life feels hyperreal, even magic. Can’t recommend this experience enough, especially to a couple on a private tour. If we could give more than 5 stars, we would.