Sensoria Wildlife Conservation
On September 13th, 2018, we set out an expedition to install 9 motion activated cameras around Sensoria and within the Rincón de la Vieja National Park.
This initiative is part of Sensoria’s commitment to conservation efforts along with Área de Conservación Guanacaste (ACG), in collaboration with Programa Jaguar-UNA (Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica), and documented by SelfArea Productions. The first day of expedition consisted of a 21km hike through pristine tropical rainforest and preserved lands. The first 4 cameras were set inside the Rincón de la Vieja National Park. The second day consisted of a shorter but still intense hike of 6kms along Sensoria’s tropical rainforest trails.
After a 5 month wait, the crew set out on February 12th to retrieve the motion activated cameras. Safety measures required the team to take a different route, this time 26kms of adventurous trails.
This initiative is part of Sensoria’s commitment to conservation efforts along with Área de Conservación Guanacaste (ACG), in collaboration with Programa Jaguar-UNA (Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica), and documented by SelfArea Productions. Upon retrieving the cameras, amazing footage was the resulting prize. Jaguars, pumas, ocelots, tapirs, peccaries and dozens of other animals were captured by the cameras. This proves how conservation efforts are leading to a healthy ecosystem inhabited by large and small mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. We appreciate the amazing work that all the parties have put into this wonderful project.
Incredible Rainforest Experience We had an incredible day in the rainforest at Sensoria! Our group was only 6 people and we saw 3 other small groups in passing. Paco was our guide all day. Daniel was our driver who spotted a sloth on the way! Juan was our other guide at Sensoria. He didn’t speak English, but communicated through pictures of plants and animals that he showed us. He was also the BEST photographer. We were incredibly lucky and saw so many animals. Howler monkeys, spider monkeys, a viper, different birds and a basilisk. Paco and Juan let us take our time on the hike and we got to swim in 3 different waterfalls. The hike took about 3 hrs and there were lots of stairs. We were prepared with hiking shoes but everyone else in our group wore sneakers and we’re fine. Lunch was wonderful!!!! We would do it again!
Beautiful scenery, great view Our tour guide, Mark was excellent, knowledgeable, friendly, Johnny, was very nice and helpful, we all had a great experience, so beautiful!
Magia en las faldas del Rincon de la vieja Una experiencia unica poder conocer esta parte de Costa Rica donde el atractivo principal de esta área es su exuberante volcan activo Rincon de la vieja y su vegetación, incluyendo árboles tropicales, orquídeas y helechos. Además, podrás observar una variedad de fauna, como aves, monos, perezosos y reptiles. Algunos visitantes también disfrutan de los baños termales y las cascadas, que ofrecen un espacio relajante y refrescante.
Beautiful and great guide! This is such a beautiful spot! The waterfalls and swimming holes are all stunning and feel very natural and wild compared to some of the other tours we did while in Costa Rica. On top of the beautiful nature, we had an AMAZING tour guide, Pablo, who just went above and beyond for us! His English was great and he taught us so much about the forest during our time there. We’ll definitely be back!
Give Hugo a raise! We toured with Hugo and it was fantastic! He was extremely informative and passionate about the tour/his customers. He did it all while translating in both English and French. Highly recommend!
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.
Beautiful Hike! Joaquin was full of excitement and knowledge regarding the rain forest! It was a beautiful hike and so peaceful!Swimming in the thermal pools were a great way to end the hike. The lunch after the hike was delicious
Love the Rainforest This place was magical. This was my first trip to Costa Rica with my mom and my two sisters. This is a bucket list place to check out. I will try to make this a short review but it’s so hard to make it short. We were greeted by Joaquin Matarrita our guide and an ice cold glass of juice before he told us what to expect on this trip. I highly recommend a walking stick or sticks . It has lots of steps and it had just rained before we got there but then the sun came out for us. My mom is 80 years old and she did this tour with us. I was so proud of her with all the steps she had to take she loved it. Joaquin was so knowledgeable and professional. He spoke English very well and answered all of our questions and was very patient with us. After the tour we got to choose a meal which we chose the local dish of chicken and rice with a wonderful fruit smoothie that filled our tummies. I hope you get to see this fabulous place. Thank you Joaquin! Jen from Texas;)
Beautiful rain forest Joaquin was a wonderful, knowledgeable guide. We really enjoyed our day in the beautiful rainforest (especially being able to swim in the waterfalls and pools). This was such a unique experience! Truthfully, the road to get there is full of potholes but it was worth the trip. It was wonderful to spend a quiet time in nature, see the wildlife and enjoy learning about the rainforest.
Excellent Hike through the Rainforest, with swimming in cold pools and hot springs! Excellent experience hiking through the Costa Rican rain forest, trekking across some 13,000 steps (we used walking sticks to help with our balance), so physically challenging, and with several stops at waterfalls and pools with cold water and hot springs! Nice lunch at the end, capped off with a brief rain shower. It’s a rough ride to get into this rainforest national park (very rough dirt roads the latter third of the trip), but well-worth the trip for a first-hand close-up trek through the rainforest with all the flora and fauna it has to offer! Incredible views at so many points!