The Malpais Canopy Tour is based in the quiet village of Malpais, on a farm with more than 200 different tree species, at the entrance of the Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve.
The whole area is surrounded by rich tropical forest and diverse wildlife as well as many birds. Come and journey through the treetops, enjoying the tropical forest while the Pacific Ocean lies below you. We will help make all the arrangements for you.
The exciting canopy ride is nearly a mile long and has 11 platforms set high in the gigantic trees. Steel cables connect the platforms which are between 5 and 30 meters in height. You will not forget the experience of flying along our 300 meters long shot over a canyon between the second and the third platform, or the incredible 500 meters long ride through the jungle along a creek.
The Malpais Canopy Tour in Costa Rica has professional nature guides that will accompany you on the unforgettable journey through the biodiversity of the environment. They will introduce you to the fascinating secrets of the forest.
Following the strictest safety norms, you will enjoy thrilling views of the Pacific Ocean and of the forest from many different perspectives.
Horseback riding, Take an adventure down the beach. Explore waterfalls and caves, see rivers and witness the sunsets in this magical place!
At Selva Resort we work with Adrian from “Ollie’s Adventures”. The horses at Ollie’s Adventures live the best life possible, namely in paradise. To Adrian, it’s of utmost importance that his horses are always happy and healthy.
Ollie’s Adventures owns 26 horses. The horses are on a rotation, they work for one month and then rest for a month. Adrian gives his horses as much freedom as he can. When they are on their rest rotation, he makes sure they are able to roam in huge, lush green pastures or explore through the jungle and on the beaches. When it’s time for them to work again, Adrian treks through the jungle to find them and then brings them to their home pastures. We know you will have an amazing time going horseback riding in the jungle and on the beach with Adrian!
At Selva resort, we also work with Veronica. Veronica is from Hacienda Arío, a working, family-owned ranch that encompasses 1924 ha (almost 5000 acres) on the Pacific coast in the heart of the Nicoya Peninsula. It is a magical place where the Guanacaste saba-Nero culture is still a way of life. Hacienda Arío has been working for over a decade to create a model for sustainable development where rural, healthy living and horses are an integral and complete whole. Share an unforgettable experience riding on a deserted beach and through spectacular natural landscapes of rivers, mountains, and forest accompanied by a local cowboy and a bilingual nature guide. You can go on group tours or take a private one.
They offer different tours:
You can also experience first hand what it is to be a cowboy or “sabanero” on a working cattle ranch. You will participate in a cattle round-up in one of the Nicoya Peninsula’s most spectacular landscapes on a vast working ranch on the pacific coast. Undoubtedly, it will be a memorable life experience.
THE PICNIC RIDE
Magical picnic spots under the trees with spectacular views of the Pacific
Coast, the perfect setting to indulge.
ARÍO TOURS NATURE HIKE
Great tour for nature lovers!
Connect with nature and your senses to discover this region’s biodiversity
and beauty. Keep a lookout for birds, mammals, bats, insects, and trees.
The privately-owned land boasts a rich and diverse wildlife in five different
habitats ranging from marine zones and mangrove swamps to tropical dry
and moist forest, as well as farmland.
Do you like to explore?
An all-terrain vehicle (ATV), also known as a quad, four-wheeler, or quadricycle, as defined by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a vehicle that travels on low-pressure tires, with a seat that is straddled by the operator, along with handlebars for steering control.
As the name implies, it is designed to handle a wider variety of terrain than most other vehicles. Here in Santa Teresa, it is a street-legal vehicle and almost everyone here uses it as the main mode of transportation as it is the best vehicle for the roads here. The rider sits on and operates these vehicles like a motorcycle, but the extra wheels give more stability at slower speeds. It sure is a whole lot of fun and especially thrilling when you go visit the Montezuma waterfalls or go explore the many pristine beaches near Hermosa.
Several hiking/trekking options are available to you on the Nicoya Peninsula.
You can hike through a beautiful canopied forest around Playa Hermosa. You can bring your surfboard or fishing rod for more fun.
The Cabo Blanco Reserve
The Cabo Blanco trail takes you into the Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve, it gives you a glimpse of the Tropical Dry Forest of the Peninsula. Many birds can be seen along this trail and it takes only about 1 1/2 hours to make this loop.
Cabo Blanco is also a very important sanctuary for seabirds, as well as wild cats, monkeys, peccaries, deer, and anteaters.
Cabo Blanco’s 140 species of trees as well as a wide variety of exotic mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds.
Please remember to bring comfortable hiking shoes, water, insect repellent, a hat, sun protection, sunglasses, a swimsuit, a towel and of course, your camera. Also, please note that the Cabo Blanco National Park is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Hiking around Santa Teresa
Going further North-East toward Jicaral, you can walk a river bed to one of the most spectacular waterfalls on the Nicoya Peninsula. This is situated just outside the Karen Mogensen Nature Reserve and is a must-see for visitors to the area. It takes about a 4hour round trip from Santa Teresa but it is well worth the time and effort. Once you are there, it’s a beautiful 45-minute walk to the Falls and natural swimming pools. You will certainly want to go for a swim so bring a change of clothes and a small towel if you like. This experience will completely change your outlook!
The Curu Wildlife Refuge
The Curu Wildlife Refuge is a privately owned and protected park just outside of Tambor on the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. It was a cattle and agricultural farm until 1983 when it was declared a Wildlife Reserve. Curu is rich in diverse wildlife and it is an especially great tour because you will get a chance to wind your way through five different ecosystems. You will explore a marine zone, mangrove swamps, tropical dry forests, moist jungle, and even farmland. There is also an abundance of tropical fruit trees.
The area towards the jungle in the mountains offers many excellent hiking trails, especially around playa Carmen and other spots. When you start hiking on the hillsides you can explore rivers and luscious jungle hills. And of course, a hike exploring all the beaches will definitely be extremely rewarding! Also near Selva resort, you can explore a river that you can cross to the other side and then come down through the river. The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful with many “oooh..” moments and various encounters with all the wildlife in the area.
Santa Teresa offers amazing fishing trips. The Pacific Ocean in the region of Santa Teresa abounds with a wide variety of fish. Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Snapper, Roosterfish are all around. While out fishing, you’ll be getting to know your guide, upgrading your local fishing know-how and test your newly acquired skills in real-time. Witness some of the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets, catch a glimpse of the reclusive sea-world and go swim near an underwater volcano. There’s a high chance you’ll see dolphins or whales, especially in whale season, which is August through January when they migrate to the area. You can also spot sea turtles, jumping manta rays, and every once in a while, a whale shark or an orca.
MASSAGES AND WELLBEING
At selva resort, we offer various massage therapists. One of them is Diego, he studied massage therapy in Thailand, Laos and South America. After many years of studying and giving massage therapy, Diego decided to make his own fusional therapy. This massage is totally different from other styles. It seeks to create overall balance, tranquility and general well-being. Diego also incorporates a lot of stretching in his therapies, leaving you completely refreshed, full of energy and totally blissful. He will do a thorough intake with you to shed light on any issues you are facing. After the massage he will also offer you in-depth feedback on your constitution and exercises you can do to remedy any issues you might have. In short, you won’t go wrong when choosing Diego for an amazing massage.
Silvia is another massage therapist here at Selva resort. Silvia offers deep tissue massage, surfers massage, relaxing massage, myofascial release and chocolate facials.
Deep tissue massage is a massage technique that’s mainly used to treat musculoskeletal issues, such as strains and sports injuries. It involves applying sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to target the inner layers of your muscles and connective tissues. This helps to break up scar tissue that forms following an injury and reduce tension in muscles and tissue.
Myofascial release is a type of physical therapy often used to treat myofascial pain syndrome. Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder caused by sensitivity and tightness in your myofascial tissues. These tissues surround and support the muscles throughout your body. Whatever style you choose you will surely be feeling absolutely blissful!