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Amid the Brunqueña and Talamanca mountains in southern-central Costa Rica, Pérez Zeledón is an agriculturally rich canton (similar to a county) known for its staggering array of biodiversity. Rolling hills and lofty peaks - including Costa Rica's tallest, the 12,500-foot Cerro Chirripó - decorate the thick rainforest landscape. Of course, the tranquil setting is also rife with adventure, from hiking and biking to rafting and zip lining. Near the historic town of San Isidro de El General, Hacienda AltaGracia is perfectly suited to its location, with traditional "hacienda-style" hospitality and the amenities you expect from the Auberge Resorts Collection.
Departing from the resort's airstrip, ultra-light aircraft carry passengers high above the lush valley for bird's-eye views of the mountains, jungle, waterfalls, and more. The exhilarating experience is a must for your itinerary.
With 28 stables and an enclosed riding ring, Hacienda AltaGracia is a horse lover's paradise. Mount your steed and take a tour through the breathtaking scenery, letting an expert guide lead you along hidden trails.
The rugged countryside is teeming with adrenaline-pumping adventures. Whitewater rafting, zip lining, mountain biking, and wildlife tours are just a few of the thrills that your concierge can arrange for you.
Casa Grande is the resort's entertainment hub. Here you will find a full bar and a pub complete with billiards and games. The facility also boasts a library, conference facilities, and some of the resort's best rainforest views.
Get a peek into Costa Rica's famous culinary exports as you tour a coffee plantation, learn to make cheese, or craft chocolate from organic cocoa beans. Or, simply indulge at the resort's farm-to-table restaurant.
Hacienda AltaGracia features two "tienditas:" small on-site shops. Sip your favorite varietal during a private tasting at the Wine Shop, then head to the gift shop to peruse crafts and souvenirs made by hand by local artisans.
Hacienda AltaGracia can arrange a private flight to its on-site airstrip from SJO (about 35 minutes) and LIR (about one hour). You can also take a 35-minute domestic flight from SJO to San Isidro Airfield, then hop on a resort shuttle to reach your accommodations.
Hacienda AltaGracia is located in a beautifully remote area, about a 40-minute drive from the nearest main town, San Isidro de El General. You'll likely spend most of your vacation on-site at the resort, venturing out into the lush wilderness on guided tours.
Consider extending your vacation and staying a few nights at one of Costa Rica's stunning national parks. Known for their astounding biodiversity, Manuel Antonio, Marino Ballena, and Chirripó national parks are all within a two-hour drive.
As the green changes to brown, the gold season (from mid-November to May) offers beautiful, unfettered views and less humidity. By contrast, the rainy season (particularly June to September), is lush and lovely, with sunny mornings and brief afternoon showers.
The southern region of Costa Rica is a true tropical rainforest that enjoys lovely weather year-round. Whenever you visit, temperatures will be warm and sunshine abundant. You're most likely to encounter rain between mid June and September, when afternoon showers help maintain the jungle's vibrant hues and vegetation.