Today you may choose your own adventure.
Option 1 – A hike through the Cloud Forests:
La Esperanza Cloud Forest Reserve will astound visitors with its beauty, bounty, and a great amount of biodiversity. Wind-sculpted elfin woodlands give way to rainforests where tall trees (Guayacán, Matapalos, Laurel, Balsa, Vegetable Ivory (Tagua) and others – festooned with orchids, bromeliads, ferns, vines, and mosses – rise high into the sky. The variable climate and large altitudinal gradient have helped to produce an amazingly heterogeneous set of creatures that live here. Some of these include the jaguar, ocelot, Baird’s tapir, three-wattled bellbird, bare-necked umbrellabird, and the famously elusive resplendent Andean Cock-of-the-Rock.
We depart Hacienda La Danesa at 9:00 am (or earlier if bird-watching) and arrive at Bucay at 9:30 am, which is our trailhead. During this one-hour hike, you will visit three different waterfalls of varying heights. For a bit of refreshment feel free to jump in to feel the power of the cascade. Afterward, we visit a local sugar cane farmer and enjoy a hands-on experience of making our own sugar cane and lime juice.
Option 2 – Close Encounter with Water Buffaloes:
Guests will visit Hacienda La Victoria, a 15-minute drive from Hacienda La Danesa, known for its excellence in farming Brahman and Water Buffaloes. On arrival, you will be greeted with a fresh coffee and mozzarella before given a tour of the operations. You will have the option of a horseback or mule ride around the property, visiting the pastures where the buffalo roam or try your hand at trout fishing for your lunch. The property is rich in local flora and fauna so many species of birds may be observed throughout the day. Lunch is served lakeside, with house wine and spectacular views of the highlands.
In the afternoon, we return to the hacienda. This time is a great opportunity for guests to just relax or go for a walk, or perhaps have a relaxing in-room spa.
Meals (B, L, D)