While we were having lunch, across the road we saw this cow come walking along. He was followed by a herd of cows and some Costa Rican cowboys, shown in the second photo.
Hacienda Guachipelin is a working cattle ranch in addition to being a eco-lodge, restaurant, and adventure park. It is 1,600 hectares, or nearly 4,000 acres. About 1/3rd of the land is used for pastures. About 20% of the land is being reforested with environmentally threatened trees. The remainder is being preserved as tropical forests with eco-tourism activities such as hikes to waterfalls.
The Guanacaste region of northwest Costa Rica has a different ecology than the rest of the country. The weather is sunny and dry for much of the year. There are not banana plantations. Instead of the small family farms of coffee that are common in the moist central highlands and valleys, Guanacaste has a tradition of cattle ranches and cowboys.
Tomorrow, I will show photos of our first activity after lunch. After watching these cowboys, we decided it was time to saddle up.