Ecotourism in Costa Rica is expanding. Here at Ylang Ylang, we have been on the forefront of this initiative for the past 30 years. We recycle, compost, use solar energy, have reusable energy system to heat hot water, and continue planting trees. These are just a few of the ways that we are an eco-friendly hotel in Costa Rica.
We also choose to donate part of our profits to a local non-profit organization called ASEPALECO. This organization purchases land and makes it protected property that cannot be developed. They protect a major part of the watershed of the Nicoya Peninsula and the wildlife that inhabits that area.
Our reusable hot water system, uses the heat that is created by our air-conditioners to heat the hot water tanks. This eliminates the need for electricity to power the air-conditioner and the hot water tank. Our solar panels contribute about 30% of our electricity for the entire hotel.
Here in Montezuma there are a number of different horseback riding tours offered. One of the most enjoyable is the horseback tour to the Cocalito waterfalls. The tour guide will arrive at Ylang Ylang with your horse so that you can leave right from the front of the resort. From Ylang Ylang the tour will take you along beaches and through jungles to eventually arrive at the waterfall, Cocalito. This waterfall is one of 7 in the world that drops into the ocean. At the waterfall you will be given the opportunity to take a swim, explore, or just get your feet wet. Enjoy the ride back to Ylang Ylang and horseback riding Costa Rica!
A short walk from the center of town leads you to the parking lot and entrance to the waterfalls. The hike to the Montezuma Waterfalls takes you along a rocky river until you arrive at a large waterfall and cool swimming hole. The pool of water is calm, cool and perfect for enjoying a refreshing swim. Depending on the time of year, the waterfall can be full with lots of water during the rainy season or a little less during the dry season. It’s a great adventure and a beautiful spot to check out during your time in Montezuma! Check out all different types of activities while you’re here!
For travelers who desire more flexibility, renting a car and driving from San Jose can sometimes be a better option than arranged transportation. The highway from San Jose to Puntarenas is an easy drive. However, once you arrive in Puntarenas, the ferry can be a bit more confusing. Start, by arriving about 30-45 minutes early. If this is a weekend, or holiday time, we would suggest arriving an hour ahead of time to make sure you can get your car on the ferry. The ferry schedule leaves about every 3 hours, so you don’t want to have to wait around for the next one. Once you find the line to wait in, park your car and find the little ticket window. This can be tricky, but look for a short line of people. The ticket window is located inside a bakery on the corner. Once you purchase your ticket, you can go back to the car. They will tell you as you pull your car on, but no passengers (besides the driver) are allowed in the vehicle as it’s being parked on the ferry, so your travel companions will have to get out and walk and meet you on the ferry.Once on the ferry, the upper deck is an open area with seating, snacks, drinks and music. Downstairs, you’ll find a large air conditioned space with seating, more snacks and drinks. The ferry ride in total takes about an hour and a half. There are wonderful views of the Gulf of Nicoya and if you are riding in the evening, you will likely get some magical sunset colors.
Once you arrive in Paquera, again the passengers will not be allowed in the vehicle, so the driver will need to wait in the car while others walk off. The seen on the other side can seem a bit chaotic with taxis and buses waiting for people. It’s best to tell your travel companions to walk a bit ahead of the traffic so that you can pick them up. Once on your way, it’s another hour or so of driving to Montezuma!