Santa Fe National Park Tours

Santa Fe National Park

I love exploring Santa Fe National Park, and it seems around every corner, bend in the trail, there is another AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL view, waterfall or stream.  On our hiking tours, we have split our descriptions between our “All Day Hikes” described below  (6+ hours)  and our  “Short Hikes“.

All Day Hikes

This season, we are offering two all day hikes,  both are strenuous, and both based on what we love best about the area.  The National Park River and Jungle Trek is a true backcountry experience, hiking off trail, through a river and primary forest to arrive at one of the highest falls we know of in the area.  The Rural Landscapes to Rainforest takes people from a rural community through farmland to the beautiful National Park to a remote fall.  Lunch is included in both trips. In our all-day hikes Lunch and Transportation is included.

National Park River and Jungle Trek

Description: This is perhaps my favorite hike of all time – it has a sense of true exploration about it.  Travel with us by car through the Rainforest of Santa Fe National Park.  Hike up a jungle river, climbing over boulders, wading through knee to waist deep water for 1-2 hours, then cut across a steep forested hill to arrive at one of the most beautiful remote waterfalls with two clear pools.

We will enjoy a swim and packed lunch at the falls.

This is not a developed tourist zone and we are off trail most of the time. We limit group size to 6 people or less.

Duration:  7 hours

Start Time: 9AM, unless otherwise arranged

Cost: $85 per person, packed lunch included

Know Before You Go:

The hike is moderately difficult to strenuous depending on your personal movement limitations.  We will be scrambling over boulders, crossing rivers, and hiking short, steep slopes.  This is not recommended for those with movement limitations or children under the age of 12.  Since we will be traveling though the rainforest, and rain is common, please be aware that rain does not cancel your reservation unless we feel that the conditions are unsafe.  (Please see Terms and Conditions)  If the river is flowing fast, we will take an alternate route to minimize river crossings.

What to Bring:

Participants should bring water or a water filter.

 

Rural Landscapes to Rainforest, Santa Fe National Park


Description:  Want an unforgettable experience with a little rainforest and a little culture?  Here it is.  Travel with us by car to the last village and the beginning of the National Park.  We then hike for 5 hours round trip on a moderately difficult footpath through an isolated community, their hillside farmland and into the National Park to reach the waterfall.  On our way back, we have a traditional homemade lunch in the outside patio of a local home.

Your guide grew up in the village, trapping and hunting.  He has excellent Spanish and limited English.

This is not a developed “tourist” zone, and we limit our groups  to 8 people or less.

Duration:  6-7 hours

Start Time: 9AM, unless otherwise arranged

Cost: $65 pp

Know Before You Go:

The hike is moderately difficult.  We will be going up in elevation, and the path is muddy.  This is not recommended for those with movement limitations or small children.  Since we will be traveling though the rainforest, and rain is common, please be aware that rain does not cancel your reservation unless we feel that the conditions are unsafe.  (Please see Terms and Conditions)

This hike requires river crossings.  During sudden rainstorms, the water level can rise to be unsafe to cross.  If conditions are unsafe, we will shorten the hike.

What to Bring:

-Shoes.  The trail will be muddy- and I mean rainforest muddy.  We have black, rubber boots to lend in sizes 36-46, if you wish to wear them.

-Water.

-Please leave valuables behind and be aware I have lost three cell phones to water damage on these hikes.

Social Responsibility:

To get to the falls, we will be traveling through a traditional village – allowed there by the community members.

Imagine that you live 60 years ago in a small farming community in your home country, no electricity, no cars.   Every so often, a group of 7ft tall foreigners drive through your town, and stop and point at your kids and take pictures of them and your home.

Yes. We’re kind of like that.  In order to limit our obnoxiousness, we ask the following:

– Please remember people are living their lives.  Please do not take pictures in town of people, especially children, nor close ups of people’s homes.  We don’t even think it appropriate to ask, much less offer money for the priveledge. Feel free to take pictures outside of town of the landscape and natural beauty.

-We may be meeting a guide who lives in the area, stopping at his home and stopping to eat lunch.  Please do feel free to take pictures at his home and during lunch.