Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Province of Guanacaste

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Explore the volcanic geological features and tropical forests of Rincon de La Vieja National Park, a 14,084 hectare (34,800 acre) national park. Two active and one dormant volcano dominate the landscape here, and provide the main focal points for a range of hikes. The park protects areas of montane and dwarf cloud forest, as well as an extensive diversity of wildlife, including sloths, tapirs, pumas, jaguars, and howler and spider monkeys. Note that crater climbs on the two active volcanoes may not be allowed at the time of your visit; check in advance. In that case, surrounding fumaroles and hot springs add more than enough excitement to the adventure. Plan to visit Rincon de La Vieja National Park and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Rincon de La Vieja attractions using our Rincon de La Vieja travel itinerary maker.
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  • Last year the park was closed when we went to visit; this year just the trail to the crater was closed due to activity the previous week. We went on the short trail first, then part of the longer trai...  more »
  • All we saw was the Blue River Tour but we saw three toucans and a sloth as well as leafcutter ants and a wide variety of trees. I was a great experience.  more »
  • We went away on a half-day excursion and had with lunch package from the great. We went inward facing the volcano in rugged terrain easily and got to see the volcanoes in the activity and not to mention the smell of sulfur and featured on the hot steam that rose from the ground.
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  • I stayed here with 3 friends. The staff was very helpful, friendly, and spoke good English. The rooms were clean, had air conditioning, and hot showers! The breakfast included coffee, juice, fruit, eggs, beans and rice, toast, and plantains. The activities offered were a lot of fun. We did the day package and truly enjoyed it. Our guide was professional and funny. Great place to go as a couple or with kids.
  • Beautiful mountainous and volcanic site, with lots of hiking trails, some with sulfur and mud pots, and some with deep forest environments and waterfalls. It's not difficult to get to, and the road is actually usable even without a 4x4. This is a place where we did not actually hire a guide. We hiked the short trails with volcanic sites in the morning, and then took the long (4 hours!) waterfall trail in the afternoon. The park is high enough in the mountains that the temperature is actually cool (but not cold), even at noon.
  • Fantastic experience for the whole family! No need to pay for a tour...just rent a car and use waze or Google maps to get to Las Plaisas ranger station. Costs $15/adult and $5/child (for non Costa Rican citizens). Also bring local Colons for a toll gate on the way up (700 CRCs per person). Hike one of the waterfalls and the mud pots for sure.
  • Great hiking and amazing Vistas. A must-see when in Guanacaste.
  • Great place for a change of pace of Costa Rican flora and fauna. It's worth leaving the rain and cloudforests for a peak at volcanic features like bubbling mud pots, fumeroles, steaming lagoons, and more. The loop trail is an easy two to three hour stroll (closer to three and a half if your wife takes roughly 700 pictures).