Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Province of Guanacaste

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. Put Rincon de La Vieja National Park at the forefront of your travel plans using our Rincon de La Vieja route planner.
map
Create an itinerary including Rincon de La Vieja National Park

(Rincon de La Vieja is the nearest city to Rincon de La Vieja National Park)

Rincon de La Vieja National Park Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
508 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • October 3, 2017
    We have done the short walk, about 1.5 hours walk and is good to do. You will pass a waterfall and several volcanic phenomena; bubbling mud pools and steaming waterholes. Especially to see and you can smell the sulphur. Not many animals. Admission was $15 pp. We paid to the private road to go 700 colonnes pp.
    View original
  • September 30, 2017
    We were at the end of September on a Tuesday in the rainy season there, so there was accordingly a few visitors in the NP. We arrived at 10 o'clock on the new input Centre (really brand new toilets available u clean, drink sales have we not seen), and before us only about 30 people had registered in the list. We have gone the easy route of Sendero Pailas (3.5 km) without a guide and have used it from the park entrance and back just under 1.5 hours. We are but almost gone through were not longer than 2 minutes at the 6 hotspots and not stopped looking after animals. There was no explanation signs at the hotspots that are missing really. Without a guide, you can here learn nothing. The paths were newly designed and well built. Beautiful NP, keeps what he promises and no longer. Very few visitors during our trip. To explore well even when it rains. Some wheel-chair.
    View original
  • September 29, 2017
    We drove to the park using GPS in our rental car. It was easy to find. There is a toll booth before the entrance that charges 700 colones per person. Don't forget to bring cash for the toll! The trail...  more »

Plan your trip to Province of Guanacaste

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Rincon de La Vieja

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Province of Guanacaste by other users

25 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM ITALY December, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 11 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM CANADA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM CANADA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM CANADA February, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: February, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM COSTA RICA November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM AUSTRIA January, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, teens, relaxing, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: December, teens, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, teens, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: December, teens, outdoors, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Central America BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, outdoors, romantic, beaches, wildlife, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 22 days in Central America BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, outdoors, romantic, beaches, wildlife, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans