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.
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  • This park is such a special and beautiful place, especially if you are a nature lover. It is a unique combination of tropical dry forest and rainforest, so you get to see cactus-like plants, volcanos,...  more »
  • After 3 km drive from the lodge to get to entrance national park. For this you pay $15 pp. Unfortunately the hike to the crater shutting down due to impending activity. The 2 hour walk (5 km back and 5 km back) run to the cangreja waterfall. This is the free spirited walk, where you go up and down and the last part over rocks. Once arrived at the waterfall this is a beautiful place to eat and take photos. Upon your return, still the 3.3 km done where you walk on a landscaped path runs and so a lot more relaxed. Here you Sulfur Lakes (small craters) against. Absolutely impressive to see. The smoke and sulfur smell comes as your face within! All in all, Sun 15 km run. Then enjoyed at the hotsprings!
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  • WOW! that place! First we visited the waterfall "La cangreja". On the road wet and dry forest you go through... is crazy how it changes from one moment to the other vegetation. The waterfall is very beautiful, bathing ah {i is prohibited however there are many people who do...} The hike is demanding but not impossible... The sector of "Las Pailas" I love! the way this super neat and fumaroles are all the awards. It was the only Park in the CR that we had to record and present the Passport. It was certainly CRque Park more like us!
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  • Don't miss this place. Rain forest, dry forest, animals, volcanic activities, waterfalls. Unfortunatly hiking to the top is not possible due to active volcano. But still you can do hiking on the open trails. To visit waterfalls make sure to get there early. That hike is an all day activiti.
  • Highly recommended national park. You get to see volcanic activities (boiling mud baths, hot springs, volcanito), dry tropical forest, rain forest, interesting flora and fauna (including monkeys), and waterfalls. Driving to the park can be tricky with a car, but an SUV should be fine. Must see for everyone visiting Guanacaste.
  • This is great national park, with excellent hiking trails, good looking volcano as a backdrop, tons of active things to do, including related to volcanic activities. Think hot springs, mud baths, etc, etc..
  • Breathtaking! We hired a local guide, Marbin. He's awesome! We met him at the visitor'center. He told us about things we wouldn't have learned. He pointed out wildlife and led us through the park and even took our picture.That's him behind me!
  • This is a really interesting place. The temperature drops considerably here. You start out in lush rainforest. All sorts of interesting plants and animals. Then, it abruptly changes from rainforest to dry forest. The temperature increases noticeably in a very short distance. Then you come upon all of the volcanic activity. Really cool.... But smelly. The sulphur is pervasive. I didn't mind it, but my daughter found it a bit much. After walking for a little while, you're back into the rainforest again. The temp drops again, and you see even more volcanic activity.... And monkeys. There are also some beautiful waterfalls here. All in all, it was a very memorable experience.
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