Tucked away in the Northern Guanacaste Province, the Rincon de la Vieja National Park was created in 1972 and protects over thirty streams and rivers that have their source there.
Everywhere you go you’ll hear the rush of hidden cascades and murmuring brooks. The park is named after the legend of an indigenous Chorotega girl whose disapproving father threw her lover into the crater of the volcano. Mourning her lost love she became a recluse on the mountaintop, where she developed healing powers. It is thought that these powers are now present in the volcanic hot-springs that flow from the mountain and are one of the major draws of the region.
Costa Rica’s countryside and cowboy culture
Guanacaste is a true country wonderland with dry and tropical forests and herding pastures of grazing cows and Sabaneros (the local cowboys). You can see children play on the street and grandmas on their porch in their rocking chairs as you go through quiet, sleepy villages. The distance and serenity of the country are interesting, but things are not so peaceful under the surface of the earth. The volcano of Rincon is always steamed and rumbled down, with hidden volcanoes and several volcanic ponds and mudpots spitting amongst the forests. The region can be enjoyed in many respects, from adventurous hikes, recalls, hiking and canopy rides to calming horse rides, gentle walks and hot springs.
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Rincon de la Vieja
Hike to the Volcano
If you are ready for a challenge, then take on the Las Pailas Trail near the entrance of the National Park to hike to the volcano’s crater. There is a 2.5-hour version of the trail for a less extreme hike, which leads you to waterfalls, hissing volcanic mud pots, and natural hot springs.
Have a relaxing and thrilling tubing experience in Rincon de la Vieja. Enjoy bouncing and splashing your way down gentle Class II and III rapids in a crystal clear river. There are several quiet pools and calm water where you’ll be able to appreciate the surrounding beautiful tropical scenery.
Feel the adrenaline rush of flying through the treetops and zip-lining your way across canyons in Rincon de la Vieja. Experiencing a canopy zip line is a fast, exciting, and unforgettable adventure that is a must-do during your stay in Rincon de la Vieja.
Saddle up! You can enjoy the beautiful dry-tropical scenery outside the National Park like a true Sabanero (local cowboy) on a horseback riding excursion. The horses used for riding on are well-preserved, uniform, clean, and well educated, making it suitable for kids and beginners and seasoned riders.
Volcanic Hot Springs & Mud Bath
Natural Spa Day! The thermal hot springs in Rincón de La Vieja are just as beautiful as relaxing. Heated naturally by the Volcano, you’ll be able to unwind in the peace and quiet of your surroundings. Later on, get muddy and soak away your troubles—the ancient Chorotega Indian ritual of a volcanic mud bath.
Rio Celeste Waterfalls
Admire the breathtaking beauty of the turquoise blue Rio Celeste Waterfalls at the nearby Tenorio Volcano National Park. Plunging 64 ft. down into an incredibly sky blue, almost turquoise pool of water below, Rio Celeste is a natural, beautiful, and hidden wonderland!
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Best times to visit Rincón de la Vieja
Rincon de la Vieja’s green season is one of the best periods (May to November). This is the most active moment for the volcanic fountains and boiling mud pots. Typically the crater is in a cloud on the flipside, so it’s not the safest time to walk uphill.
HOW TO GET THERE
Rincon de la Vieja is located close, about an hours drive to Costa Rica’s second international airport Liberia. Rincon de la Vieja can be reached easily by road from san Jose (about 5 hours) as well as the pacific coast (Tamarindo), Arenal and Monteverde.
The road is asphalted all the way to the lodges in Rincon de la Vieja and the drive is easy.
The best way to get around Rincon de la Vieja is if you have your own car, you can visit easily the hot springs and the National Park and the roads are beautiful to drive. if you arrived with a shuttle, the only way to visit the hot springs or the national park is by booking a tour through your lodge.
WHERE TO STAY
Accommodation in Rincon de la Vieja is limited and most of the accommodation are lodges, there is one 3-star superior lodge and some comfort lodges. Most lodges offer food and excursions as well.
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