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Rincon de la Vieja National Park

Rincon de la Vieja National Park

Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

The Basics

A popular destination among hikers and nature lovers, Rincon de la Vieja National Park is most easily accessed as a day trip from Liberia or the Guanacaste coast. Guided tours typically include all transportation between trailheads, rafting put-ins, and ziplining parks, plus provide the added benefit of information from a local guide.

Those wishing to visit on their own will find a number of well-marked hiking trails of varying lengths and difficulties, from the 2-mile (3-kilometer) Las Pailas Loop to the challenging 8-hour summit of Santa Maria Volcano, both with opportunities to spot wildlife like purple orchids, monkeys, and sloths. Horseback rides are also a popular way to cover more of the park's 88 square miles (228 square kilometers) in less time. Or, take it easy with a full day at one of the area's many spas and lodges, featuring therapeutic mud baths and naturally heated hot springs.

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Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja
Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja
star-4.5
$125.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great tour and day
Seeing the forest and volcanic spots with a knowledgeable guide was well worth it. We had an amazing time and saw so many cool things! Highly recommend. Don’t skip the waterfall swim, it’s invigorating!
HOLLY_B, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Guanacaste and Northwest

star-5
Awesome experience!
Jill_P, Dec 2021
Private Rincon de la Vieja Volcano Adventure Tour From Dreams Las Mareas
We had an awesome day! Carlos was an excellent tour guide. He was very attentive and accommodating. Someone in our group had mobility challenges so could not do all of the activities but he ensured she also had a great time. It was a very long day that included horseback riding, ziplining over amazing canyons, an exhilarating water slide, a great lunch, and time at the hot springs. I highly recommend this activity.
star-5
Good times!
Jenjira_S, Dec 2021
Rincon de la Vieja National Park Hike - All in ONE experience
We loved this excursion! Really neat to see the sulphur springs, hot springs, and water fall! Freddy was our guide and he was great! Very knowledgeable. Bring bug repellent!! Wear your bathing suit underneath your hiking clothes, just easier than having to stop and change. The ride up was bumpy, take anti motion sickness medication if you’re sensitive to that. Would definitely recommend this!
star-4
Very interesting
Fabia_N, Sep 2021
Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja
Had great tour guide & driver Hector & Pablo. Very knowledgeable, answered all of our questions. The pathway for the hike is mostly concrete & it's doable. I'm not a hiker, just take your time. For the waterfalls you do have to cross a hanging brige ( i skipped, lol). Hot springs is a MUST.
star-5
The Wonder, History and Beauty of Costa Rica
Diana_R, Aug 2021
Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja
The most incredible thing of the experience was how attentive and knowledgeable our guide was. Throughout the forest, we all learned the history and legends that survived time. Meeting nature and watching the harmony all around. The waterfall was simply miraculous and the hot springs were the best way to dissolve the aches that come from such an incredible hike. If anyone is searching for a full experience of wonder, history and beauty, look no further.
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Full Day of Adventure!
Amanda_B, Jan 2022
All in one Rincón de la Vieja One Day Nature Pass
Wow! What an amazing tour. Our day was perfection from the time of arrival, ease of registration, personal tour guide for a guided hike who spotted a sleeping sloth, birds, snakes, and 3 species of monkeys. The waterfall swim was an awesome refresher from the heat of the hike and lunch after was a delicious authentic Costa Rican buffet with plenty of variety and options. Then the time spent at the thermal pools was not limited and thoroughly enjoyed. We had an amazing guide who served as informer and also our personal photographer. He went above and beyond to make our day awesome!
star-5
Great day
Tamara_C, Jul 2021
Rincon de la Vieja National Park Hike - All in ONE experience
Great day exploring. We were able to see and do so much. Freddy was friendly and so knowledgeable. The perfect guide. Thank you!
star-5
Good time, beautiful views of nature, and just the right length.
Josh_B, Aug 2021
Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja
The mud bath and hot springs were unique. The waterfall portion of the experience was beautiful and jumping off the rocks was fun (be prepared, the water is cold). We saw some white-faced monkeys and several different types of pretty birds, along with fantastic scenery and cool features of the volcano. Also, it is an easy hike - not demanding but good exercise. Our family had a great time.
star-5
Great tour
LisaKristin_X, Aug 2021
Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja
It was an amazing experience. Kevyn was a great tour guide and knows a lot about local wildlife. The food at the restaurant was also really good.
star-5
Everything “Pura Vida” on this tour!
Alex_G, Jan 2021
Hiking to the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park Private Tour
The ideal private tour! Started off with our hotel pickup, right on time and in a comfortable transport van with AC. Samuel was our driver, he was incredibly careful in driving and also very friendly (even gave us tips of where to get the best prices on souvenirs!). Marvin was our tour guide, he introduced himself as our “best friend for the day”! Very conversational and friendly throughout the trip, and highly knowledgeable about all the nature & wildlife. Knew right off hand the names of the species of all the animals we saw, as well as the plant life and the history around all the areas we visited. He speaks great English, we traded teaching each other new conversational phrases throughout the day. The trip location was great - got to see rainforest, dry forest, volcanic mud pits, geysers, and got to swim at the Oropendola waterfall! Hike was moderately easy, Marvin definitely kept at our pace - oh, and he was incredibly thoughtful with the Covid protocols! Had mask on, sanitizer ready, and gave us space if we had to take a breather during the hike. Lunch was great, solid restaurant with good preparation of the Costa Rican typical lunch. Stopped by a coffee and souvenir shop on the way back to the hotel (wasn’t originally on the itinerary, so it was very cool they did that). All in all, great experience and would highly recommend Green Life Tours! Pura vida!
star-5
Amazing Experience
Benjamin_F, Jul 2021
Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja
Our driver and tour guide Paulo and Ronnie were great! They made sure we got the most out of our day. We got to swim in waterfalls, take a mud bath, bathe in hot springs, and hike around the volcano. This was an amazing experience.
star-5
Great experience
Quianna_Y, Apr 2021
Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja
Had a great time and learned so much. It was a very long day our guide and driver (Ranny and William) were both awesome! Ranny made sure to remind everyone about keeping their masks on and there were hand washing stations at every stop, so it felt Covid-19 safe. It was definitely exhausting for someone who had never hiked before, but I enjoyed it.
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Hike/Watwrfall/Hot Spring oh my!
Karina_H, Oct 2021
Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja
We were picked up from our resort by a guy in a small Susuki. It was a little sketchy at first because we weren’t told we were getting picked up by a car. There was another tourist in the car, so we decided to trust and get in the car. We were taken to El Jardín, which is a souvenir/restaurant stop to meet the rest of out tour group. We had a little bit of time to get some breakfast and look at the souvenirs. Be warned that the food at the restaurant isn’t good. Save yourself some money and just drink coffee at your hotel. Once we were on the road, it took about an hour to get to the base of the volcano. We went on a 2 hour walk/hike around the volcano crater and stopped at various points. Our tour guide, Gustavo, was very knowledgeable about the ecology and volcano. A short walk after the hike from the tour van was the waterfall. You have to walk about 10 minutes to the waterfall and pass a hanging bridge. The water at the waterfall is cold, but we’ll worth it. It a bit rocky at the bottom so if you have water shoes, keep them on. There’s a point in the waterfall where you can jump from, excellent pictures. Lunch was after, we went to a restaurant that’s part of the National Park. Food is served buffet style, but food was pretty good. They served fresh watermelon juice which was excellent. Last part of the tour is to drive down to the hot spring, you also walk about 5-10 minutes to the spot. The tour guide will it explain that each hot spring is at different temperatures, there’s about 9 different pools. After you’ve relaxed in the hot spring for about 40 minutes, you can do some mudding. There’s some showers there to wash it off. Overall, very good experience. Because we went during this time of year, nothing was crowded and we didn’t have to wait for anything.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Be sure to bring swimwear.

  • If hiking, wear good shoes appropriate for loose gravel and rugged terrain.

  • Hikers must check in with one of the two ranger stations.

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How to Get There

The park is most easily accessed by private transportation or as part of a guided tour from the Guanacaste region. It also makes an ideal day trip from Liberia, a large city located just 40 minutes away by car. Buses, taxis, and shuttles also run from Liberia.

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When to Get There

Rincon de La Vieja National Park is open year-round, except Mondays. Dry season, which typically falls between December and April, is the recommended time to visit, as the trails are dry and it’s easiest to spot wildlife gathering at water sources. Easter (Holy Week) and Christmas are peak times for locals to visit, and the park may be very crowded.

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Volcano Time

The park is composed of two volcanoes: the active Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and the dormant Santa Maria Volcano. Fuming steam vents are a sign of the active volcano’s lingering volcanic activity, while the rich biodiversity allowed by the fertile volcanic soil gave rise to a rare tropical dry forest.

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