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  • Address: Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
  • Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Admission: $10/person

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Rincon de la Vieja National Park Tours

Rincon de La Vieja National Park is one of the country’s most diverse ecological areas. Surrounding two volcanoes, Rincon (active) and Santa Maria (dormant), the park is also home to an extraordinary display of local flora and fauna, while being a part of the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste World Heritage site.

While the plant life is impressive on its own, especially considering the enormous concentration of purple orchids here, it’s the concentration of volcanoes that really wows visitors. The Rincon de La Vieja volcano gave rise to the park’s name and contains nine separate but contiguous craters. It is one of the largest of the five volcanoes in the Guanacaste region and is believed to be over a million years old. Despite being considered active, it has not erupted since the early 1980s.

The park does see a lot of volcanic activity, including vents, fumaroles and boiling mud pots and has at least 32 rivers that flow down its sides. There are a number of nature trails for guests, with some reserved for very experienced hikers. The most popular is the 2.5-mile La Pailas trail, which takes about two to three hours and is great for spotting wildlife, flora, waterfalls and traces of volcanic activity. More ambitious hikers can spend eight hours hiking to the Santa Maria crater's summit, from where you can see Lake Nicaragua on a clear day.

Practical Info

Rincon de La Vieja National Park is open year-round and is closed on 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.  Be sure to bring swimwear and shoes appropriate for loose gravel and rugged terrain. Hikers are only allowed to complete one hiking trail at a time and must check in with the ranger station to avoid initiating a search. 

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Guachipelin Adventure Zipline Horseback River Tubing Combo, Tamarindo, null
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Guachipelin Adventure Zipline Horseback River Tubing Combo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 60 Reviews

The best all day adventure combo on Rincon de la Vieja Volcano that includes ziplining, horseback riding, river tubing, full buffet lunch, hot springs, and ...  Read more

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Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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Hiking Tour of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park, Tamarindo, Ziplines
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Hiking Tour of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

A full day tour exploring the flora, fauna and natural wonders of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park. The day consists of a moderate 2-hour hike where ...  Read more

Location: Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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Rincon de la Vieja Hiking Adventure with Lunch, Playa Hermosa, Hiking & Camping
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Rincon de la Vieja Hiking Adventure with Lunch

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Visit Cortes Waterfall from Playa del Coco, Liberia, Hiking & Camping
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Visit Cortes Waterfall from Playa del Coco

Discovering Cortes Falls is a bit like entering paradise. Covering an area around 15 meters high by 15 meters wide, the waterfall is considered among the most ...  Read more

Location: Liberia, Costa Rica
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Full Day Borinquen Adventure Tour, Liberia, Nature & Wildlife
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Full Day Borinquen Adventure Tour

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Location: Liberia, Costa Rica
Duration: Flexible

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Private Rincon de la Vieja Volcano Adventure Tour, Liberia, Day Trips
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Private Rincon de la Vieja Volcano Adventure Tour

It is a world full of adventure and adrenaline, complemented with the tranquility of the thermal waters, saunas and baths of volcanic mud in a primary forest ...  Read more

Location: Liberia, Costa Rica
Duration: Flexible

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Volcanic Activity Hike at Rincon De La Vieja National Park, Liberia, Nature & Wildlife
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Volcanic Activity Hike at Rincon De La Vieja National Park

This is where you can see the biggest volcanic activity around the active volcano. It’s a circular trail that takes around 2hrs to make the whole loop. During ...  Read more

Location: Liberia, Costa Rica
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Rincon de La Vieja Volcano Hike, Liberia, Hiking & Camping
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Rincon de La Vieja Volcano Hike

Take a hike tour to the Rincon de La Vieja Volcano that is known to be 'gently active'. Explore the surrounding area and see the bubbling water lagoons, steamy ...  Read more

Location: Liberia, Costa Rica
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.00
Rincon de la Vieja National Park One Day Adventure Pass, Liberia, Hiking & Camping
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Rincon de la Vieja National Park One Day Adventure Pass

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Fill your day at Rincón de la Vieja with adventure and Costa Rica’s pure nature with the One Day Adventure Pass.

Location: Liberia, Costa Rica
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Combo Tour: Canopy, Water Slide, Hot Spring and Horseback Ride at Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, ... 
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Combo Tour: Canopy, Water Slide, Hot Spring and Horseback Ride at Rincon de la Vieja Volcano

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Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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