Rincon de la Vieja National Park Tours

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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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Address: Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
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Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
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Admission: $10/person
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Guachipelin Adventure Zipline Horseback River Tubing Combo

Enjoy the thrill of this all day adventure that includes some of the best un outdoor fun. Get your adrenaline pumping with an exciting zipline tour, horseback riding through epic landscapes and tubing along a flowing river. This memorable tour includes a visit to natural hot springs, a volcanic mud bath and a full buffet lunch. It's the best way to experience the natural wonder of Costa Rica!
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Full-Day Canyon Adventure Tour From Tamarindo Beach

Swing, ride and paddle your way through Rincon de la Vieja’s volcanic foothills on a full-day trip from Tamarindo that combines four adventurous activities. Grab a harness to explore the treetops on a canopy tour, then cool off in the Río Negro while navigating white water in a raft or inner tube. Visit a nearby ranch for a traditional Costa Rican lunch, ride a hourse through a distinctive dry tropical forest, and finish your day with a soak in volcanic mud and steaming, thermal hot springs.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Rincon de la Vieja National Park One Day Adventure Pass

Explore Rincon de la Vieja National Park with a 1-day pass that includes buffet lunch, and discover the remarkable volcanic landscape at your own pace. Get the ultimate adventure experience as you go deep into the forest on a canopy tour, then take an inner tube down the Río Negro, slip into a steaming thermal pool and ride a horse through the park. Enjoy full access and total independence to design your own experience.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Combo Tour: Canopy, Water Slide, Hot Spring and Horseback Ride at Rincon de la Vieja Volcano

Explore the forested foothills of Rincon de la Vieja volcano with a full day combination tour from Tamarindo, and swing, slide and ride through the park’s scenic landscape. Get a bird’s-eye view of the forest floor as you travel from treetop to treetop on a canopy tour, then launch down a 1,200-foot (400-mt) water slide. Pause for lunch before riding a horse to a natural spa, and spend the rest of your day rolling in mineral-rich volcanic mud and enjoying a series of steaming thermal pools.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Rincon de la Vieja Volcano Adventure Tour

The best of Costa Rica’s wildlife adventures await on this private tour in Rincon de la Vieja from Papagayo Gulf. Head to Costa Rica’s famous Rincon de la Vieja volcano for a day packed with rain forest activities including horseback riding, a zipline canopy tour, and thermal hot springs. In addition to all activities and entrance fees, this tour includes a traditional Costa Rican lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Rincon de La Vieja Volcano Hike

Hike to the edge of a steaming caldera on a full-day trip to Rincón de La Vieja volcano, where bubbling mud, sulfurous ponds and simmering lagoons are warmed by underground activity. Follow your local guide on a 2-hour hike along the mountainside, and get an up-close look at the otherworldly features of this “gently active” volcano. Enjoy sweeping views of the Guanacaste mountain range, eat lunch inside the park, then finish your day with return transfer to your Guanacaste hotel.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full Day Borinquen Adventure Tour

This private combination tour from the Guanacaste region includes a horseback ride, zipline, and hot springs soak, so you can bring up your adrenaline with a rain forest adventure and then relax at the end of the trip. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included from most hotels along the Guanacaste coast, making transportation a cinch, and lunch is included, too, to keep you fueled throughout the day.
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hrs
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Bike Ride on Rincon de la Vieja

Rde up the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano on a bike, passing by hidden waterfalls and dense rainforest.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Hiking Tour of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park

Immerse yourself in the wild volcanic landscapes of the Rincon de la Vieja National Park on this full-day trekking tour. Set out on a moderate 3-hour hike through the jungle and keep a lookout for Howler monkeys, Capuchin monkeys, Toucans and Coatis along the way. Pass hissing fumaroles, volcanic craters and bubbling mud pools, then cool off with a swim beneath the Oropendola Waterfall. After re-fuelling with a delicious lunch of Costa Rican cuisine, enjoy a soothing soak in the hot springs and volcanic mud baths of Rio Negro.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Tubing at Canyon River, Canopy, Horseback Ride and Hot Spring Combo Tour From Playa Flamingo

Get the ultimate adrenaline fix with this action-filled combo tour and spend a full day exploring the foothills of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. First, take to the treetops for an exhilarating canopy tour, complete with high-speed zip-lines, a Tarzan Swing and a climbing wall, then float down the Rio Negro on a tube. After lunch (included), saddle up to complete your adventure with a scenic horseback ride through the forest, then finish with a relaxing mud wrap and soak in the hot springs.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Zipline, Horseback Riding, and Hot Springs Combo-Tour

Combine the best of Costa Rica vacations into a single day on this combo-tour featuring a zipline course, horseback ride, and visit to a waterfall and hot springs. Take in mountain vistas and rain forest views from a luxurious resort at the base of Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off from the Liberia area, all activities, and lunch.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Vandara Adventure Combo: Horseback Riding, Ziplining and Hot Springs

Explore the foothills of Rincon de la Vieja National Park on an adventurous full-day tour from Tamarindo that combines horseback riding, ziplining and steaming thermal hot springs into the ultimate jungle experience. Ride scenic trails to a series of ten ziplines, strap in and soar above a river and through the forest canopy. Enjoy lunch on site, launch down a 1,706-foot (520-meter) waterslide, then finish your day by rolling in mineral-rich volcanic mud and soaking in a Vandara’s hot springs.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Buena Vista Transition Forest Combo Tour

Escape to the tropical paradise of the Buena Vista Lodge for a full-day Costa Rican adventure! Fly through the treetops on a zipline, lather up with mineral-rich volcanic mud and relax in geothermal hot springs. Encounter the native wildlife of Rincon de la Vieja National Park, including monkeys and hundreds of species of birds. This combo tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off from Guanacaste plus a tasty lunch.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Full-Day Adventure: Natural Hot Spring with Mud Horseback Riding and Canopy Tour From Playa Hermosa

Experience the best of ‘pura vida’ life on an 8-hour day trip to the mountains from the Playa Hermosa area. Fly by a waterfall on a zipline course, ride a horse through the countryside, and relax in volcanic mud baths and hot springs on this small-group tour near Rincon de la Vieja National Park.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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4 Tours in 1 Action Package - Playa del Coco area

Costa Rica practically invented ecotourism, and does it perhaps better than any other country in the world. Enjoy the full spectrum of offerings, from ziplines and tubing to horseback riding and mud baths during this full-day adventure in Guanacaste Province. Epic views of Costa Rica’s largest volcano included.
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hours
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  • Duration: 6 to 8 hours
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Colorado River Adventure from Tamarindo

Get the ultimate Colorado River experience with a full-day adventure tour from Tamarindo, and explore a tropical forest, natural sauna and mud baths. Soar between the trees on a zip line, rappel and climb a riverside cliff, then then gear up for a trip down the river in a raft or inner tube. Splash and swirl your way through five miles of Class II-II rapids, stop for a rock jump and rope swing, and finish your day by rolling in warm volcanic mud and relaxing in thermal hot springs.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Visit Cortes Waterfall from Playa del Coco

Visit the spectacular Cortes Falls on a 5-hour trip from Playa del Coco that includes lunch at a restaurant near the falls, admission, and round-trip transport from your Playa del Coco hotel. Slip behind the 49-foot (15-meter) waterfall to take a natural, tropical shower, or swim from a white sand beach fringed by lush foliage. This small-group tour is limited to 10 people for a personalized experience.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Blue Volcanic River Waterfalls and Hot Springs Mud Bath Adventure in Rincon de la Vieja from Playa Flamingo

Ideal for lovers of the outdoors, this 8-hour tour of Rincon de la Vieja National Park combines rain forest hikes with the luxurious facilities of the Blue River Hotel and Hot Springs. During a morning hike, you’ll see the smoking El Rincon volcano and trek through a jungle rich with flora and fauna. Then, relax in the mud baths, natural pools, and hot springs of the Blue River Resort. Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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One Day Adventure: Natural Hot Spring with Mud Horseback Riding and Canopy Tour

Get a taste for adventure on this one-day tour that includes some of Costa Rica's top natural attractions. Ride horses over mountain passes and across open plains, and take in iconic views of Guanacaste's Pacific coastline and the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano. Then soar high above the rainforest canopy on a thrilling zipline tour that includes ten cables and waterfall views. After a day of excitement relax with a soak in natural hot springs before returning to your hotel.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Rincon de la Vieja Hiking Tour with Lunch

Explore an ancient landscape that comes alive with bubbling mud pits, steaming volcanic vents, and the screeches of howler monkeys on this hiking tour through Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Learn about the diverse habitats of Guanacaste’s tropical forests from a naturalist guide while trekking, and then recharge with a traditional Costa Rican lunch and coffee break in Liberia.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Dino Park and Blue River Resort Adventure in Rincon de la Vieja from Liberia

Combine visits to Dino Park and the Blue River Resort on this 9-hour, family-friendly excursion from Liberia. View the life-size animatronic dinosaurs at Dino Park, then explore the hot springs, waterfalls, butterfly gardens, and views of the smoking Rincon de la Vieja volcano at the Blue River Resort. Round-trip transportation from Liberia and lunch at the resort are included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Costa Rica Medicinal Plants Tour from Playa del Coco

This is a very unique tour in Guanacaste. Costa Rica is home to tens of thousands of amazing plant species, many of which are the source of modern medicines and local remedies. Medicinal plant are one of the world’s most valuable assets and the experienced guides will introduce you to both indigenous remedies and plants currently being used in modern medicine during your time on the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Volcanic Activity Hike at Rincon De La Vieja National Park

Make sure you see the volcanic activity you came for on this volcanic activity hike at Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Hike for roughly two hours on a path that takes you past geysers, mud pots, boiling water pools, and more depending on the season, ensuring an exciting time. This tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off from Liberia, all entrance fees, and lunch.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Recommended for Guanacaste and Northwest


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