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Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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  • 10 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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.
  • Full-day hiking tour of the Rincon de la Vieja National Park
  • Embark on a 3-hour hike past mud pots, fumaroles and volcanic craters
  • Spot Howler and Capuchin monkeys in their natural environment
  • Swim beneath the Oropendola Waterfall
  • Tuck into a typical Costa Rican lunch
  • Enjoy a soothing soak in the volcanic mud bath of Rio Negro
  • Moderate hike is suitable for all abilities
  • Small-group tour ensures a personalized experience

What's Included

  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • National Park fees
  • Gratuities

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Pickup details

Self Drive to Adventure Park: 8:45 AM @ Hacienda Guachipelin Hacienda Pinilla/JW Marriott: 6:00 AM (please let reception or security know we are coming to pick you up) Langosta/Tamarindo Hotels, Condos, Apartments, Houses: 6:30 AM Conchal, Brasilito, Flamingo, Potrero Hotels, Condos, Apartments, Houses: 6:30 AM Catalinas: 6:15 AM ($50 extra per booking, not per customer) RIU Hotels MAIN SECURITY GATE: 6:45 AM (bring copy of passport) Playas del Coco Hotels, Condos, Houses: 7:20 AM Playa Hermosa & Playa Panama Hotels, Condos Houses (Occidental Papagayo, Secrets Papagayo, Villas Sol, Condovac, Mangroove): 7:30 AM Liberia Peri Supermarket: 7:45 AM Andaz, Four Seasons, Planet Hollywood: 7:00 AM ($50 extra per booking, not per customer) Pick up times are an estimate.  Please be ready at the specified time but it may take us up to 20 minutes longer depending on that days pick up schedule and traffic.

What To Expect

Province of Guanacaste (Pass By)

Playa Conchal (Pass By)

Playa Flamingo (Pass By)

Tamarindo Beach (Pass By)

Tamarindo (Pass By)

Playas del Coco (Pass By)

Playa Hermosa (Pass By)

Playa Panama (Pass By)

Sardinal (Pass By)

Playa Matapalo (Pass By)

Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Oropendola Warterfall

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Rio Negro Hot Springs

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Las Catalinas (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Use "Special Requirements" field upon checkout to advise dietary information
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required, if you are a solo traveler please contact us
  • If you do not need transportation, please meet us at the entrance of the National Park at 8:30 am.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The hike was amazing, exactly what I expected from Costa Rica rainforest. Humongous trees and lush foliage, Ivan, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable on the flora and fauna. We saw iguanas, monkeys, a baby eyelash viper, and a wild pig. The volcano area was a completely different microclimate, it’s insane how quickly it went from rain forest to almost desert. The waterfall and the mud baths were great as well. Overall, it was worth every penny, would recommend and repeat any day.


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They were very...
Christine_G, May 2023
They were very accommodating, as we added pickup at the last moment. The guides were very knowledgeable. Highly recommend this company.
Great full day family hike
Ecaterina_D, May 2023
The hike was amazing, exactly what I expected from Costa Rica rainforest. Humongous trees and lush foliage, Ivan, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable on the flora and fauna. We saw iguanas, monkeys, a baby eyelash viper, and a wild pig. The volcano area was a completely different microclimate, it’s insane how quickly it went from rain forest to almost desert. The waterfall and the mud baths were great as well. Overall, it was worth every penny, would recommend and repeat any day.
The Perfect Day!
Nicole_M, May 2023
SO worth it!! The hike was very substantial through different climates and we saw a lot of animals in their natural habitats! The waterfall was perfection and you can actually swim in it unlike Rio Celeste. The perfect ending was the natural hot springs and some hanging bridges. Kevin and Jose were the best guides we could ask for! Pura Vida!
You have to do this!
betterthanok, May 2023
This is a fabulous combo. Our guide, Hector, was the best! He provided amazing detail of everything we saw - from the killer trees to the volcano and boiling mud pots to termite nests and so much more. You don't want to miss this one!
Hit but worth it
Mistie_H, May 2023
Hike was rated as a 7 but was really about a 4-5. Very nice hike on well done gravel and concrete paths. A lot of vertical up and downs but well worth doing and seeing all the wildlife. Waterfall was beautiful and very refreshing after the hike. Hot Springs were also great. Overall an excellent trip with a very knowledgeable guide Kevin.
great experience
Joseph_M, May 2023
The hike through Rincon de La Vieja was great — our guide, Kevin, was knowledgeable about wildlife and always had his eyes open for things to demonstrate to the group. He had a wealth of information and enhanced the experience by giving us background on the species we encountered, the ecosystems around us, the mythology of rincon de la vieja, and the volcano itself. Oropendola waterfall was gorgeous and the rope bridges and the ability to swim under the falls added to the sense of adventure. The absolute highlight was the hot springs — I wished we’d had a bit more time there because it was so pleasant. This was a great tour with an informative and friendly guide. Our driver José also did a great job — he was friendly, the ride was smooth and he was prepared with water when we needed it.
Discovering Costa Rica. Great times!
Myriam_B, Apr 2023
The volcano hike wasn't really a volcano hike... It was a hike in both the wet and dry forest. The waterfall swim and hot springs were absolutely highlights of my trip. This comes highly recommended!! Do not expect to come back at scheduled time in any if the excursions you do. give yourself a buffer if you have dinner reservations. Pura Vida!
Informative tour with Ivan!
Sherry_B, Apr 2023
Our guide Ivan was super knowledgeable and gave us an excellent tour!! It’s a long day - about 12 hours with the pick ups, but there is a morning stop for coffee and plenty of stops for bathrooms. I strongly recommend water shoes that you can slip on once you get to the waterfalls, as the bottom was hard on the feet. We didn’t go in the hot pools, but cooled off in the river, and again the rocks were a bit slippery, so water shoes would help. Nice day!
Seeing the mud pots was...
Stephanie_S, Apr 2023
Seeing the mud pots was amazing and Alfie was a wealth of knowledge. The hot springs were so fun. Well worth it.
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Waterfall after volcano hike
Bryant_L, Apr 2023
It was adventurous. Guide got us there quickly and safely. The food at our lunch stop was yummy. He was courteous
Great all day tour
Brie_G, Apr 2023
We had a great day on this tour! Before booking, I really wanted to know what the day would look like, so I am sharing that here. Our family of 9 (5 adults, 4 kids-- ranging from age 7 to 77) got picked up at our vacation rental in Langosta at 6:30am and then picked up several more people in Tamarindo. We drove 45 min to a breakfast place where we stopped for 15-20 min. Honestly breakfast was not great. Then we were on our way again for about 90 min to the national park. FYI we never changed busses and our guide, Hugo, was with us from pick up until the end of the day. We arrived at the hike around 9:30am and, honestly, the morning was the only part of the tour that could have been improved for our family-- the fact that it was 3 hours from pick up to getting started- we could have used an extra hour of sleep! We all really enjoyed the hike and it was not too difficult for our group (again, 7-77) but just know that it includes a lot of stairs. We saw monkeys, a small capybara, a snake, and some cool volcanic activity. Next we stopped at a little shop where we could buy drinks or ice cream and changed into swimsuits. Next there was a short hike to the waterfall which included a very cool hanging bridge staircase that I didn't expect. The waterfall was pretty and very cold. Next back on the bus to go to the hot springs. Another 10 minute hike to the hot springs where they provided little bowls of mud to put on your body if you wanted. I wish we could have spent a little more time here. FYI the hot springs provided towels. Finally, we went to lunch at around 2:30pm (I suggest packing some snacks, especially with kids). Lunch is a buffet at a restaurant with lots of other folks on other tours and it was decent and included. Last stop was a large gift store that was actually pretty nice and our kids picked up a few items. We were home around 5:30pm. It was a long 11 hour day but we all enjoyed it and would highly recommend the experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Worst experience ever!
Ron_p, Mar 2023
Horrible experience from the start. Charged extra $50US for pick up, still can’t find where says this and three agents never mentioned. Pick up 20 min late due to flat, old broken down vehicle with diesel smell. Guide always way ahead! Private tour sucked! Waste of money!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Our guide Jorje was...
Laura_S, Mar 2023
Our guide Jorje was wonderful and knowledgeable. I would strongly recommend bringing swim shoes for the waterfall and hot springs!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great day!
Judy_K, Mar 2023
Really enjoyable day! Our tour guide switched up the order of events a bit and am so glad he did. Places weren't too crowded. The hikes was just right in terms of difficulty and our guide was really knowledgeable.
Great guide and bus driver. Must see waterfall!
Penny_L, Mar 2023
This was a great hike and the excursions to the waterfall was simply amazing. Hot Springs was cool too, and a great way to end the day. Our driver and tour guide were wonderful. From a hiking/walking standpoint, we logged over 7 miles total. The lunch was well organized and good too. Biggest heads up to anyone contemplating this excursion, is be prepared to be on a bus for a big piece of time. I might suggest taking some Dramamine and bringing some snacks. The ride in and out of the park is a bit bumpy. From JW Marriott we left at 5:45 AM, and we’re dropped back off at 8:30 at night. The excision itself lasted from about 9:00 AM - 4:15PM. The way home, we ran into heavy standstill traffic. Nobody’s fault, just the reality of the trip. I would certainly do it again, but wish I was more prepared lengthy for the bus ride.
Great way to spend the day!
Jessica_E, Mar 2023
Overall wonderful day meeting new people and having fun adventures. I really enjoyed walking over the suspended bridge to the waterfall and the mud baths. I wish that the hike would have been more of a workout and maybe less time but it was still great to see the volcanic activity. Lunch was so good with a ton of different foods to choose from.
Recommend as a must do!
Varvara_R, Feb 2023
We visited on Feb 24. Everything in this experience was great. All logistics with transportation were well organized. The guide very knowledgeable and provided tons of very interesting information. We saw some impressive natural phenomenon as fumaroles, boiling water, boiling mud; spotted some wildlife; visited two types of tropical forest (humid ans dry). The waterfalls experience was also awesome. Such a beautiful out of paradise place with crystal clear water. Thermal sources with mud body mask option wasa perfect way to finish it. We did the experience with a 8year old who does not like hiking and it was good for him, he made it with no issues, so not a hard hike. So highly recommend this tour. Oh and last, the fact that the group is limited to 15 people is also an advantage as you get a more personalized experience. I saw much larger groups on the trail and you could tell it was not the same. Pura Vida!
Nina_R, Feb 2023
This was a decent tour to get a lot in for the day. I did it as a day trip from Playa del Coco. There isnt much to do there so this trip was entertaining for the day. They forgot to pick me up but they did quickly fix that. The hike in the park is very easy and we saw monkeys but if you’re driving here yourself you don’t need a guide at all. The waterfall was so pretty and the hot springs were nice! At the end there was a stop at a touristy shop that was totally unnecessary. If you were to do this alone you would prob pay more between the fees and a rental car depending how many people you’re splitting the car with. So overall it was worth it so you don’t need worry about how to get anywhere.
Hike, volcanoes, monkeys, water fall and mud baths - must do!
Cheryl_D, Feb 2023
Great experience. Started with a 1 1/2-2 hour hike, time to change clothes the a short hike to swim in the water fall. After lunch another short hike to the amazing mud baths, an experience that didn’t disappoint. Highly recommend if you have the time.
Phil_C, Feb 2023
This was an experience of a lifetime and truly worth every penny. Our guide Santos was amazing and taught us so much. He elevated the experience each and every time he had an opportunity. The hiking was def a workout but was a nice break from laying around the pool all day haha. The hot springs and mud bath were excellent and oh so refreshing. We saw a Sloth, Spider Monkeys, and a cool community of leaf cutter Ants. The lunch was at a fabulous restaurant and was a total surprise. Even the gift shop at the end was awesome. Do not hesitate to book this excursion
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