Any suggestions? Hi Mimi, I believe the park is open (it may be closed Christmas Day though). Catarata Escondida is smaller and isn’t quite as “sparkly” (the Cangreja waterfall is known as the blue lagoon). Even though it is dry for much of the year, there are dozens of beautiful rivers and a handful of stunning waterfalls, offering unique woodland scenery and landscapes. Finally, do you happen to know if the park will be open on Easter? Hi Mindy, I’m not sure where the Vida Aventura nature park is exactly, looks like it’s around Bagaces. Looking for a great trail in Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Guanacaste? The Rincon de la Vieja National Park entrance fee is $16.95 USD for adult foreigners and $5.65 USD for children ages 6-12. Hi we will be in the area during Christmas Dec 23 – 27 is the park open/closed certain days? Can walk to see the crater lake in the national park. Barra Honda National Park: National park in Nicoya with hiking trails, dry tropical forest and caves. I was not expecting those mud pits to be bubbling so loudly! You will see a lot of volcanic activity such as; … This large 14,127 square hectares (35,131 square acres) national park is great for day tours in Guanacaste for those who love hiking and adventure. Hotel Borinquen is the nicest out of all of them, situated deep into the forest on a huge property with very elegant rustic cabinas. My husband and I are coming to Costa Rica from 4/26/19- 5/3/19 to celebrate our second anniversary. Hi, that part is not that bad actually and it’s super duper short, just like a few steps. I have a couple of questions. However, you will still see tourists swimming in the pool. Thanks! And do you need to pay an entrance fee for this? Or can your recommend a better place to stay? There are two sides to the park, one sitting in front of the Pacific Ocean and the other on the Caribbean, which means that their climates are varied. Rincon de la Vieja National Park is a must visit destination in the Guanacaste Province. To Santa Maria sector: Same way from Liberia except don’t turn into Las Pailas sector. How do you suggest we dress to hike Rincon de la Vieja? What would you like to read about first? Book a combo tour: Combo tours allow you to get the most out of all the adventure and nature attractions available in the park. Let's see this. If you’re planning on visiting, here are our tips. Hi there, We have been in Costa Rica for 2 weeks. Our flight out of Liberia is at 7 AM, so we are planning to spend the last night at the Hilton airport hotel. The trails bring you close to residual volcanic activity such as boiling mud pools and fumaroles. We hope you have a wonderful rest of your time in Costa Rica. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Answered: Looking to take a hiking tour to Rincon de la Viejo from Tamarindo and return trip. thanks! They said they were part of the HOTEL HACIENDA GUACHIPELIN? Hi. Watch Queue Queue Bring plenty of water and snacks. I see someone else has commented on the hours that the Las Pailas section is open. Visitors may see pumas, a variety of monkeys, sloths, and jaguars, among others. Let's see this. We are staying at VIlla Buena Onda. Take a hike tour to the Rincon de La Vieja Volcano that is known to be 'gently active'. It didn’t look like you covered what the steep section of the la Cangreja trail is like. Checking out one of the many boiling mud pots in Rincon de la Vieja National Park One of the things that brings so many visitors to Costa Rica each year is the opportunity for outdoor exploration . Love your video and photos of your hikes. Of course the main attraction is the smooth cinder cone volcano, Rincon de la Vieja (6217 ft, 1895 m), comprising of nine contiguous craters that dot the volcanic national park. Monteverde Cloud Forest. Hi Lucy, once you pay the $15 fee, you are free to do whatever in the park. The only bathrooms are near the entrance office. Each park (ones mentioned above) has their own hot springs and you can pay for a day pass to any of them. We wasted no time jumping into the water, It was a very hot and sweaty 2 hour hike! About how long did the mud pot hike take? We arrive on the 27th of Dec. Also-do you know where I can get a park map, like the one on your website? You have to pay a day pass to the Guachipelin hot springs, I believe it’s around $20 or $24 per person, you can find it on their website. That being said, going from the photos I have seen and the opinions of others who have hiked Rincon in clearer weather, it appears to … What a great blog! Rio Perdido Aerial Canyon. The mud pot trail is open, the other one up to the volcano summit isn’t. Guided Tour at Rincon de la Vieja National Park Tour guides are a wonderful way to learn about the history of the volcano and the surrounding Nicoya Peninsula. You don’t need a 4X4 for driving to the park. It took my breath away! Unfortunately, I had pretty ordinary weather while negotiating the upper reaches of the volcano. There are several lodges and haciendas in the Rincon de la Vieja area for those who want to stay close to the national park. You can pay in either, if you want to pay in colones they will do the conversion for you. Is this park open in the rainy months (October)? The ICE (Costa Rican government power company) even has plants in the park to study and harness the natural gas as energy. Where are you from in the NW? You can ask the park to book you a tour to Guachipelin, from Bagaces to the national park entrance is around 30 – 45 minutes. Sit back and relax as you are driven to the park in a comfortable shuttle van. We didn’t see much wildlife during this hike but we saw spider monkeys on our way back! Rincón de la vieja HIking trails tour. Or are they all require paid admission. Most of them include a canopy tour, horseback riding, hot springs and a mud bath. There aren’t any free hot springs in the area, all require an entrance fee. We have a car rental, but have heard not to drive at night, otherwise we would watch the sunset at Playa Hermosa and then head to the Hilton. We want 3-4 great excursions total. First of all just wanted to mention that I really love your blog. AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. We went in March, the hottest month and I regretted wearing long pants! Glad to hear you liked Rincon, it’s a really nice park for hiking! Regards. We were thinking of driving up to Rincon from Playa Flamingo (where we will be staying), but it will be a Monday, so I am guessing we won’t be able to do anything at the park?? Came accross your blog and have used it for so many recommendations! Let's see this. 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