I am really enjoying your blog as I am planning my CR vacation for April. There are no buses to this national park, you can take the public bus to Liberia where there you need to get a taxi or a shuttle. Be prepared for when you go back, the last few hundred meters of this trail is very steep! First of all just wanted to mention that I really love your blog. Catarata Escondida is smaller and isn’t quite as “sparkly” (the Cangreja waterfall is known as the blue lagoon). The only bathrooms are near the entrance office. On some travel sites it says 7 am and others it says 8 am. This national park’s main attraction is its geothermic and volcanic activity. If you are going to the Las Pailas sector, you will have to pay an extra 700 colones per person fee to enter the Hacienda Guachipelin property. You have to cross a few small rivers and some parts of the trail under the forest is a bit hilly. There are a variety of tropical forests, rare flora and fauna. My husband and I are coming to Costa Rica from 4/26/19- 5/3/19 to celebrate our second anniversary. Is it muddy? Luckily, we weren’t walking under the hot sun all day. Mar 23, 2020 - Find Yellowstone-like geothermal waters in Rincón de la Vieja, as well as hiking trails and campgrounds. It was definitely the most breathtaking hike of my life. There is a parking lot and bathroom. Hi there, Just looking to take a quick stroll? As this park is full of nature and hiking trails, you will fall in love with everything this park carries. Rincon-de-la-vieja-hiking-tour-in-Guanacaste13. You will have the opportunity to explore craters and see the sulfur springs and steam vents that are abundant at Las Pilas. Hi there! Then the tour operators say close at 4 PM but the website says 3 PM so I would go with 8 AM to be safe and 3 PM as last entry. The maps are available only at the national park, they give one to every visitor when you pay for the ticket. Any info you can gives on Tamarindo and places to see and do would be greatly appreciated. Excellent place in Guanacaste to see wildlife. White Water Rafting. Buena Vista Lodge and Hotel Borinquen are further away by the Santa Maria sector. It feels so good and is very relaxing. It’s currently 700 colones per person. 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 … I have celiacs. We will be there in a few weeks – do you think the waterfalls will still be active? Hiking to the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano Crater 4 replies; Park visit - tour guides Rincon de La Vieja 11 replies; Blue River Location 4 replies; Hiking Rincon de la Vieja with kids 5 replies; Hot springs and mud baths at Rincon de la Vieja 3 replies; White-water rafting/kayaking in Rincon deLa Vieja 2 replies; Secure parking Las Pailas 5 replies First, there is a hummingbird trail, then the longest side trail is to the cold sulfur bubbling water pools, then an enchanted forest which has a waterfall and a brook, then a bigger waterfall, and then finally the hot-springs. One thing to note is that you have to stop at a gate and pay the Gauchupelin hotel an entrance fee to continue on the road ( I guess they own that part of the road) to the Las Pailas section of the rainforest. Unfortunately, I had pretty ordinary weather while negotiating the upper reaches of the volcano. It seems that there is new eruption at Rincón de la Vieja . When we enter the park are their hikes right from the entrance and if so how far of a hike to get to the waterfalls/swimming etc? We are planning to go there in 2 weeks and we found a lot of helpful infomation. Can you give more information on that? Or can your recommend a better place to stay? Glad to hear you liked Rincon, it’s a really nice park for hiking! The trails are right at the entrance and there are signs so you can see which trail to take. Guachipelin actually offers mountains bikes for rent as they have some nice biking trails and they are open everyday. Many of the lodges offer adventure tours such as Buena Vista, Guachipelin, Borinquen and Canyon de la Vieja. Thanks for your very helpful blog. The Santa Maria sector has more unpaved roads so we do recommend a high car to be more comfortable but it is not necessary. The waterfalls are always active, in dry season it just has less water. Record your own trail from the Wikiloc app, upload it and share it with the community. Guests may also enjoy hiking, horseback riding, hot springs, and swimming. As you look around you, it’s hard to imagine that there is a waterfall in there somewhere! I’m planning on visiting Costa Rica Pacific coast of February 2019. Love your blog, we went last year Jan of 2018 and referred to it often. I am trying to plan the Park on our own with out a tour. How long is this part of the hike? Hi Vicky, you can check out the private haciendas and adventure park at the base of Rincon de la Vieja. I found your blog just before this trip and have now bookmarked it for our future plans. If you want to visit both, make sure to get there early and you have plenty of food and water because the trails are 10.4 kilometers (6.5 miles) one way. Also how should we dress for hiking? Thanks again for this resource! Sport Fishing. Thanks and your site is wonderful! Amazing blog, I really liked to read it. Hi Lucy, once you pay the $15 fee, you are free to do whatever in the park. Though the longest trail to the top of the crater has been closed since October 2010 due to an increase of toxic gases, the other hikes are well worth the trip. 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. Mostly what you can do is hike, there are two main sectors that people visit and it’s to hike around the boiling mud pots or to the waterfalls. You mentioned in the blog that swimming is no longer permitted at the waterfall… Is there anywhere else along the hike that is available to swim? If you can only hike to one waterfall, I recommend the La Cangreja one over the Escondida. See more ideas about geothermal, rincon, hiking trails. The restaurant near the Waterfall was charging to go down and see the waterfall is this correct? Thanks! About 3 hour drive from San Jose. It is isn’t it?! They have closed the trail to the summit indefinitely as the volcano has been erupting lately and has been very active. We are not very interested in beaches. Visitors may see pumas, a variety of monkeys, sloths, and jaguars, among others. The first half of the trail was under the cool forest canopy with a nice breeze and fresh air. Santa Maria sector is open every day from 8 AM to 4 PM. I recommend staying in the national park then if you want hiking and birdwatching. Click here to check out our content recommendations. 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. Soon you’ll notice less and less trees until you get to a clearing. Wear sunscreen: Guanacaste is the province with the least amount of rainfall and the fiercest sun. Hi Edgard, Hacienda Guachipelin does have waterfalls on their property and you have to pay an entrance fee to go since it’s on their property. If not what is the best way to experience the most of the volcano? Hi Mindy! The ICE (Costa Rican government power company) even has plants in the park to study and harness the natural gas as energy. 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. Is this park open in the rainy months (October)? Can take a guided boat tour down the river to see wildlife. IMPORTANT NOTE: Each person will need to bring $15 cash and a photo ID. Both worth it though! Rincon de la Vieja National Park hours are Tuesday through Sunday 8 AM to 3 PM for the Las Pailas sector. Bring plenty of water and snacks. Hi, do you know how far the Las Pailas entrance (approx distance and time) from the Vida Aventura nature park? We arrive on the 27th of Dec. Also-do you know where I can get a park map, like the one on your website? I’m wondering if there are any hot springs you can visit for free. About how long did the mud pot hike take? in the Guancaste area. Hi Mimi, I believe the park is open (it may be closed Christmas Day though). Take a hike tour to the Rincon de La Vieja Volcano that is known to be 'gently active'. I know the summit is roughly 6200 feet. I hiked to the summit of Rincon de la Vieja in February 2000. These places are not in the national park but it is very close. Looking for a great trail in Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Guanacaste? Hiking in Rincón de la Vieja National Park. Would like to know what the trails are like....I do not want it to be just flat and simple. The extra activities like ziplining and all that is actually not inside the national park, it is at the adventure parks that are in the Rincon de la Vieja area but those are completely separate and not in the national park. Most of them include a canopy tour, horseback riding, hot springs and a mud bath. Love your blog and Thankyou so much for the detailed honest descriptions. leaving on monday 4/3/16 for two weeks in Costa Rica, going to spend a day in Ricon , however Ive been reading that most of the trails are closed , how accurate is this and is it worth the drive from Tamarindo. We are doing a boat and beach tour one day. Hiking through Rincon de la Vieja National Park is a great experience for the entire family. Mytanfeet is full of local tips, detailed guides, photos, videos and maps to help you plan the perfect ​trip to Costa Rica. 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?? xx, Hi Amy, I’m not sure, last time we checked was last year and it was closed, I haven’t heard it being reopened again but you can call the station and ask, this is their #: 506 2666 0630. It is so helpful for planning purposes! Drive about 3.5 kilometers (2.2 miles) and you will see many signs for “Rincon de la Vieja National Park Las Pailas sector.” Turn right into the entrance after the Ebais clinic on your left and continue on this road for about 20 kilometers to the national park entrance and the trail heads. The Santa maria sector has more gravel roads and is much further than the Las Pailas sector, like an extra 30 or 45 minutes and it’s definitely too far to go on bike. It’s boiling so much that they reach up to at least a foot and you can hear the splattering of mud meters away when the sulfuric smell slowly penetrates your senses. Hi Angie, I had to dig around for this answer because the map I got from the Visit Costa Rican tourism board and the map from the actual national park office says 7 – 3 but the SINAC website says 8 AM. There are no switchbacks or steep climbs so it’s an excellent option for an easy hike. #3 - Fumarolic Lagoon and Water Pots Loop, #5 - Rio Negro Hot Springs and Water Pots. This was taken in February but during rainy season this waterfall is completely flowing. This trail is very easy. We’ve been now to Costa Rica 3 times and will definitely come back again. Any suggestions for our last day when we need to be back at the airport hotel that night. Buena Vista Adventure. Tourists still go in of course, but you’re not technically not allowed to swim in Cangreja waterfall. 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. You’re technically not allowed so keep that in mind.***. Full-day tours to the Rincón de la Vieja hiking trails usually cost something between USD 120 and USD 160. Let's see this. We’ll be going with 2 kids who were looking forward to that , Catarata Llanos de Cortes! We wasted no time jumping into the water, It was a very hot and sweaty 2 hour hike! We are staying in Tamarindo from Jan 15-29, 2016. For our first trip, we did the easy 3 kilometers loop to the Rincon de la Vieja boiling mud pots. –hotels?? Have fun! Three questions, if we are coming from Borenquin Hotel it would be best for us to enter through Las Pailas? The park also protects one of the most important and endangered ecosystems in Costa Rica: the tropical dry forest. Rio Celeste is around a 2.5 hour drive, RIncon is around 1. Rincon de la vieja Hiking trail in Guachipelín, Guanacaste (Republic of Costa Rica). Also got to lather some volcanic mud at Blue River Eco Resort! You can read about it here: https://mytanfeet.com/activities/guachipelin-what-its-like-to-feel-like-spiderman-for-a-day/ and this one is in the Las Pailas Sector. I wasn’t sure what the last entry time was. Other amenities to enjoy is a freshwater lagoon, waterfalls, and mud pits. If so, do you know of a guided tour? Can walk to see the crater lake in the national park. We are very excited as we have never been to Costa Rica. All government institutions are closed for the Easter holiday but many businesses in Coco are still open since it’s very touristy. . It’s amazing how polar opposite the landscape is like in dry season since most of it is so yellow! The park is divided into 2 sectors: Santa Maria and Pailas. 5 minute walk and you can swim in the pool. All the info for Cangreja falls is in the post It’s about 5 hours walking round trip. Hi Jenn! Record your own itinerary from the Wikiloc app, upload the trail and share it with the community. We hope you have a wonderful rest of your time in Costa Rica. They aren’t joking when they named this waterfall, as you can see it’s barely a trickle! The volcano is a very interesting area with mud pots, hot springs, steam vents, and lots of interesting plant and animal life. Suggestions? I’d get a shuttle, because it’s a bumppy road into the national park and it might be cheaper than a taxi (I’m not sure how much a taxi will charge). Thanks! Hi Mindy, I’m not sure where the Vida Aventura nature park is exactly, looks like it’s around Bagaces. Private tour for couples, families, families with children and teenagers or groups of friends lovers of nature. Also, with the park closing at 4, do you have to be out of the park by 4 or just enter by 4? The trails bring you close to residual volcanic activity such as boiling mud pools and fumaroles. Watch Queue Queue Any suggestions would be appreciated. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. We did this hike on a hot February day and even though it’s only 3 kilometers, it felt like longer because of the heat. Mytanfeet LTDA Copyright© 2013 - 2020 - Thank you for supporting our Travel Blog! There are several lodges and haciendas in the Rincon de la Vieja area for those who want to stay close to the national park. It took us 1 hour and 25 minutes to get back without stopping. Download its GPS track and follow the route on a map. I just want to do all the main hikes there and some river rafting or the springs but not into horseback riding or reppeling. Since the park is closed on Mondays, are there any waterfalls or natural hot springs or anything else to visit that are outside the park? Great national park from Tamarindo. Trips and Tours in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Let's see this. We will be there next week. Thanks for your great blog! They give you a map and there are usually volunteers who explain the park and trails. Canada, Hi Sylvie, thank you so much! Find the best Hiking trails in Rincon de La Vieja, Guanacaste (Costa Rica). You can wear shorts and a tank top for the hike. Other amenities to enjoy is a freshwater lagoon, waterfalls, and mud pits. Watch the video to see the mud! 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. Guachipeln is super fun and so is Buena Vista if you’re up for a bit of adventure for your last day. Please advise & Thanks for the great info youve been sharing. Any idea how far that is too? I just wanted to tell you that your blog is excellent on the Rincon de la viega park. Rincón de la vieja HIking trails tour. The Guachipelin tour takes you to another set of waterfalls that you can jump off of! Thanks! About halfway through the loop is the seasonal waterfall. Is there security for the parking lot of the national park? However, it is a huge national park so you may need to drive to the various waterfall entrance. If you have a car, you can drive to the national park and go from there, the hike doesn’t require a guide. Guachipelin is not right in the national park though so if you go into the actual national park, the park fee is $15 per adult and you can hike to any of the waterfalls in the national park. Oh and one last question, is there any gluten free food there? You are here: Home » Tours » Hiking Rincon de la Vieja. I am not sure, I know the trail itself is not very long, only 8 kilometers but the trail to the summit has been closed for awhile so I would check with the park office first before planning on doing that trail. Do we pay the entrance fee in American dollars or Colones? Reviewed February 24, 2006 If you're planning on going to Rincon de la Vieja National Park, go on the trail to climb to the top of the volcano - seriously, just do it. I don’t really want to spend a bunch of money on tours, I would rather do it on our own. You can pay in either, if you want to pay in colones they will do the conversion for you. Click the section to skip to it. Visitors may see pumas, a variety of monkeys, sloths, and jaguars, among others. Hello! Further down the trail, is Volcanito (little volcano). Rincon de la Vieja National Park Location This huge park protects 14,087 hectares with widely ranging elevations range from 980 to 1987 meters (3215 to 6519 feet). The Las Pailas sector is the most popular since it’s more accessible and closer to Liberia. Perhaps a visit to El bosque nuevo–butterfly farm. Here is our list of favorite day trips from Coco: day trips from Playas del Coco. It is 1 of 5 volcanoes in the Cordillera de Guanacaste (Guanacaste mountain range). Let's see this. by Swiss Travel. Could you please tell me if it is still correct that the Las Pailas trail opens at 7am? Tips . This waterfall is one of our favorites in Costa Rica. Hi Megan, Borinquen isn’t located in the Las Pailas sector, they’re much further away. Hi, do you know if the mud pot trail is currently open? Bring tons of sunscreen and lots of bottles of water. What would you like to read about first? A question, I’d like to go to Rincon de la Vieja this Sunday and do the crater hike, but is the crater trail already open again? Just one thing I wanted to pass on re: hours to the Las Pailas sector of the park. We are returning to Costa Rica and staying at the Hacienda Guachipelin in a couple of weeks. Thanks so much for sharing your expertise! Top Rincon de La Vieja Hiking & Camping Tours: See reviews and photos of hiking & camping tours in Rincon de La Vieja, Costa Rica on Tripadvisor. There is a hose with drinkable water at the admissions office but bring at least 1 liter (1 quart) for each person if you plan to hike the waterfalls trail. I was trying to come up with a great last day activity. The visit to Rincon de la Vieja National Park is unique and unforgettable. We’re heading over there in a few days, and were planning Cangreja and Oropendola. The closest one is Hacienda Guachipelin and Canyon de la Vieja (Las Pailas sector). You don’t need a 4X4 for driving to the park. Hi, If we wanted to spend a few days exploring do we have to pay the entrance fee each day/ time we visit or does it cover a few days? What is the starting elevation of the summit hike? This is to give you enough time to do the hike and back before the park closes. Then I asked some tour operators and they say “most of the time they open at 8 AM” so it seems 8 is the safe answer. I would really appreciate y if someone could clarify. This post has been updated January 2020. Palo Verde Jungle and Cultural. Las Pailas is the more popular sector. You can still go to the waterfall but there is a sign that says no swimming. Hi Hector! Rincón de la Vieja offers an immense variety of scenery and wildlife. There is no doubt that Rincon de la Vieja National Park offers some of the best hikes in Costa Rica. Book a combo tour: Combo tours allow you to get the most out of all the adventure and nature attractions available in the park. It also happens to be one of the best in Costa Rica. You will see a lot of volcanic activity such as; … We’d also like to the Gauchinpin (sp?) Also I would like to hike the La Cangreja falls, what entrance and apporox how long wil i be hiking round trip? A tall, sparkling waterfall crashing down into a bright blue pool. The Pacific NW is really beautiful in it’s own way too. The trail is a total of 10.2 kilometers, which is 6.33 miles. Beautiful mountains, lakes, and great places to hike. I had a quick question about experiencing the Guachipelin hot springs – is this in the national park? There are several like Hacienda Guachipelin, Buena Vista Lodge, Borinquen and Canyon de la Vieja. Amazing how you are so close to desert-like land, rainforest, and beach…in some ways that’s the same reason WA is such a wonderful state Nature is amazing…. I was just at Rincon de la Vieja – loved all of the hiking there. You can ask the park to book you a tour to Guachipelin, from Bagaces to the national park entrance is around 30 – 45 minutes. Guachipelin has a 5 km (2.2 mile) white water tubing and Buena Vista has a waterslide. Hiking and birdwatching are the main interests. We've got 2 easy trails in Rincon de la Vieja National Park ranging from 1.3 to 3.9 km and from 785 to 817 meters above sea level. It was pretty neat to see the boiling mud pots, especially knowing that the country uses this geothermal energy as power. It is our first time and we can not wait for this vacation!! Hi Laura, there is a parking lot and the ticket office is right at the parking lot but it’s not really secure (no guard or cameras). There aren’t really any “hidden” waterfalls in Rincon, they are mostly all marked and you’ll see signs for them. We went in March, the hottest month and I regretted wearing long pants! Thank you! Rincon de la Vieja, or Old Woman’s Nook is an active 1,895 meters (6217 feet) tall volcano. How far from the hotel is the entrance? Guests may also enjoy hiking, horseback riding, hot springs, and swimming. What a great blog! You can watch a video of this waterfall hike below. We love that national park and I’m sure you will too! All of them are super fun!. It took my breath away! It seems like you have to choose one easy one for mudpots then a longer one for waterfall. However, this trail is longer. So you can do just the river rafting, and not the horseback riding and ziplining. Currently due to COVID, only the Las Pailas sector is open as of November 2020. You’ll pass through the Hacienda Guachipelin (and pay the toll) and continue on this road to the national park office. Thanks in advance. And do you need to pay an entrance fee for this? https://mytanfeet.com/activities/guachipelin-what-its-like-to-feel-like-spiderman-for-a-day/. Hi Christy, I don’t believe so. Yes the national park is closed Monday. I understand Rincon de la Vieja entrance costs $15, but once you paid this fee, are you able to walk around and go hiking, or we must pay tours and extra activities in order to move within te park? Is it still closed, and which falls are closed? Barra Honda National Park: National park in Nicoya with hiking trails, dry tropical forest and caves. When we went, the roots were protruding quite a bit and there were a few steps down (but no clear steps, just dirt and roots) so just be careful of where you’re walking, especially if you’re older or with kids so they don’t trip. The cinder cone volcano, Rincón de la Vieja (6217 ft/1895 m), is the main attraction. It looks like Rio Celeste is quite far, though we would love to see it. Any other must see that are not too far of a trip? It boasts two volcanoes, 32 rivers and streams, and a variety of flora and fauna. On the morning of your hike, you'll be picked up from your hotel ready for a day of adventure. 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