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Rincon de La Vieja National Park

Costa Rica
506-666-5051
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: National Parks, Volcanos
Traveler Description: A visit to this national park makes a great day trip for travellers based in Liberia. The Las Pailas entrance is about 27km from Liberia. The... more »
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Edina, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Very fun day at Rincon de la Vieja. We booked through Esteban(black shirt) on the beach at the Riu Guanacaste. He was very fair and accomodating. The trip included transportation for 4 of us (mothers and 17 year old daughters) to and from the volcano in a very comfortable car with Ariel as our tour guide. There was horseback riding,... More

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Peterborough, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Booked the trip with Erik and Gustov (light blue shirts) on the beach at Riu Guanacasta hotel. They recommended their mega tour to the Buena Vista Lodge at the base of the Rincon volcano, about 30 mins north west of Liberia. We were picked up at beach at 7:30 in 8 person private mini van by Oscar, the best host... More

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We stayed in Liberia and wanted to check out this National Park when we were told that it costs $20 for the transportation there and back (per person), as there are no public buses to the park. When you take into account that it already costs $10 per person (plus $1.25 at another gate placed by a local man who... More

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New York City, New York
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

A somewhat difficult (for young kids) but enjoyable 2+ hour hike seeing steam vents & bubbling mud pots. We went because our 8-yr-old son is really into volcanoes. It was his favorite part of our trip. Because it was the dry season, the waterfall was just a trickle. We saw lots of iguanas on our hike, but no other animals.... More

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Saskatchewan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

We had a great time hiking the 3.4 km loop. We had 3 adults, and 2 kids, aged 6 and 8. We started early, before it got too late, and took the advice of others and hiked the trail backwards so that we got the hottest part over early. The boiling mud pots were very neat to see! We didn't... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

When we went the longest trail up toward the volcano was closed. We did the 5 km hike to Cangrejo falls. That was a bit to much for my family (ages 18-50 out of shape) as everyone was tired and uncomfortable when we left. A lot of climbs in the beginning of the hike. I ended up swimming at the... More

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Harrow
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Park is closed on Mondays and last entry was 3pm on the day we visited which was a Sunday. Go early and take plenty of water and a picnic which they are quite happy for you to have in the car park environs. The mud springs are interesting and varied and there are walks of various lengths that you can... More

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Good hike through the park. Takes about two hours with some beautiful scenery. Volcano mud pots,steam vents and bubbling hot ponds and lakes make for some great pictures. The ride to the park is an adventure all it's own. Got a flat tire on the way out but had a good time regardless.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

We walked the Las Pailas Trail in January 2014. It is short - I've read it described as 3 km but it felt a little bit longer to me. Plan on 3 hours or so so you can spend some time looking around. It has some ups and downs but nothing strenuous. I agree with other comments to do the... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

My girlfriend and I spent a day at Rincon de la Vieja and the hot springs, and it was fantastic. Each costs $10/person to enter and is worth it. The park is beautiful and has some really fascinating geological areas, since it is an active volcano. It's also not super touristy, so you won't be bothered by large tour groups.... More

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