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Rincon de La Vieja National Park

Costa Rica
506-666-5051
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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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Houston, Texas
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155 reviews 155 reviews
31 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Gorgeous walk through the rain forest. Heard howler monkeys. Lose but never saw them. It was very slippery since we are here during the rainy season. Bring rain gear and good hiking shoes.

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Northern Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We drove to the park from our hotel (Riu Guanacaste) and had an amazing hike through the park. The trails and bridges are pretty easy to follow. As you're hiking you'll start to smell sulfur, and come upon warning tape and then see the bubbling mud pots spewing boiling liquids. It was surreal - looked like an ancient Earth at... More

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San Francisco, California
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242 reviews 242 reviews
40 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Costa Rica has such diverse ecosystems and visiting Rincon de Vieje is a must. Located only about 40 minutes from Liberia, a plethora of adventures await from hiking, tubing, zip lining, rope swinging, rappelling, horseback riding, rock climbing, swimming, soaking in volcanic mud baths and springs, bird watching, and animal encounters. Some of the roads are paved, others are pot... More

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Brentwood, Tennessee
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I loved the mud baths, and thermal Hot Springs; as well as Floating down the River . What an Experience! Horseback Riding for those who chose Too! I would rate these excursions 5 Star!

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Chandler, Arizona
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We did the Mega Combo tour which was a full day of adventure. We started off horseback riding, Natural Spa, Water slide (1500ft excitement), lunch then zip lining. The guide was great (Gerardo) very knowledgeable about the area and the sites and vegetation. During one stop we saw a koadi Munda which was fun to watch. Over thoroughly enjoyed our... More

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Bellevue, Washington
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The smaller hike (the loop) had plenty to see...mud baths, volcano steam, etc. I tried to do the 'shorter' hike to one of the waterfalls...tried...once you get to the fork in the road where you can either hike 3km to one waterfall...or 2.3km to the other this 'shorter' hike goes pretty much straight up hill. It was tough...and I hike/bike... More

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
29 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Impressive site ! You will need proper footwear as you have to walk over rocks, roots, mud and some trees have needles. The walk is easy and you can see capucin and howler monkeys, iguana, toucans and lots of budgies. re the boiling mud, one should follow a specific order when visiting the parc to make a crescendo impact.

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Houston, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I loved the relaxation you get at these natural hot springs. Rent a taxi for the day, only about $60 and the entrance fee is about $10. Which will include the use of restrooms, towels, changing rooms, and a mud bath.

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Vancouver, Canada
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78 reviews 78 reviews
44 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We did the Pailas Loop. With stopping for photos with an 8 year old it took about 2 1/2- 3 hours. You will need proper footwear with some tread. This is not an overly difficult walk, but it is not a flat trail. You need to scramble over rocks, roots, and streams. That's why we liked it so much! A... More

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Calgary, AB
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We drove for about 30 minutes to get to this park (Ricon de La Vieja) just to be told it is closed on Mondays. There was a hotel inside the park so we said we were going to go to that. Drove past the hotel to see what the park would be like and if we wanted to come back... More

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