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“The hot springs are a must-see!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rincon de La Vieja National Park

Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Costa Rica
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Owner description: This 35,000-acre national park centers around a volcano that last erupted in 1995.
Toronto, Canada
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“The hot springs are a must-see!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Went up to the hot springs with my two brothers while we were staying in Tamarindo. It's about a 1.5 drive from there, or another 30 from Liberia. We wrote down directions, but the signs are so good you can just follow them. There's a small fee to enter the park (700 colones, I think) and then another 1,200 per person to get into the hot springs. There are free towels, change rooms and lockers, which was great. There are six hot spring pools to choose from, all with a beautiful view of the river and foliage. There's a small suspension bridge to cross over to the larger pool. You can also cover yourself in the thermal mud for free and there are showers right at the pools to wash it off. I wish we would have budgeted more time to stay there, but if you only have an hour (like we did), it's still worth it -- and cheap!

Visited December 2012
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“great volcanic features”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

This is a great place to visit. Bit of a bumpy road, but it is quickly being paved. Do the circle hike (about 2 hours), but go counterclockwise. You will go against the flow of traffic, and have more solitude. Lots of good geothermal features, vents, etc.

Visited December 2012
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Playa Conchal, Costa Rica
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“Scenic & easy nature trail near Liberia”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

Experiencing a wide range of Costa Rican nature without a strenuous hike is easy at Rincon La Vieja National Park, northeast of Liberia. Drive about 10 minutes up the Inter-Americana from Liberia and then turn right at the obvious signs, along paved then dirt roads for about half and hour, to the park entrance. Make sure you stay to the right at the fork in Crubande and left at Hacienda Gualchipelin [opposite on the way back]. On the way, you will see part of Costa Rica's large-scale reliance on geo-thermal energy. Park in the lot, check in at the tiny visitor's center to pick up a map, register, pay a modest fee to support the park and you're off. Closed toe sturdy shoes are recommended, but we saw gringos trying it in sandals. It is not as high as many of the cloud forest hikes, so be ready for warm weather. Chose the shorter nature trail loop for a two hour traipse through a very wide variety of Costa Rican mid-volcano-side eco-systems. We saw fumaroles misting into the sunlight through the forest and waterfalls where you can cool off. The trail varies from easy and level, to a few rock climbs, to a couple of small creek crossings; and is never difficult. At the beginning and the end, there is a creek crossing where you can take off your shoes and cool off in the mineral-laden water.

Visited July 2012
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“More info would have been helpful”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

So the drive itself was an adventure, which we totally enjoyed. Going up and down the mountain was thrilling. However, upon our arrival and purchase of tixs to the National Park a little bit of info on the volcano would have been helpful. Like for instance, that it was active-that day, so the first trail which is about (7 hours, to go and return, again, something we did not know) was closed. That was fine as our party was a mix of children and a senior crowd (so that wasn't happening anyway). But the second option a 2 hour walk wasn't going to work for us either, as there an age requirement for children :/ So we took some nice pics with the cloud covering the volcano and decided to head on over to the next activity. The more you know, the better your adventure.

Visited August 2012
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“Great Hiking!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

Nice hiking trails, the fumaroles, small crater with sulfuric vapors, the acidic pond and the bubbling mudholes are impressive.

The hike to La Cangreja Waterfall was nice and rewarding, the water was refreshing. On our hike back we saw/heard the monkeys. It was scarry at the beginning since it was just my husband and I, we didn't know what we were listening to and apparetely it was the Congo. It's loud!

Originally we wanted to hike to the summit but there was volcanic activity and the trail was closed. :( If you really wants to do this hike make sure you go during the months that is perfect weather and the park ranger told us to call the park to make sure is safe to do the hike before you get there.

Entrance Fee: $10/person.

Visited July 2012
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