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“great hot springs for nature lovers” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rincon de La Vieja National Park

Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Costa Rica
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Type: National Parks, Volcanos, Outdoors
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Owner description: This 35,000-acre national park centers around a volcano that last erupted in 1995.
Seattle, Washington
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“great hot springs for nature lovers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

This review is about the hot springs only, though Rincon de la Vieja offers many more attractions. The hot springs are along Rio Negro, and in a natural setting. There are about 7 or so pools, different sizes, styles, and temps, ranging from cool to very (too?) hot. Most are right alongside the rushing river, which provides a nice-sounding backdrop for the very natural scene. Some pools are rather secluded while others are more in shared spaces. This is a *very* natural spot -- it's not for those who prefer luxury, waiters, and umbrella drinks. The pools are constructed of individual stones which are slimy with moss, as river rocks become. There's no food around, so you'll want to bring at least some snacks, though you can buy small bottles of drinks upon entry. You hike through the forest to reach these springs, then hike to get from one to another. The terrain is okay and there are steps on the steeper parts, but if mobility is an issue for you, you won't like this. I could actually feel it in my legs the next day. It's not for everyone, but if you like a variety of pools in the middle of nature, this place rocks.

Visited November 2013
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“Great day out- a satisfying experience.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

We visited this on our tour of Central America. This park is well worth a visit. Our guide was very knowledgeable and took us on one of the routes in a loop through the jungle through a variety of terrains. It took us two and a half hours to complete but was an amazing experience and I felt I excelled my physical abilities!. We saw some unusual wiildlife(large rodents and howler monkeys) and some colourful birds,. We crossed rivers on shaking bridges, stepping stones and a felled tree. We saw steam vents. fumeroles,hot springs and boiling mud pools and a lovely waterfall. Certainly a getting in touch with nature experience.

Visited October 2013
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Linda-a-Velha, Lisboa, Portugal
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“Strictly for nature freaks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

A very nice National Park, where you can choose between organized atractions such as zip lines, horse riding and more, or just visit the park on your own. The organized atractions are not very physical, although some optional bits can be a little demanding such as wall climbing - but they're optional.
The park is very nice and large - it's a forest and the tracks are not large, although quite visible - no risk of getting lost. If you enjoy trekking in the nature, I highly recomend it; the trek is long and unfortunately not circular.
There are a number of animals, but except for birds and insects they can be quite elusive.
There is also a natural hot water spring which is quite nice - you can choose amongst different water temperatures and even have a mud bath.
Remember one thing - in Costa Rica the sun rises early and sets early, so you must rise with the sun to be able to better take advantage of the sun light.
Take water and a snack as well - you'll need it!

Visited August 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Fun hike on an active volcano”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

We day tripped Rincon from Tamarindo last week. Great choice! The Las Pailles section is about 20 minutes NW of Liberia, and the route is well-marked. The road to the park entrance has a few bumps, and as several have noted, you pay a 7 colones pp fee to someone who mans a gate into the park. There is also a $10 pp entrance fee. But is all well worth it. We arrive at about 11:30am and left at about 3:15pm. We hiked the loop that includes a waterfall, steam vents and mud pots, a lagoon, and crossing several streams, including 1 over a rickety hanging bridge, and another by walking on a tree that had recently fallen. We saw several monkeys (spider and howler) and got a great view of the top of the volcano when we left the park. We were not allowed to hike to the really big waterfall because they do not let people go there who arrive after a certain time when rain is forecast. The trail to the summit is still closed, though we were not planning on going up there (maybe next time!). Very rustic by US standards -- the loop trail is not marked and we saw very few people on it. Had a picnic lunch on 1 of the picnic tables near the front gate after our hike. Nice view of the Pacific Ocean on the right side as you descend from the park.

Visited November 2013
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“Out-of-the-way but WORTH IT!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We stayed in Playa Panama and drove out to Rincon de la Vieja one day after breakfast. We only were able to do the Las Pailas loop hike but we loved it. In addition to seeing the mud pots (so cool!), fumaroles, hot springs, and pretty waterfall we also saw coati, agouti, lots of birds, and we heard howler monkeys but did not see them. The trees were awesome -- and very different than what we say in the Bijagua and La Fortuna areas.

Visited July 2013
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