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Parque Nacional Rincón de la Vieja, Province of Guanacaste: Hours, Address, Parque Nacional Rincón de la Vieja Reviews: 4.5/5

Parque Nacional Rincón de la Vieja

Parque Nacional Rincón de la Vieja
4.5
National Parks • Volcanos
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Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
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This 35,000-acre national park centers around a volcano that last erupted in 1995.
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ReginiceC
Chicago, IL141 contributions
Feb 2021 • Friends
When the two of us arrived, we were approached by a man offering to take us on a guided tour. This man’s name is Hugo. We accepted the offer and he gave a great deal especially when a group of 7 wanted to join us. So glad we hired Hugo; he is full of knowledge to be shared and it’s much better than wandering around. I think the tour lasted about 3 hours and there was well paced with stops to learn about flora. He can also arrange a meal at a local spot afterward.
Written March 10, 2021
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Ludalua
Winchester, UK171 contributions
Dec 2021
We truly enjoyed our visits to this park. We were told that this is the park that offers the longest trails in the area of Guanacaste. Note: if you arrive after midday they only allow you to do the 'short/easy' trail. The entry fee was US$16.5 (card payment only) and to reach this park entrance, you'll pay a 'toll' (700 colones per person) to pass private property. We arrived quite early in the morning and had the time to do all three trails, but be warned, the trail to Escondida waterfall involves a tough climb, especially if you do this after had done the Cangreja waterfail trail first. At entrance, they tell you that the easy walk is around 3 km long, relatively flat and you'll see some geothermal activity (mud pools, fumaroles) and the waterfall walks are difficult (Cangreja 9 km long, Escondida 10 km long - the path diverts after the first 2.3 km). They don't tell you how difficult they are... We started with the Cangreja and it was a nice walk, well-marked path, with some more difficult parts of the trail. It's mostly shaded under vegetation, which is nice. After that, we decided to walk to Escondida waterfall. I found the scenery here more interesting than the Cangreja trail as it is more open and you have very good views from higher up. This been said, the path is less shaded and involves a tough climb and than a descent to the waterfall that is nice but arguably less beautiful than Cangreja. We enjoyed (and needed) a sit down rest in the shade at the rocks by the water (at the top of a tall waterfall) just before the last bit of the trail that takes you to Escondida waterfall. At the end we did the 'easy' 3 km trail and also enjoyed it. There's lots to see in terms of scenery, different vegetation, birds, butterflies, deer, aguti, howler monkeys, white face monkeys and more.
Written January 2, 2022
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JCC952014
Taverny, France75 contributions
Apr 2022
The park is not too crowdy despite Guachipelin hotel. You can have a quiet walk in the middle of the trees.
The waterfall La Cangreja is very nice, you can swim, it is a sunny place most of the day. The access is close after 1pm.
Las Pailas track is interesting, you can see and feel volcan activities. We have seen a lot of monkeys playing in the trees after 4pm.
By the end of the day you can have a glass at the hotel for reasonable price during Happy Hour !
You can use the same entry ticket for both park entry Pailas and Casora Santa Maria, but it is hard to do everything in the same day.
Written May 20, 2022
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Lena
7 contributions
Feb 2020
We visited the park with our Family of 4 (incl 2 Kids 5&8) and did the 3km round loop hike. It was a great hike as it took us through different sections. We saw mud pots and steamholes but also animals with quite a few monkeys in the trees above us. The drive to the park is easily doable even with a small car. While the hike was great it would have been nice if there was more to do at the park. The entrance fee of 15$ per adult and 5$ per child (plus 1.50$ per person to use the road) is pretty high considering all we did was a 3km hike (and clean toilets….). It would be great to a have a Visitor centre that provides some more info.
Written February 4, 2020
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Jeannie F
Benton, AR2 contributions
Apr 2021
We thought this might be a very dry, hot hike. Not so. Most of it is through old growth rain forest. It was cool (temperature and experience)!

Definitely use a guide. Ours was Hugo Rojas. He was personable and incredibly knowledgable, showing us so much about the trees, wildlife and terrain that we would have completely missed had we just hiked by ourselves.

Oh, and use the guides at the park, not at the hotel and tourist stops prior to the park. The park guides are less expensive, but they take more home because they don't have to give a big cut the tour operators.
Written April 25, 2021
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Larry R
Oxford35 contributions
Jan 2020
My son Ian ans I drove to the park from Ocotal in about an 1 20 minutes. We paid 700 colones each to enter the park and decided to hike to the falls. It was a nice wooded hike most of the way. At the point(marked fork in the trail) where you decide which waterfall to go to we chose the Escondidas, 2.3K. The trail started up within a few hundred yards and continued up...it took us about an hour and a half to reach the top where you take a trail left down to get a view of the falls. This is not an easy climb or descent, lots of rocks and steep. The views once you reached about 1500 meters were spectacular as you arrive at an area with scrub brush and grass so you can see for miles. The rest of the hike up is very difficult we used hiking sticks and hand holds on rock to go the next 800 meters up. The round trip was 10K and took about 5 hours. Definitely felt like we got a good workout.
Written January 4, 2020
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syzygymfl
New York179 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
We did the volcano trail, decided that the waterfalls were too far. The volcano trail is well marked and paved most of the way. Nice examples of mud pots and fumaroles. First half is fairly flat, but after you cross the river it gets steep; we noted some of the people who used guides went in reverse order, probably to get the steeper parts done while they were still fresh. Rincon’s main calderas face the gulf side and and not visible from this side, and you’re not allowed to go very far up the mountain. note does it have the classic cone that arenal has to it is less visually appealing, but if you don’t have access to other volcanic features where you live then what you will see on the trail that is accessible will be suitably fascinating. If you’ve been to Yosemite this will be very ho-hum but it’s still interesting stuff to see.
Written July 9, 2021
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Tracy B
11 contributions
Jun 2021
If you do the waterfall trail, be prepared for a rough hike. The first 1.5 miles isn’t too tough and you will see monkeys high in the trees. Path is dirt and rock. Once you get to the sign for the choice of the large or small water fall; choose the large path which is another 1.8 miles but be warned, it is not an easy hike with pretty significant rocks to climb down and over. The falls are in fact magnificent.

My husband and I are in our 60’s and in good shape. The hike is intense and not for someone with bad knees. My adult children also found it intense.
Written June 25, 2021
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Matt19611
Reading, PA109 contributions
Jan 2020
We got to this park a little before the 8:00 opening time, so we walked down a trail to a waterfall owned by a private resort, which is immediately below the parking lot to the Park itself. This was nice. No one was there! The lower part of the park has 2-3 trail of bubbling mud pits and sulfur vents associated with the volcanic activity. Not much to see here. If you’ve been to Yellowstone, this is nothing but a nice walk and chance to see more birds. The upper part of the park consists of only 2 trails. There was a 3rd that went up to some craters but that is now closed due to volcanic activity. We took the trail to the high waterfall. There are some massive trees, some birds, occasional rodents as well as spider monkeys if you pay attention, they stay high and are very quiet. The hike was very steep and rigorous and extremely windy. Great view from up above the jungle but be sure to have sun screen on as you leave the protective shade of big trees, as it gets quite exposed. We got bitten by more flys here than anywhere else. My wife got “chowed up from the cloud up” as we say. Anyway, it would’ve been nice to have more trails but I guess that’s how they keep it wild and preserved.
Written January 26, 2020
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momofKylche
Pennfield Ridge, Canada144 contributions
Feb 2020
We went to the park to see the Congreja waterfalls which was approximately 5km hike to it. The paths were, easy, medium and hard. We saw all ages so it can be done if you and your family are use to hiking trails. No swimming allowed, however there were people in the water. $15 US each to get into park plus $1 each to get past gate to get to the park.
Written February 21, 2020
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