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Rincon de La Vieja National Park
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Owner description: This 35,000-acre national park centers around a volcano that last erupted in 1995.
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.

2  Thank JVTorres
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Fantastic trip to waterfalls on horseback. We slid down the rocks and straight into 50 deg. water at the base of the falls. OMG Cold! Private guide for the 3 of us was wonderful and it was a time with friends never to be forgotten. If you are near or in Guanacaste province, don't miss it. Great resteraunt there also.

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Reviewed June 11, 2012

Enjoyed a full day at Rincon hiking a few trails. We did not hike to the volcano and chose to hike without a guide on a few of the shorter trails. There is a small visitors hut where you will pay the entrance fee and get a map (or take a photo of the map if they are out of them).

The first hike we did was a loop trail where you will see steam vents, mud pots, fumeroles and boiling water. You will also see dense beautiful jungle with constant calls of exotic birds and strange bugs. The trail was muddy in a few spots and you have to hike over ant "hills" which are really scary (to me) but overall an interesting and unique trail to hike. This trail took us 2 hours round trip and probably considered intermediate hiking.

The second trail was to the Escondito Waterfall, which the park ranger described as "very beautiful" This took us 3 hours round trip and was pretty grueling. Once you come out of the jungle, you pass through a desert-like grassy area and then it is straight up and very rocky. The trail markers are sparse and you have no idea how far the Falls are. We made it to the Falls only to find male "nudists" bathing in the water. We immediately turned around and hiked back down. I would say this hike is advanced with elevations present. Great scenic vistas on this trail and we saw lots of birds, butterflies and lizards/iguanas.

5  Thank NekoCat
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Reviewed June 2, 2012

Never been so close to volcanic activity! We visited this park for mostly for bird watching as is one of the best spots in Guanacaste area for this.Here I found various very specific species for my demanding list. Nice trails, la Cangreja waterfall is awesome and the fumaroles, small crater with sulfuric vapors, the acidic pond, and the bubbling mudholes are unique.
There are 2 entrances: Santa Maria and Las Pailas. Sector Las pailas is the best no debate, to get there is best to drive as if you are heading to Hacienda Guachipelin (plenty of signs) since the main park road is in terrible conditions. If you choose to do this be aware there is a ¢700 colones fee since the road to Guachipelin is private, continue past the hacienda until you reach Las Pailas where you pay the official Park fee.

Places to stay:
Not many places to stay near the park save for Hacienda Guachipelin, nice place but far from civilization confining you to eat only from their re$$taurant. I sugget to stay in Liberia, good location, more hotel and restaurant options. 35min from Santa Rosa and 50 min to Rincon.

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PS. No stores near by, so bring your own water.

9  Thank looking4nature
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Reviewed May 31, 2012

We visited the volcano on our own driving our rented 4x4 from Tamarindo to one of the park entrances, which took about 1:30. One hour to get from Tamarindo to Liberia and another 30 minutes from Liberia to the park. That last part was a bumpy road leading to the Las Pailas sector.

Beforehand we had checked out a couple of trail options in the various guide books and at the park entrance we were able to double check our options on the scale model that was on display in the small ranger station where we had to check in and pay our access fees.

Walking with (or better said, carrying on our back) our two young sons we opted for the shortest of the three trail options. The longest trail leads to the summit but it was closed due to too much volcanic activity and our choice was between hiking about 5 kilometers up and down to a wonderful waterfall or a somewhat shorter route that would show us mud volcanoes / pods, boiling thermal waters, vapor geysers, and sulfur dioxide geysers. We opted for that last route and were happy with our choice as it took us more than 3 hours. As it was the beginning of the rainy season the only waterfall along the route was tiny and in any case without sufficient water around it to take a dip or dive.

All in all we got to see a diverse set of volcanic activity and were lucky to spot a pack of monkeys in the tree who when we stayed quiet provided us with a 15 spectacle before we lost track of them.

4  Thank Michael K
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