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Rincon de la Vieja National Park

See crater-filled mountains and hot sulfurous mud pits edged by lush tropical forest in this park filled with tropical plants and animals.

Volcanoes, bubbling mud pits and dry tropical forests make up the astonishing landscape of Rincon de la Vieja National Park. The highlight is the park’s namesake, a gigantic volcano that has nine individual craters dotted around the region. Meander through walking trails to see diverse flora and fauna. 

The moody ambiance of the volcanic craters and mud pits make the park a photographer’s paradise. Capture pictures of the largest volcano, the Rincon de la Vieja, looming throughout the 34,992-acre (14,161-hectare) landscape. Explore the natural features around the volcano, the summit of which reaches 6,217 feet (1,895 meters). The wonders include simmering mud pots, hot springs and fumaroles, the openings from which smoky sulfurous gases surface.

Delve into the thick tropical rainforest to spy the region’s wildlife, such as primates, jaguars and kinkajous, which look like a mix between a monkey and a ferret. A fuchsia orchid known as guaria morada is the country’s national flower and can be found throughout the forests. Follow the trails to discover mesmerizing natural beauty. Find the waterfall that runs into a small pool enclosed by trees and rocks near the main volcano.

There are several tour companies in the area that provide adventure activities. Go tubing down the Rio Negro before zip-lining through the forest. Reservations can be made through hotels in the region.

Stay overnight at one of the lodges, resorts or spas in the park to wake up refreshed and ready to go exploring in the morning. Pick up snacks and refreshments from the small shop by the entrance to the park.

There is an entrance fee per person as well as fees for car access in certain areas. The park opens from early morning until afternoon and is closed on Mondays.

Rincon de la Vieja National Park is 14 miles (22.5 kilometers) northeast of Liberia. Turn off the main highway early at the sign for the park and follow the unpaved road for 30 minutes. There are taxis and regular buses that take visitors from the city to the national park.

Popular Activities at Rincon de la Vieja National Park

There's no place anywhere on the planet quite like Rincon de la Vieja National Park. To help you make the most of your visit, we've put together a list of some of the top things to do:

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Best Lodging Options Near Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park

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Hotel Rincon de la Vieja Lodge $71
Hotel Rincon de la Vieja Lodge

Hotel Rincon de la Vieja Lodge

Curubandé de Liberia, Liberia, Provincia de Guanacaste
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Liberia, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park and within 20 mi (32 km) of Liberia Parque Central and Church of La Ermita La Agonia. Africa Mia and Miravalles Volcano are also within 25 mi (40 km).

    Santa Maria Volcano Lodge $30
    Santa Maria Volcano Lodge

    Santa Maria Volcano Lodge

    Colonia Blanca, Guayabo
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Guayabo, this lodge is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park and within 20 mi (32 km) of Church of La Ermita La Agonia and Liberia Parque Central. Africa Mia and Miravalles Volcano are also within 32 mi (52 km).

      Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin $65
      Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin

      Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin

      Pailas Area, Rincon de la Vieja, Liberia, Curubande, Guanacaste
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Curubande hotel is located near the airport, 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Liberia Parque Central and Church of La Ermita La Agonia. Ponderosa Adventure Park and Miravalles Volcano are also within 25 mi (40 km).

        Buena Vista del Rincon Eco Adventure Park, Hotel & Spa $80
        Buena Vista del Rincon Eco Adventure Park, Hotel & Spa

        Buena Vista del Rincon Eco Adventure Park, Hotel & Spa

        De semáforos Liberia 13 km Norte, Entrada de Cañas Dulces 18 km Oeste, Canas Dulces, Guanacaste
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Canas Dulces resort is located in a rural location, 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Liberia Parque Central and Church of La Ermita La Agonia. Africa Mia and Rincón de la Vieja Volcano are also within 25 mi (40 km).

          Rinconcito Lodge $52
          Rinconcito Lodge

          Rinconcito Lodge

          Rincón de la Vieja, San Jorge de Mogote, Bagaces, Guayabo, Guanacaste
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Guayabo, this lodge is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park and within 16 mi (25 km) of Liberia Parque Central and Miravalles Volcano.

            Borinquen Mountain Resort & Spa $108
            Borinquen Mountain Resort & Spa

            Borinquen Mountain Resort & Spa

            Rincon De La Vieja, Canas Dulces, Guanacaste
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Canas Dulces resort is located in the mountains, 1.9 mi (3 km) from Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park, and within 25 mi (40 km) of Liberia Parque Central and Santa Rosa National Park.

              Vida Aventura Nature Park: The Perfect Combination Of Adventure And Relaxation
              Vida Aventura Nature Park: The Perfect Combination Of Adventure And Relaxation

              Vida Aventura Nature Park: The Perfect Combination Of Adventure And Relaxation

              Guayabo, Guanacaste
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in a rural location, this apartment building is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park and within 16 mi (25 km) of Church of La Ermita La Agonia and Liberia Parque Central. Africa Mia and Tenorio Volcano National Park are also within 25 mi (40 km).

                Vida Aventura Studio # 1 Near Rincón de la Vieja National Park
                Vida Aventura Studio # 1 Near Rincón de la Vieja National Park

                Vida Aventura Studio # 1 Near Rincón de la Vieja National Park

                Guayabo, Guanacaste
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Guayabo, this apartment building is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park and within 16 mi (25 km) of Church of La Ermita La Agonia and Liberia Parque Central. Africa Mia and Tenorio Volcano National Park are also within 25 mi (40 km).