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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.


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Lodging Near Rincon de la Vieja National Park

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$46
Paraíso Camping Lodge

Paraíso Camping Lodge

7 Km Al Norte De Guayabo De Bagaces, Guayabo
4.4
of 5, from 5 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in a national park, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Rincon de la Vieja National Park and within 16 mi (25 km) of Miravalles Volcano and Llanos de Cortez Waterfall. Bagaces Park and Upala Central Park are also within 32 mi (52 km).

$41
Thermomanía

Thermomanía

La Union, Guayabo
2.8
of 5, from 5 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Guayabo, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Rincon de la Vieja National Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of Miravalles Volcano and Llanos de Cortez Waterfall. Bagaces Park and Reserva Biologica Lomas Barbudal are also within 32 mi (52 km).

$79
Hotel Colinas del Miravalles

Hotel Colinas del Miravalles

1 km y Medio al Noreste del Servicentro, Guayabo
4.9
of 5, from 12 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the mountains, this cabin is 1.8 mi (3 km) from Miravalles Volcano and within 6 mi (10 km) of Rincon de la Vieja National Park and Llanos de Cortez Waterfall. Bagaces Park and Church of La Ermita La Agonia are also within 32 mi (52 km).

$30
Santa Maria Volcano Lodge

Santa Maria Volcano Lodge

Colonia Blanca, Rincon de la Vieja
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Rincon de la Vieja, this lodge is within 20 mi (32 km) of Church of La Ermita La Agonia, Rincon de la Vieja National Park, and Liberia Parque Central. Miravalles Volcano and Llanos de Cortez Waterfall are also within 32 mi (52 km).

$49
Rinconcito Lodge

Rinconcito Lodge

500 meters west from the school in San, Rincon de la Vieja
3.8
of 5, from 153 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Rincon de la Vieja, this lodge is within 16 mi (25 km) of Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Church of La Ermita La Agonia, and Liberia Parque Central. Miravalles Volcano and Llanos de Cortez Waterfall are also within 20 mi (32 km).

Las Hornillas

Las Hornillas

Fortuna de Bagaces, Fortuna
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Fortuna, this lodge is within 9 mi (15 km) of Miravalles Volcano, Rincon de la Vieja National Park, and Llanos de Cortez Waterfall. Bagaces Park and Reserva Biologica Lomas Barbudal are also within 25 mi (40 km).

La Anita Rainforest Ranch

La Anita Rainforest Ranch

500m Este de la Iglesia Católica, Rincon de la Vieja
4.8
of 5, from 53 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the mountains, this lodge is in the same region as Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Miravalles Volcano, and Llanos de Cortez Waterfall.

$70
Hotel Cacao Rio Celeste

Hotel Cacao Rio Celeste

300 Noroeste de la Iglesia Bíblica, Bijagua
4.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Bijagua, this hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Llanos de Cortez Waterfall and within 12 mi (20 km) of Miravalles Volcano and Rincon de la Vieja National Park.