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Rincon del la Vieja Volcano National Park

Region: North Pacific
Location: Guanacaste province - from San Jose, Inter-American Highway to Liberia.
Size: 34,800 acres
National Park since: November 16, 1973
Highlights: well-marked hiking trails, thermal mud pools, waterfall swimming areas, freshwater lakes.
Facilities: camping areas with restrooms, showers and picnic areas.

Rincon de la Vieja means "the old lady in the corner". Located in the tropical dry forests of Guanacaste, this is one of Costa Rica's five active volcanoes.

Mud Pots of Rincon de la Vieja

mud fields in Rincon, Costa Rica
photo courtesy of Tim Ross

The mud pots are most active May to November. During the other months, cloud cover may make hiking and visibility a bit more challenging. The mud from these geological wonders is said to have cosmetology and medicinal benefits.

Canopy tour, hot springs, horses, water slide, waterfall and mud bath. By horseback you can visit three waterfalls. Each one has Natural swimming pools at the bottom of the falls.

Buena Vista Hot Springs

The thermal waters, steam bath, and natural spa are located at the foot of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. At the hot springs, you will relax unconditionally as you enjoy pleasurable and rejuvenating treatments with volcanic mud and warm spring waters. This "spoil me" atmosphere makes it easy to forget the hustle and bustle of modern life. You simply cannot escape the ahhhhh. That sigh of satisfaction that marks a perfect end to the afternoon.

waterfall in Rincon de la Vieja National Park
photo courtesy of Miguel Vieira


Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (ACG)
Apartado Postal 169-5000
Liberia, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Main: 506-666-0630 (Liberia)

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