Budget 7 hours roundtrip, and bring plenty of water and snacks. Great national park from Tamarindo. About how long did the mud pot hike take? I have a couple of questions. Mud baths are so fun! How do you suggest we dress to hike Rincon de la Vieja? You will see a lot of volcanic activity such as; … Ooh that sounds lovely. Guachipeln is super fun and so is Buena Vista if you’re up for a bit of adventure for your last day. It is a private farm that is on the way to the entrance of the Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Of course the main attraction is the smooth cinder cone volcano, Rincon de la Vieja (6217 ft, 1895 m), comprising of nine contiguous craters that dot the volcanic national park. I know the summit is roughly 6200 feet. You can take a combo tour though as those are still open, it’s just the hiking trails in the sectors that are closed but the haciendas are actually right outside the park. If you’re doing the long hike, I recommend hiking sandals or sneakers, not flip flops. The restaurant near the Waterfall was charging to go down and see the waterfall is this correct? Tourists still go in of course, but you’re not technically not allowed to swim in Cangreja waterfall. What is the starting elevation of the summit hike? We are staying in Tamarindo from Jan 15-29, 2016. Hello! It seems like you have to choose one easy one for mudpots then a longer one for waterfall. I’d get a shuttle, because it’s a bumppy road into the national park and it might be cheaper than a taxi (I’m not sure how much a taxi will charge). Rincon de la Vieja National Park is 230 kilometers from San Jose (143 miles) and 24 kilometers (15 miles) from Liberia. We will be there in a few weeks – do you think the waterfalls will still be active? Let's see this. It also happens to be one of the best in Costa Rica. Hiking in the active Rincon de la Vieja (Old Woman’s Nook) National Park is a must-do activity for hiking enthusiasts. Hiking in the Rincon de la Vieja National Park is an adventure you must do while you are staying in Guanacaste.The journey is even better when your destination is the magnificent Cangreja (Crab) Waterfall. A question, I’d like to go to Rincon de la Vieja this Sunday and do the crater hike, but is the crater trail already open again? Sport Fishing. To Santa Maria sector: Same way from Liberia except don’t turn into Las Pailas sector. Regards. Hi there! You’re surrounded by rolling hills and various layers of yellow grass and green forests around you. There are a variety of tropical forests, rare flora and fauna. Hiking Rincón de la Vieja. There are two areas where you could observe the mud pots on the trail. I don’t unfortunately, we have just been to the hotels up in that section (borinquen and Buena Vista). As soon as that part is over, you reach your reward. And do you need to pay an entrance fee for this? Hiking to the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano Crater 4 replies; Park visit - tour guides Rincon de La Vieja 11 replies; Blue River Location 4 replies; Hiking Rincon de la Vieja with kids 5 replies; Hot springs and mud baths at Rincon de la Vieja 3 replies; White-water rafting/kayaking in Rincon deLa Vieja 2 replies; Secure parking Las Pailas 5 replies Beautiful mountains, lakes, and great places to hike. What do you suggest? Hi Lucy, once you pay the $15 fee, you are free to do whatever in the park. We will driving our rental car to the park but we were wondering if it is safe to leave our belongings in the car while we hike. Also I would like to hike the La Cangreja falls, what entrance and apporox how long wil i be hiking round trip? My husband and I are coming to Costa Rica from 4/26/19- 5/3/19 to celebrate our second anniversary. You don’t have to do the combo adventure tours, at Hacienda Guachipelin you can choose which activities to do from the ones they offer. Love your blog, we went last year Jan of 2018 and referred to it often. We arrive on the 27th of Dec. Also-do you know where I can get a park map, like the one on your website? Trails are marked with stone cairns, but can be difficult to find in the constant rainy weather that is normal for the area. It is isn’t it?! Reviewed February 24, 2006 If you're planning on going to Rincon de la Vieja National Park, go on the trail to climb to the top of the volcano - seriously, just do it. Guachipelin hot springs are in the Hacienda Guachipelin property. I don’t really want to spend a bunch of money on tours, I would rather do it on our own. Mytanfeet is full of local tips, detailed guides, photos, videos and maps to help you plan the perfect ​trip to Costa Rica. Guests may also enjoy hiking, horseback riding, hot springs, and swimming. Answered: Looking to take a hiking tour to Rincon de la Viejo from Tamarindo and return trip. Came accross your blog and have used it for so many recommendations! Perhaps a visit to El bosque nuevo–butterfly farm. The extra activities like ziplining and all that is actually not inside the national park, it is at the adventure parks that are in the Rincon de la Vieja area but those are completely separate and not in the national park. The longer one may take an hour or so depending on how long you linger and take to look at stuff. Do we pay the entrance fee in American dollars or Colones? Irazu Volcano National Park: Highest volcano in Costa Rica. Or, is it better just to start from the hotel and hike from there into the park, if we are allowed to do that from the hotel. To Las Pailas sector: Coming from Liberia International Airport, drive to Liberia city (turn left out onto the main road from the airport). Rincon de la Vieja Hike, The Pacific Side Rincon de La Vieja hike, one of the most famous Costa Rica volcanoes on the Pacific side where you’ll be able to visit Las Pailas, the stunning Seabach Crater, Santa Maria Volcano, Las Pailas mud pots, and waterfalls. You can see why in the photo! If you want to hike to La Cangreja Waterfall, or the other waterfall in Rincón de la Vieja, the last entry to this trail is 12PM. Drive about 3.5 kilometers (2.2 miles) and you will see many signs for “Rincon de la Vieja National Park Las Pailas sector.” Turn right into the entrance after the Ebais clinic on your left and continue on this road for about 20 kilometers to the national park entrance and the trail heads. Further down the trail, is Volcanito (little volcano). About a 1.5-2 hour drive from San Jose. Rincon de la Vieja National Park Location This huge park protects 14,087 hectares with widely ranging elevations range from 980 to 1987 meters (3215 to 6519 feet). Record your own itinerary from the Wikiloc app, upload the trail and share it with the community. Then the tour operators say close at 4 PM but the website says 3 PM so I would go with 8 AM to be safe and 3 PM as last entry. As this park is full of nature and hiking trails, you will fall in love with everything this park carries. Explore the surrounding area and see the bubbling water lagoons, steamy … Hi, do you know if the mud pot trail is currently open? These tours usually take off from some of the most renowned hotels and beaches in Guanacaste, such as Playa Tamarindo or Playa Flamingo. Currently due to COVID, only the Las Pailas sector is open as of November 2020. I didn’t your blog post that swimming at the waterfall was closed. I’m wondering if there are any hot springs you can visit for free. Bring tons of sunscreen and lots of bottles of water. Let's see this. It’s a popular park so I would just not leave any valuables visible. 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