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|A 25 kilometer drive from the city of Liberia will bring you to the heavily forested Rincón de la Vieja National Park, named for the
active volcano located within its boundaries. In addition to
forests and wildlife, visitors will be treated to majestic waterfalls,
geysers, hot springs and bubbling mud.
Hiking the Volcano
Hikers who can manage the five mile climb up the volcano will be rewarded with magnificent views and the chance to admire the lakes and craters found at the top. If you plan to hike, it would be wise to wear sensible shoes and bring along water and perhaps a snack. Consider hiring a guide for this challenging hike.
Hiking to Blue Lake
Those who tackle the three mile trail that passes Blue Lake will be able to see the dramatic La Cangrejo Waterfall that cascades 100 feet down to the azure waters below.
Hiking Las Pailas
Those who prefer an easier hike can take the Las Pailas trail, which is less than two miles long and winds past a sampling of the parks distinctive geothermal features, like bubbling mud and smoke rising from holes in the ground.
Camping in Rincón de la Vieja National Park
Two camping areas are located within the park, with shower and bathroom.
While some choose to stay in a hotel in Liberia there are several well-appointed lodges in the Rincón de la Vieja vicinity, all of which offer guided tours of the park.
This resort features spacious rooms in bungalows set on a picturesque hill overlooking the valley. Each room has a two queen size beds, television set, bathroom and a deck from where guests can enjoy the view. Further down the hill is the main lodge area with its restaurants, and further still are a swimming pool and hot-spring pools.
P.O. Box 108
Rincon de La Vieja National Park 5000, Costa Rica
This hotel is also located at the park, but is simpler and less expensive than Hotel Borinquen. Hacienda Guachipelin offers clean rooms, a swimming pool, restaurant, and tours, including horseback tours and zipline tours. Request a room away from the stables.
Rincón de la Vieja, Guanacaste, Costa Rica 19576
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