Other popular ones are Buena Vista, Borinquen and Rio Perdido. Where are you from in the NW? I wasn’t sure what the last entry time was. You will be guided along the Las Pailas Trail at Rincon de la Vieja which starts at the ranger station and snakes through the forest in the midst of the amazing trees and wildlife. Though the longest trail to the top of the crater has been closed since October 2010 due to an increase of toxic gases, the other hikes are well worth the trip. Hi, This trail leads to several different interesting things to see: volcancito (little volcano), a seasonal waterfall and the mud pots. Let's see this. Oh and one last question, is there any gluten free food there? Also, with the park closing at 4, do you have to be out of the park by 4 or just enter by 4? Old Woman’s Corner) is an active volcano in NW Costa Rica. Mostly what you can do is hike, there are two main sectors that people visit and it’s to hike around the boiling mud pots or to the waterfalls. Record your own itinerary from the Wikiloc app, upload the trail and share it with the community. On the morning of your hike, you'll be picked up from your hotel ready for a day of adventure. Drive all the way until the info/ranger station (there is an info sign on the map). You’re very close to the end of the loop at this part of the hike. Rio Perdido Aerial Canyon. Since the park is closed on Mondays, are there any waterfalls or natural hot springs or anything else to visit that are outside the park? First of all just wanted to mention that I really love your blog. Record your own trail from the Wikiloc app, upload it and share it with the community. Mar 23, 2020 - Find Yellowstone-like geothermal waters in Rincón de la Vieja, as well as hiking trails and campgrounds. Hi Megan, Borinquen isn’t located in the Las Pailas sector, they’re much further away. The hotel will give us transportation to the entrance for free because we are quests. Irazu Volcano National Park: Highest volcano in Costa Rica. It’s amazing how polar opposite the landscape is like in dry season since most of it is so yellow! If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. It boasts two volcanoes, 32 rivers and streams, and a variety of flora and fauna. Hi Mimi, I believe the park is open (it may be closed Christmas Day though). About a 1.5-2 hour drive from San Jose. This is to give you enough time to do the hike and back before the park closes. Further down the trail, is Volcanito (little volcano). Other amenities to enjoy is a freshwater lagoon, waterfalls, and mud pits. Hi Natalie! You’ll pass through the Hacienda Guachipelin (and pay the toll) and continue on this road to the national park office. It’s currently 700 colones per person. How do you suggest we dress to hike Rincon de la Vieja? Wear sunscreen: Guanacaste is the province with the least amount of rainfall and the fiercest sun. Take a hike tour to the Rincon de La Vieja Volcano that is known to be 'gently active'. We are booked there for 3 nights but really not sure how far to get to the park entrance. It feels so good and is very relaxing. *The trail to the crater summit is currently closed due to volcanic activity.*. Could you please tell me if it is still correct that the Las Pailas trail opens at 7am? Hi Mindy! We are doing a boat and beach tour one day. Hi Olly, you’ll have to pay it each time, the pass is only good for one day. What do you suggest? I hiked to the summit of Rincon de la Vieja in February 2000. It’s a popular park so I would just not leave any valuables visible. Hi. The first half of the trail was under the cool forest canopy with a nice breeze and fresh air. Glad to hear you liked Rincon, it’s a really nice park for hiking! I see someone else has commented on the hours that the Las Pailas section is open. This waterfall is one of our favorites in Costa Rica. There aren’t really any “hidden” waterfalls in Rincon, they are mostly all marked and you’ll see signs for them. It had its last large eruption in 1991, with smaller eruptions in 1998 and 1999. Buena Vista Adventure. Came accross your blog and have used it for so many recommendations! 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. I just want to do all the main hikes there and some river rafting or the springs but not into horseback riding or reppeling. 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. When we went, the roots were protruding quite a bit and there were a few steps down (but no clear steps, just dirt and roots) so just be careful of where you’re walking, especially if you’re older or with kids so they don’t trip. As soon as that part is over, you reach your reward. I can’t seem to find on online anywhere. Click here to check out our content recommendations. Sit back and relax as you are driven to the park in a comfortable shuttle van. We want 3-4 great excursions total. You have to cross a few small rivers and some parts of the trail under the forest is a bit hilly. For the first half of this trail, you’re under the forest canopy so it was nice and shady. Great for kids . The following are three of the most popular trails within the park and all are accessible from the Las Pailas sector: Las Pailas Circular Trail (Boiling Mud Pots Trail) A tall, sparkling waterfall crashing down into a bright blue pool. AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. 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). Please advise & Thanks for the great info youve been sharing. The trail is fairly easy. Hi we will be in the area during Christmas Dec 23 – 27 is the park open/closed certain days? xx, Hi Amy, I’m not sure, last time we checked was last year and it was closed, I haven’t heard it being reopened again but you can call the station and ask, this is their #: 506 2666 0630. The Guachipelin tour takes you to another set of waterfalls that you can jump off of! We went in March, the hottest month and I regretted wearing long pants! The trail to the right is the shortest route to Rincon de la Vieja, the trail to the left goes to the summit of Volcan Von Seebach. Guachipeln is super fun and so is Buena Vista if you’re up for a bit of adventure for your last day. Hi Jen, so I had to ask around because my Visit Costa Rica and national park map says 7 AM to 3 PM but the SINAC website and tour operators say 8 AM. Palo Verde National Park: National park with the Tempisque River and Valley. Thank you! The longer one may take an hour or so depending on how long you linger and take to look at stuff. Most people visit the park to see the cinder cone volcano – Rincon de la Vieja, comprised of nine contiguous craters. Our favorite is Guachipelin because it is built with a more natural feel and is right next to a river. The mud pot hike is pretty short, you can walk the whole thing in probably 30 minutes but we did the short one. It was pretty neat to see the boiling mud pots, especially knowing that the country uses this geothermal energy as power. We are staying in Tamarindo from Jan 15-29, 2016. They have closed the trail to the summit indefinitely as the volcano has been erupting lately and has been very active. 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? There are two sides to the park, one sitting in front of the Pacific Ocean and the other on the Caribbean, which means that their climates are varied. Many of the lodges offer adventure tours such as Buena Vista, Guachipelin, Borinquen and Canyon de la Vieja. Any suggestions would be appreciated. There are no buses to this national park, you can take the public bus to Liberia where there you need to get a taxi or a shuttle. There are several hiking trails within Rincon de la Vieja National Park. That being said, going from the photos I have seen and the opinions of others who have hiked Rincon in clearer weather, it appears to … You can wear shorts and a tank top for the hike. You can do an easy 3 kilometer (1.86 miles) loop around the boiling mud pots or walk 4.3 kilometers (2.67 miles) to Catarata Escondida/La Cangreja at 4.3 kilometers (2.67 miles). 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