Untouched nature, a paradise of thermal baths with geysers, bubbling mud pots, an active volcano and a variety of adventure – this is what you will find in the national park ≫Rincón de la Vieja≪!
The translation of the name is “old lady`s nook”. The indigenous people of the Guatuso tribe named the volcano thus. They say that this story is behind the name: a father has thrown his daughter’s truelove into the mouth of the volcano. Since that time, she is living there as a recluse and old witch giving smoke signals.
The approx. 141 km² large national park and with an elevations range between 600 and 1.900 m is located in the Guanacaste Province and just around 2 hours’ drive away from Tamarindo. This national park is great for day tours and a must-visit destination when you are in the Guanacaste Province. ≫Rincón de la Vieja≪ contains the active volcano of the same name “Rincón de la Vieja”, 32 rivers and streams and a fascinating ecosystem. Thanks to the incredible variety of flora and fauna you can watch kinkajous, pumas, a variety of monkeys, sloths, tapirs and jaguars. The national park habitats over 250 bird species among them the rare “Quetzal”. Based on the high humidity orchids can thrive here very well. Therefore, ≫Rincón de la Vieja≪ has one of the biggest natural deposits of the national flower “Guaria Morada”. There are also 7 hiking trails in the park. The “Las Pailas” sector is the most popular one and is located in the southern area of the volcano.
So, what do you say? Do you want to go and explore the beauty of Guanacaste?
No problem, we can offer you the two following exciting tours for this great national park! Just let us know and we will book the tour for you with our sister company “Kelly’s Surf Shop” here in Tamarindo!
- GUACHIPELIN COMBO ADVENTURE
This 12-hour day tour includes a variety of adventure like ziplining, horseback riding, river tubing, a full buffet lunch, hot springs, a volcanic mud bath and the transportation. The zipline course is the best in the area including a rappel, tarzan swing and a rock-climbing wall. The river tubing is 5 km and has a great mix of rapids and ‘lazy’ parts where you can float and admire the scenery. You will be picked up at 6:30 AM from the Sirena Serena Hotel here in Tamarindo and then let the adventure begins!
What to bring: shoes that can get wet that won’t fall off (rafting, tennis, or watershoes), camera, bug repellent, sunscreen, comfortable clothes, change of clothes
For more information check out the following link: http://www.kellyssurfshop.com/en/activity/52858/guachipelin-combo-adventure
- RINCÓN DE LA VIEJA VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK TOUR
This 12-hour day tour starts with a 3-hour moderate hike in the “Las Pailas” sector. You will get the chance to see the wildlife and volcanic activity such as bubbling mud pots, fumaroles, and a mini crater. The tour also includes a tour guide, the “Oropendola Waterfall”, a typical costa rican lunch, water, soothing hot springs and mud bath and the transportation.
What to bring: comfortable walking shoes and clothes, sunscreen, bug repellent, hat, camera, bathing suit, change of clothes.
For more information check out the following link: http://www.kellyssurfshop.com/en/activity/66002/rincon-de-la-vieja-volcano-national-park-tour
And now the best part: when booking the tour in the month of February you will get a 5% discount! You just need to add the code “volcano”.
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