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Rincon de La Vieja National Park

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This 35,000-acre national park centers around a volcano that last erupted in 1995.
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Reviewed 5 December 2013 via mobile

I enjoyed my day trip in Rincon coz I got to see all geothermal activities in one place.It was a decent hike(approx 2km).I went there with my husband and we both loved it. We saw steam vents and we got very close to the vents...More

3  Thank Likes2travellaround
Reviewed 28 November 2013

We really enjoyed our time here! We stayed in Playa Negra so it took about 2 hrs 15 min to get here, but it was well worth it! We hiked the 2.1 mile loop with 4 adults and 3 kids- aged 3, 18 months, and...More

3  Thank jbtraveler_1
Reviewed 20 November 2013

This review is about the hot springs only, though Rincon de la Vieja offers many more attractions. The hot springs are along Rio Negro, and in a natural setting. There are about 7 or so pools, different sizes, styles, and temps, ranging from cool to...More

1  Thank vamosalaplaya333
Reviewed 18 November 2013

We visited this on our tour of Central America. This park is well worth a visit. Our guide was very knowledgeable and took us on one of the routes in a loop through the jungle through a variety of terrains. It took us two and...More

1  Thank Brandylady
Reviewed 12 November 2013

A very nice National Park, where you can choose between organized atractions such as zip lines, horse riding and more, or just visit the park on your own. The organized atractions are not very physical, although some optional bits can be a little demanding such...More

2  Thank Alexandre F
Reviewed 9 November 2013

We day tripped Rincon from Tamarindo last week. Great choice! The Las Pailles section is about 20 minutes NW of Liberia, and the route is well-marked. The road to the park entrance has a few bumps, and as several have noted, you pay a 7...More

1  Thank David B
Reviewed 4 November 2013

We stayed in Playa Panama and drove out to Rincon de la Vieja one day after breakfast. We only were able to do the Las Pailas loop hike but we loved it. In addition to seeing the mud pots (so cool!), fumaroles, hot springs, and...More

Thank RebeccaMinNJ
Reviewed 30 October 2013

We only did Las Pailas loop hike. Not much to see there besides fumaroles. I guess my expectations were too high after visiting Monteverde, Santa Elena, Arenal and Tenorio.

2  Thank igost
Reviewed 27 October 2013

Wonderful day at Rincon de La Vieja with Mardigi Tours. We were a group of 6 on the tour and had a great time doing Zip LIne, Waterslide, lunch, horseback riding and hot springs. Great tour and highly recommended. Marvin also arranged that we would...More

Thank Peggy H
Reviewed 28 September 2013

Well, my husband & I found out the hard way that this National Park is not open on Mondays, because we drove up here on a Monday. AND we took a route that should not even be mentioned! DO NOT drive to the Santa Maria...More

4  Thank Trisha N
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16 August 2018|
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Response from HortDude | Reviewed this property |
Same as the previous answer. We showed up, paid the entrance fee and received a Map that highlighted all the main sights.
7 April 2018|
Response from TravelBug128 | Reviewed this property |
You can totally do it on your own. The drive there was uneventful (unlike our drive to Palo Verdes NP). You just need to pay the entrance fee, they give you a number which you have to tell them upon your exit - that's how... More
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3 April 2018|
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Response from france j | Reviewed this property |
You can pay for the park (and most parks) in American money. However, there is a private road leading to to the park you have to pay a fee to a local. We paid in colonnes not sure if you can pay in dollars.