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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 11 February 2018 via mobile

We decided to do the la cangreja waterfall walk which was 10km round trip. It has quite a few up and down sections which may make it challenging for anyone with mobility issues. The waterfall at the end is absolutely worth the sweaty tiring walk....More

1  Thank 8yayaelle8
Reviewed 11 February 2018

We booked this tour with CATours (Central American Tours). Our tour guide was named Gil and he was fantastic! Beautiful hike (almost 5 miles total) on a paved pathway. The volcano was not what I thought it was going to be but nonetheless, it was...More

1  Thank CCofOhio13
Reviewed 9 February 2018

We booked a private tour though a Swiss Travel to see this park. The tour guide was amazing and the day was great from beginning to end. After a disappointing tour with Swiss Travel to Montevede this was totally different. We elected a private one...More

1  Thank screenname912
Reviewed 8 February 2018

A day I'll never forget! I've been to Costa Rica 3 times and this was by far the funnest, most adventurous, and beautiful day tour I've taken. My husband and I were picked up by bus from our hotel and drove the bumpy dirt roads...More

1  Thank daysi5
Reviewed 29 January 2018

Much better than I expected. The volcano itself was covered by clouds, but I think that is par for the course. About a 2 hour drive from Tamarindo. The roads are mainly good, but there are a few bumpy sections that are unpaved. We came...More

3  Thank Bill W
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

I’m very happy I came here. I think the best part is that it wasn’t super touristy like La Fortuna or Monteverde. There is a hike (to the left) and a walk (to the right). The walk is meant to be slow and taking the...More

1  Thank Megan L
Reviewed 18 January 2018

The trail we walked showed us all kinds of sights, relating to volcanic activities. Hiking the beautiful trail (Sendero las Pailas) we were directed, by small signs, to the Laguna Fumarolica where temperatures reach 75-106 degrees Celcius. We saw the Pailas de Agua, the Pailas...More

1  Thank Jos P
Reviewed 14 January 2018

We were staying at nearby Hacienda Guachipelin so it was an easy short drive to the park. We walked the La Pailas trail - took us about 2 hours. The spots/vista points are well numbered and it was such a uniquely amazing experience to be...More

Thank TravelBug128
Reviewed 10 January 2018

We were a group of middle aged adults, one older man, three teens and two younger kids. We wanted to see the bubbling pots and sulfur steam of a real volcano. Well, this is the place. For $15/pp you can go on a nicely manicured...More

1  Thank travelhappyboston
Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

I found the Pailas trail one of the best educational parts of our trip. We went by car, paid a few dollars to use a private road and 15$ per person entry fee. Definitely worth its money. The hot pools, fumerolles, mud pots and vulcancito...More

1  Thank Roel R
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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.