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Dicovering the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park


The Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park offers its visitors multiple options to get in close contact with nature and life. I have visited this amazing National Park more than 10 times by now and I never get tired of it. I am going to share with you a short description of all the trails you can hike in this volcano, to help you identify what better fits to you and your interests. So here it is:

1. My all-time favorite is the trail that takes you up to the crater of the volcano. The Rincón de la Vieja stands 1,916 m tall, has more than 9 eruptive centers and is one of the six active volcanoes of Costa Rica. On the way up, which takes round about 3 hours, you can see how the flora transitions according to the altitude. It is a long way up, but the view from above has no price. If you want to do this trail you gotta start early. The National Park opens to the public at 7 am, make sure to be there before lunch time.

2. There is another trail that takes you to “La Cangreja” waterfall. This beautiful area has a perfect spot to bathe and refresh after the 1.5 – 2 hour walk. Be curious and discover where the secret warm water spring is. You should definitely take some food with you to enjoy in this fresh spot of the national park a relaxing picnic surrounded by the sounds of water and nature.

3. This trail leads you to pools of boiling mud, evidence that the volcano is still active. It is a low demanding walk of about 1 hour through forest and breathtaking landscapes. If you are coming with kids or elderly people, this trail is perfect for you! There is a lot to admire and requires little physical demand.

If you think about it, you could actually spend two or three days in the Rincón de la Vieja volcano. If you like exercising your body and enjoy nature, while clearing your mind, then this is the perfect place for you. Remember the National Park is closed on Mondays!

In the area there are small but beautiful hotels, perfect to overnight. An option is the Rancho Curubandé Lodge, which is not only affordable, but also owned by a Costa Rican family.

If you have any comments or questions please share them with me! I hope you find the information useful 🙂