“Rincón de la Vieja”: Water-Skin, Fire-Heart

There Are Unique Experiences that Can Only Be Lived in This National Park...

The “Rincón de la Vieja” (Old Lady’s Corner) National Park, located in the volcanic mountain range of Guanacaste, at the height of the city of Liberia, also known as the “White City” because the lava and emanations of this volcano form a white structure and Liberia is based on it.

From the geological point of view, the Rincón de la Vieja massif is a composite structure. It is, basically, an active volcano stratum that is located in a volcanic massif of 1,920 meters above sea level and presents 9 eruptive foci. Out of these 9 eruptives, one remains active and is an immense cylindrical boiler and the rest in a still state. To the south of this crater, there is a lagoon of pure water that has an area of ​​2.5 hectares and is the crater of the “Santa María” Volcano.

Santa María Volcano’s crater

This massif is covered with a striking forest and at the foot of the volcano, on the south side are the areas of great tourist attraction they are the mud volcanoes, the batteries, and the burner, in addition to sources of hot springs, this activity covers a surface of a 50 hectares

Here, there are several hot springs. These give rise to very hot streams; sulphatic lagoons occupied by small depressions in which the muddy water bubbles continuously; holes where steam jets rise -particularly during the rainy season; and mud volcanoes of varied shapes and dimensions.

Activities near the volcano abound

Horse trails in this area are the best in the country. Explore the countryside on horseback or an all-terrain excursion and take a walk through the Rincón de la Vieja National Park. This is also an area known for its clear waters.

Breathtaking view

At almost 1,700 feet at sea level, Rincón de la Vieja offers spectacular visits. Many surrounding landscapes and incredible coasts. This area is famous for its abundant varied flora and fauna, which include an incredible amount of protected orchids, including the national flower of Costa Rica: the “Guaira Morada”.

Fauna, flora, and the Monument of Rincón de la Vieja

The Rincón de la Vieja area is also an excellent place to watch many species of monkeys, such as howler monkeys, spider monkeys, and white-face monkeys, and a variety of colorful birds, including hocofaisans and toucans. Magnificent parks surrounding Rincón de la Vieja should be on the list of all visitors to Costa Rica.


Now, with the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, getting to this beautiful area is much easier than ever before. This is really amazing addition to your vacation in Costa Rica.

Adventures in Rincón de la Vieja

Home to a 35,000-acre national park, the region is known for its working cattle ranches and amazing picturesque terrain with hot springs. Also, there are huge waterfalls bubbling mud pools and smoking volcanoes.

Travelers looking for an action-filled vacation will not be disappointed. Adventure tours include everything; from clear water tubing to full days on horseback riding. Also, get ready to celebrate the cowboy traditions of the region on your visit to the wild and wonderful Rincón de la Vieja.

Horseback rides

Cowboy Inheritance

The province of Guanacaste has a long history of livestock in the area surrounding the Rincón de la Vieja National Park is dotted with several working ranches. A fist of these livestock establishments has opened eco-shelters that invite travelers to experience their cowboy heritage first hand.

You are going to ride a ranch, learn about livestock, and of course explore the park’s most popular attractions.

Exciting adventure tours in Rincón de la Vieja

Adventure lovers are in a dilemma with all the tours to choose from; for example, flying over the treetops on a Canopy excursion. Finally, test your strength in an exciting rappelling adventure.

In addition to the great horseback riding, another favorite is a tubing adventure along the Black River. For a less hectic adventure, you should consider a guided ride to the crystal waterfalls of the Rincón de la Vieja National Park.

It is very likely that you can contemplate the local fauna; pizotes and abundant bird species, among others.

Hot spring relaxation and spa

Mud body treatment in Rincón de la Vieja surrounding areas

In addition to the natural hot springs within the park, some of the luxury accommodations feature elegant onsite spas. They offer curative mud baths, steam baths, saunas, and a great variety of massages and body treatments.

After a long day of adventures, relax with a delicious chocolate wrap, or enjoy a pleasant facial massage. In conclusion… The perfect ending to an already awesome day!

SOURCEYohander Rodríguez
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