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Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park

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Travel Guide Central America Costa Rica Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park

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Introduction

Rincon de la vieja

Rincon de la vieja

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Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park, in Spanish Parque Nacional Volcán Rincón de la Vieja, is part of the Guanacaste Conservation Area which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is located in the northwest of Costa Rica which and consists of the Rincon de la Vieja, Santa Maria and the Cerro Von Seebach volcanoes, the last one being dormant. The last eruption of any of the active volcanoes was the Rincón de la Vieja in 1998. The main gateway to the park is Liberia.

The park forms park of the watershed for the province of Guanacaste. The province has 32 rivers, including the el Colorado, Blanco and the Ahogados. In addition, there are sixteen intermittent streams, which supply the rivers in the province.

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Sights and Activities

The park has an enormous biodiversity with over 300 species of birds, like the quetzals, curassows, eagles, tourcan and many more. Mammals include cougars (also called puma/mountain lion), monkeys, kinkajous, jaguars, sloths dozens more.

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Cost

The entrance fee is US$10.

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Getting There

The park is accessible only by car. From Liberia it's 5 km north up the Inter-American Highway, turn right (east) towards Curubande and head 17 km, then keep going until you pass through Hacienda Guachipelin. The park hours are Tu-Su 07:00-15:00.

Be certain you have a spare tire and jack in your car. The gravel road has many sharp edges to the gravel. A two-wheel-drive car can make the journey weather permitting. A four wheel drive car is advisable during the wet season.

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Eat

  • Restaurante La Hacienda (Rinon de la Vieja, at Guachipelin's main entrance), ☎ +506 2665-2613. 06:30-21:00. Restaurant with panoramic view of the coast line and the flat lands. from US$10.

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Sleep

  • Blue River Resort & Hot Springs (Drive north from Liberia along Panamerican, take exit at Quebrada Grande and follow signs),), ☎ +506 2206-5000. North base of Rincon de la Vieja volcano national park in the rainforest - Cabins among 4 natural mineral hot springs pools, a fresh water pool with a bullet waterslide, full service a spa, botanical gardens, butterfly farm, tours to volcanic blue river, waterfalls, horseback riding, nature hikes and much more.
  • BuenaVista Lodge, In Liberia, from Burger King 13 kilometres on the Interamericana road, towards Peñas Blancas, until you get to the entrance of Cañas Dulces –only entrance towards the east- (on the right hand side) that is paved, then you drive 18 kilometres towards the towns of Cañas Dulces and Buena Vista that are on the way, ☎ +506 2665-7759. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Presents the daily life in a Hacienda in Guanacaste. Has operated under sustainable tourism principles since 1991. Adventures tours are available in the hotel. US$36.
  • Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin, Rincon de la Vieja, Guanacaste, Costa rica (From Liberia take road #1, 5 Km. turn right at Rincon de la Vieja Entrance 17 kilometres, passing a gated entrance.), ☎ +506 2256-5693. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Nested in a hacienda at the base of the most visited volcano in Guanacaste. Still operating as a traditional cattle ranch. Closest hotel to National Park Rincon de la Viejat. Tours for all ages, from soft to hard adventure. Hiking, horseback rides, canopy tours, canyoning and white water tubing. US$44.
  • Bourinquen Resort & Spa, Rincon de la Vieja (Liberia, Guanacaste), ☎ +506 2690-1900. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Opened in 1999. Take advantage of the curative properties that have long been attributed to mineral rich waters and mud-pots. 2 bungalow rooms with facilities, and 1 junior suite. Have 100% accessible rooms and public areas including the restaurant La Carreta, front desk and lobby, pool, spa, stables and other surrounding areas and strive to cope with any special needs. 5 room styles, can cater to weddings and special events.
  • Casa Rural Aroma de Campo, Curubande, Liberia (From Liberia, take the highway north 1.5 kilometres. Turn east onto the road for Rincon de la Vieja. Go about 14 kilometres to Curubande. 2 kilometres after passing through town, find this place on your left. There are signs for the 300 m driveway on the right side of the road. Small vehicles should drive up the driveway with care.), ☎ +506 2665-0008, e-mail: info@aromadecampo.com. This is a 6-room B&B-style hotel with family-style meals and a nice location on the top of the hill.
  • El Sol Verde, Curubande, Liberia, ☎ +506 2665-5357, e-mail: info@elsolverde.com. This is a B&B-style place with both rooms and tent cabins. Breakfast is offered, though dinner is not.

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