Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

By Tim Kroeger January 22, 2014 Central America, Costa Rica

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The Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park (in Spanish: Parque Nacional Volcán Rincón de la Vieja) is located in the province of Guanacaste and Alajuela.

It has a size of 14,083 hectare and is divided into two areas; Las Palais and Santa María. The main entrance is situated 25 kilometers northwest of Libería.


Rincon de la Vieja is an active volcano that is more than one million years old.

The name is translated to “Old woman´s nook” and refers to the legend of a girl whose father has thrown her lover into the volcano. Afterwards she became according to the legend a recluse with healing power.

Adventurous bridge over the Río Colorado
Adventurous bridge over the Río Colorado

Due to its high activity and a series of eruptions around the crater it is since September 2011 not possible anymore to hike up to the crater (January 1st, 2014). However you have the chance to see many geothermal activities.

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Useful Information

How to get there

There are no public busses going to the national park. From Libería you have to drive 5 km north up the Inter-American Highway and then turn right towards Curubande. Follow the road for 17 km.

I personally stayed at Curubande and got a lift at 6am from some locals who are working at a project near the national park. On my way back I got a lift from a truck driver. Hitchhiking is quite normal in this area. When you are travelling on a budget that could be a good option for you.

Opening times

The national Park is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 3pm. It is closed on Monday!


The entrance fee is $10.

Where to stay?

I recommend the Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin or the Borinquen Mountain Resort & Spa which are perfect starting points for your tour to the Rincon de la Vieja National Park in Costa Rica.

Do not miss out the Río Blanco with its turquoise blue water. It is a perfect place to relax after a long hike in the Rincon de la Vieja National Park.

Río Blanco with its turquoise blue water
Río Blanco with its turquoise blue water

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Cheap Flights:

My top choice is kayak.com. You can easily search for the best fares over 30 days or see where you can go on your budget. My favorite airline is Qatar Airways, I especially like the on-demand menu in Business Class. 

Hotel Deals:

I would recommend checking out Agoda.com. It is one of the leading hotel sites with worldwide more than 500,000 hotels. Other sites I check are Booking.com and Expedia. Trusted Housesitters connects you with home and pet owners who need a sitter when going away. Another great option is Airbnb – Use this link to get $40 off your first stay. Visit TripAdvisor for hotel reviews.

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