This tour is designed for you to experience hiking at Rincon de la Vieja which is a national park surrounding the volcano of the same name. Translated, “The Old Woman’s Corner”, it stands well over a mile above sea level and last erupted in September, 2011. This is one of the most active volcanoes in Costa Rica and is surrounded by fumaroles, or steam and gas vents in the earth’s crust, and hot springs formed by lava. This tour is noted for the quality of its trails and panoramic views.
Hiking to see the volcano’s activities begins with air conditioned transportation from your hotel to Rincon de la Vieja National Park. You will be guided along the Las Pailas Trail at Rincon de la Vieja which starts at the ranger station and snakes through the forest in the midst of the amazing trees and wildlife. The trail eventually meanders out into dry flatland which has very little tree coverage.
You will see hot mud pools and geysers throughout this very warm part of the trail. This is the closest you will be able to get to the volcano as it is too hot to go to the crater. From here, you will be taken back through the jungle and return to the ranger station. Your naturalist guide will assist you in identifying monkeys, reptiles, Toucans and other birds, that you may encounter among the many species of wildlife inhabiting this beautiful park.
As you will have probably worked up an appetite, you will be taken into the historical city of Liberia for a hearty lunch and given an opportunity to shop for souvenirs.
Please come prepared to experience very warm weather wearing lightweight protective clothing and fully enclosed shoes for hiking. You will want to bring your sunblock, camera, binoculars, insect repellent, rain gear, and plenty of drinking water. If you are sensitive to the heat, you may want to wear a hat.
This tour includes park entrance fee, bilingual guide, lunch, drink, shopping and local transportation from Rincon de la Vieja as well as the beach areas of: Flamingo, Tamarindo, Papagayo and Playa Grande. One way transportation from your hotel to the park can take from 1 to 2.5 hours depending on where you are staying. The combined time of the tour including hiking, lunch, shopping and round trip transportation can take from 6.5 to 8.5 hours.
Note: Rincon de la Vieja National Park is closed on Mondays.