Starting at $103 per night


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.

What to Bring

  • Lightweight Clothing
  • Comfortable Hiking Shoes
  • Sun Block
  • Camera
  • Insect Repellent
  • Rain Gear

Location and Availability

The Rincon de la Vieja National Park Hike is available from Flamingo area, Jobo, Papagayo area, Playa Grande, Rincon de la Vieja, and Tamarindo

Tour Time

  • 7:00am

Tour Type

  • Learning Family
  • Hiking
  • Waterfalls

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Recommended Ages

7 and up


Latitude: N 10°45'47.68". Longitude: W 86°41'53.2"


  • Overall 88.1% (13 Guest Ratings)
  • Experience: 87.7%
  • Expectations: 85.4%
  • Guides: 90.0%
  • Logistics: 89.2%
  • Value: 86.9%


Our guide Miguel was great and very informative.


Great driver (Dixon) and guide (Eddy). They fretted that we didn't see a lot of wildlife on our tour, but we came to see the volcanic activity and it did not disappoint! Eddy was very knowledgeable about the forest, showing us many different trees and plants and telling of their traditional uses. We stopped for a very good lunch at a beautiful canyon resort with a hanging bridge over the river. A great experience!


Guide was very knowledgeable and tried some bird calls to find some birds


Wasn't an all day tour of the national park, only half a day.


We weren't properly informed of what this tour included, and probably would have opted out had we known what it entailed. There was some miscommunication regarding what the tour entailed as we thought we were doing hot springs and mud baths. After being picked up, the tour guide informed us we would have to go to the office to pick something up. It was there that we discovered the tour we thought we were going on was not what was scheduled for the day. The tour guide did his best to change the tour to include a hike to a waterfall, but overall, I wasn't impressed with this. I wouldn't recommend this to someone else.


tour guide distracted; not always informed on what was going on


Great tour guide!


Very Good Tour and guide