Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park

Rincon de la Vieja Vulcano Activity in the National Park

Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park (Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja) is a park of 14,161 hectare covering a dry tropical forest region in the provinces of Guanacaste and Alajuela , centered around the Volcano, Rincón de la Vieja, and the surrounding volcanic and natural features. Sights include an extraordinary amount of interesting flora and fauna, as well as plenty of hot bubbling sulphurous mud pits and a little "mini-volcano."


The closest park to the Papagayo, Coco, Hermosa, Flamingo, Tamarindo area. This park has lots of volcanic activity, fumaroles, boiling mud pots, vapor vents, sulfur vents, forests, wild life. Great for a one day tour with the whole family. There are more complicated trails for expert hikers as well, like the crater top or the sulfur springs "Los Azufrales". There is a convenience at the entrance of the park with bathrooms. The park is closed on Mondays.


This national park was created officially decreed on 23 October 1973, created on 10 May 1974, and ratified on 27 December 1982.

It is a part of the protected area of the Conservation Area Guanacaste, (ACG) and operates in conjunction with the National Parks of Guanacaste and Santa Rosa, the Vida Silvestre Wildlife Refuge and the Horizontes Experimental Forestry Station.

The park is divided into two sectors: Pailas and Santa Maria.


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.

Flora and fauna

Upper forest trees are of small stature and are twisted and covered with epiphytes. Rincon de la Vieja is a refuge for a large population the national flower Guaria Morada (Guarianthe skinneri). Tree species such as Laurel (Cordia alliodora), Guanacaste (Enterolobium cyclocarpum), Spanish Cedar (Cedrela odorata), Copperwood (Bursera simaruba) and Copey (Clusia major) are abundant, as are strangler figs (Ficus sp.).

Approximately 300 bird species inhabit the park including the Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus), the Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus), the Crested Guan (Penelope purpurascens), the Blue-crowned Motmot (Momotus momota), the Turquoise-browed Motmot (Eumomota superciliosa), the Black-faced Solitaire (Myadestes melanops), and Long-tailed Manakin (Chiroxiphia linearis).

Mammals in the park include three species of monkey: the white-headed capuchin (Cebus capucinus), the mantled howler (Alouatta palliata), and Geoffroy's spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi). The white-nosed coati (Nasua narica), Central American agouti (Dasyprocta punctata), northern tamandua (Tamandua mexicana) and Hoffmann's two-toed sloth (Choloepus hoffmanni) are also present. Reptiles in the park include black iguanas (Ctenosaura similis) and green iguanas (Iguana iguana).

Get in

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 7AM-3PM Tu-Su.

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 can make the journey weather permitting. A four wheel drive car is advisable during the wet season.


The entrance fee is US$10.




Laguna on the grounds of Hacienda Guachipelin

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