The Rincon de la Vieja National Park is renowned for its stunning rainforest diversity, yet it is a relatively undiscovered gem. Rincon de la Vieja's rainforest and volcanoes boast many colors, interesting textures and enticing fragrances. You'll discover a magical mysterious place that is among Costa Rica's most diverse national parks for ecology. It is a convenient travel destination for tourists staying at the beach resorts near Liberia, Guanacaste, like Papagayo, Hermaso, El Coco, Ocotal, Flamingo and Tamaringo. Those staying around Upala, Alejuela, La Cruz and Nicaragua are particularly close. In fact, Rincon de la Vieja is Guanacaste's most popular travel destination for day-visits. But staying such a short time does not do it justice. Even when compared to the more popular Arenal volcano, the Rincon de la Vieja volcano is regarded as being more mesmerizing and containing more natural wonders and eco-adventure tours to experience.
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Visiting Rincon de la Vieja National Park can involve a hike up the volcano, which takes 2 to 4 hours each way. The landscape changes with altitude but the physical wonders remain mesmerizing. At the top of the volcano are panoramic views of Nicoya peninsula to the east and Lake Nicaragua to the north. Hiking the volcano from the Pacific side is shorter and some people choose only to visit the famous boiling hot mud pots or commonly known as "springs." Along the northern Caribbean side, the climate starts off as a moderate rainforest that offers blue volcanic rivers, volcanic flows and natural hot springs (i.e. the natural mineral "green" at Blue River Resort & Hot Springs). This hike is more strenuous but worth it for those willing to take on the challenge.
Along the base of the park there are many lodges, resorts and hotels. In addition, there are many eco-tours and adventures set up here. For many, this eco-adventure vacation represents what Costa Rica is all about. Tours around Rincon de la Vieja National Park include mountain biking, canopying, tubing, rappelling canyons, waterfalls, horseback riding, hot springs, mud pools, bird watching, and butterfly and botanical gardens.
At the Blue River Resort & Hot Springs property there is onsite botanical gardens, butterfly gardens, natural hot springs pools and spa, plus many nearby wonders including a volcano, blue rivers, waterfalls and horseback riding tours. One popular community pastime is bull riding. The largest cities as well as the smallest of villages each have a bull riding stadium. If you have the chance, look for festivals and inquire about bull riding events. It's worth travelling to Rincon de la Vieja.
For those visiting the many Guanacaste and Nicaragua beach resorts or living in Liberia and Upala, Rincon de la Vieja is a must-visit.
WARNING: This website created the section heading, "Rincon de la Vieja" for use by visitors of the Blue River Resort & Hot Springs which is located close to one of Costa Rica's national parks, called Rincon de la Vieja. Blue River Resort & Hot Springs is located in the rainforest at the base of the volcano, Rincon de la Vieja, a stunning national park of Costa Rica with volcanoes. People often vacation at convenient beach resorts nearby, in Liberia, Guanacaste, Papagayo, Hermaso, El Coco, Ocotal, Flamingo, Tamaringo and nearby Upala, Alejuela, La Cruz and Nicaragua.. The information offered herein has been gathered from a variety of articles found online about Rincon de la Vieja for tourists and from a local guide. The factual of the information cannot be guaranteed.