After some days of Costa Rica travel adventure spent in the Southwest Nicoya Peninsula region, at Nosara Beach, and visiting Ostional and the Natural Refuge, we went back to Liberia, where we had stayed after arriving from San Jose. This time we were about to make a change in our itinerary, leaving the ocean for a few days -we will be back, I promise!- and ready to know some of the volcanoes of Guanacaste.
I have been to the Irazu and Turrialba volcanoes, and I know how amazing volcanoes can be in Costa Rica. Volcanoes in Guanacaste can be different to the ones near San Jose, because they are closer to the ocean and there are different geographic conditions. That makes for one of the best Costa Rica volcano tours. The first volcano that we visited in Guanacaste is the Rincon de la Vieja. The Rincon de la Vieja is in the national park of the same name, one of the largest in Central America, and the largest dry forest in the sub-continent, located 20 miles northeast from Liberia.
That’s where it all starts, since three more parks are part of the Rincon, as well six neighbor volcanic peaks, including the Orosi, Santa Maria and Miravalles. Just the Rincon de la Vieja has nine craters, and most of them are dormant. The park has a section in the North Pacific, with dry weather most of the year, and a side in the Caribbean with rainy cloud forest. The climate is colder as you ascend since it goes from 2,100 to 6,200 feet high at its peak.
Covering so much ground, there is so much to do and see at Rincon de la Vieja: From waterfalls to hot springs, boiling mud pits in the craters, a volcanic lagoon and trails for hiking and horse-riding to a canopy in Guanacaste over the dry forest, it all sums for a great Costa Rica eco tour. I enjoyed the heart-stopping view from the summit -from where you can see as far as the Nicoya Peninsula and the Nicaragua Lake- and the deep green vegetation. There’s also white tubing water and hot sulfur water in case you want to relax.
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