Discover the Wonders of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano & Costa Rica Hot Springs

If you think Costa Rica is all about pristine beaches and lush rainforests, think again! Nestled in the heart of Guanacaste province, Rincon de la Vieja Volcano is quietly gaining popularity as one of the must-visit destinations in Costa Rica. And guess what? Rich Coast Tours is here to make sure you don’t miss out on the adventure of a lifetime!

Discovering the Giant: Rincon de la Vieja Volcano

So, why Rincon de la Vieja Volcano? While Arenal Volcano might be stealing the spotlight, Rincon de la Vieja offers an unparalleled experience – the chance to witness, feel, and smell an active volcano! This colossal volcanic range, aged 600,000 years, boasts nine volcanic craters and over 30 rivers flowing from its majestic slopes.

Conveniently located just an hour away from Playas del Coco, Costa Rica, Rincon de la Vieja invites you to embark on a 3.5 kilometer (2.5 miles) hike through its tropical forest. This scenic trail offers a glimpse of the region’s diverse wildlife, including white-faced, howler, and spider monkeys, armadillos, collared peccaries, white-nosed coatis, agoutis, and more.

Up Close and Personal with Volcanic Activity

The hike itself is a treat – a well-marked and well-maintained trail that leads you through steaming fumaroles, mini-geysers, bubbling volcanic mud pits, and a seasonal waterfall. It’s an up-close encounter with the raw power of nature that you won’t soon forget.

But the adventure doesn’t end there! After your hike, prepare to unwind in some of the best natural hot springs in Costa Rica, sourced from the heated volcanic rivers. Picture yourself indulging in a volcanic mud treatment, taking a refreshing dip in the Rio Colorado, and enjoying a delicious Costa Rican lunch amidst the scenic beauty of Rincon de la Vieja.

Rincon de la Vieja Volcano Exploration: Nature, Culture, and Adventure

Nestled in the heart of Guanacaste province, Rincon de la Vieja Volcano is a spectacle worth exploring. Rich Coast Tours offers an immersive 3.5 kilometer hike through the tropical forest, showcasing the volcano’s raw power through steaming fumaroles, mini-geysers, and bubbling volcanic mud pits. But the adventure doesn’t stop there. You’ll witness the wonders of this region’s diverse wildlife, including monkeys, armadillos, coatis, and more.

Enjoy Costa Rica Hot Springs and Hike Rincon de la Vieja Volcano

For those seeking an extra dose of excitement, Rich Coast Tours presents the “Choose Your Own Adventure” Day, allowing you to customize your experience and create memories tailored to your preferences.

Choose from three different adventure packages:

  • OPTION 1 – Canopy Zipline, Rappel & Rock Climbing, River Tubing
  • OPTION 2 (Our Favorite!) – Canopy Zipline, Cultural Experience, Horseback Ride, Jungle Waterslide, Tropical Orchards and Butterfly Garden, Bird Watching, Hiking Trails
  • OPTION 3 –  Canopy Zipline, Horseback Ride, River Tubing

All options include relaxing hot springs, volcanic mud treatments, lunch, and an optional stop for coffee tasting and souvenir shopping.

Vandará Nature Experience: A Day of Tranquility and Culture

Embark on a day of nature and relaxation at Vandará, set on over 350 acres of rainforest on the north side of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. Vandará aims to reconnect visitors with nature, providing an authentic Costa Rican experience. The Nature Pass offers access to thermal Costa Rica hot springs along the Tizate River, mineral mud baths, tropical gardens, bird watching, butterfly gardens, hiking trails, and a curated cultural experience.

Enjoy a day of nature and relaxation at Rincon de la Vieja Volcano

The adventure doesn’t end with nature. Vandará invites you to savor a delicious garden-to-table traditional lunch, featuring coffee, juice, water, and a local dessert. This holistic experience at Vandará ensures a serene sense of well-being, making it an essential part of your Rincon de la Vieja Volcano journey.

Practical Details: Pricing, Group Sizes, and Minimum Age

Let’s talk logistics. Rich Coast Tours ensures a personalized experience by limiting group sizes to a maximum of 12 guests. If you prefer an intimate setting, private tours are also available – just reach out to us.

Worried about pricing? Don’t be! While the website rates are based on a minimum of four guests, solo travelers or smaller groups can easily connect with others for a shared adventure. And remember, prices exclude 13 percent VAT tax and a 5 percent processing fee.

For families with young adventurers, keep in mind the minimum age recommendation. Due to the trail’s length and terrain, it’s advisable to book a private tour if you have children under 10. This way, you can explore at a leisurely pace and make the most of your Rincon de la Vieja experience.

For those with their own transportation, the option to book a discounted Vandará Nature Pass is at your fingertips, providing you with the flexibility to explore at your own pace.

What to Pack for the Ultimate Adventure

Before you embark on your journey, make sure to pack the essentials:

  • Comfortable clothing and walking shoes
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Camera to capture those unforgettable moments
  • Reusable water bottle to stay hydrated

Rich Coast Tours takes care of the details, providing an air-conditioned round-trip private shuttle with a licensed and insured driver/guide. A cooler for beverages, lunch, non-alcoholic beverages, and all entry fees are included in the package.

So, what are you waiting for? Dive into the extraordinary with Rich Coast Tours and explore the wonders of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano – your gateway to the best hot springs in Costa Rica!

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Written by Jennifer LaCharite – Costa Consultants, International