|Moderate Hikes||Easy Access||Geothermal Features|
|Easy Walks||Rustic Lodges||Birdwatching|
|Difficult Hikes||Adventure Tours||Authentic Costa Rica|
Rincon is not only an amazing spot but one of the few places you can access dry, rain and cloud forests all in one spot and less than an hour from many of the Guanacaste beach resorts.
Natural Attractions – Las Pailas
Las Pailas – the cauldrons is the name of the western entrance to Rincón de la Vieja National Park and also for the boiling mud pots, steam vents and mini-geysers near the ranger station. A loop trail with interpretive signs leads from the ranger station past an interesting selection of geothermal features but our favorites – natural hot springs and fumaroles – are a little farther afield.
Haciendas, Ranches & Lodges
There are a number of great converted (and some still operating) cattle ranches where you can stay in the region. Hacienda Guachipelín and Rincón de la Vieja Lodge are both close to the park, home to beautiful horse herds if you like to ride and recommended. Both natural hot springs on the property but Guachipelín has developed theirs into an open air spa while Rincón de la Vieja Lodge has left theirs in a totally natural state.
Relatively soft rocks been cut into slot canyons by area rivers and Hacienda Guachipelín offers a unique canopy zip-line, canyoneering, rappelling, rope-swinging and inner-tube riding all day tour above and in the water.
What Not to Expect Around Rincón de la Vieja
Rincón de la Vieja was tough to leave off of the list of the top ten best destinations in Costa Rica because it has so much to offer, but there are a few things that you shouldn’t expect to find in the region.