Volcan Rincon de la Vieja | Costa Rica, 2000


Waterfall on the climb up Rincon de la Vieja

Distance :  16 km round trip from Las Pailas Ranger Station.

Avg.Time : 5 – 6 hours.

Start / Finish :

  • Las Pailas or Santa Elena Ranger Stations, Rincon de la Vieja National Park.
  • Transport to the national park can be arranged through the tourist office in Liberia. Alternatively, regular buses will take you as far as Curubande, from where it is a 10km walk to Las Pailas.

Season :  December to April offers the best chance of views.

Maps / Info :


Route / Conditions :

  • As you can see from the photos below, the weather was pretty ordinary during much of my time on Rincon de la Vieja.
  • For photos taken in clearer weather click here.
  • I may not have seen much in the way of views, but I did spend an enjoyable couple of hours post-hike soaking in the sulphurous hot springs, situated 3km west of Santa Elena Ranger Station. Fantastic spot.

Sleeping :

  • No problems camping in the National Park. Alternatively, basic accommodation is available at both ranger stations.



Overview :

  • There is no way around it. I had pretty ordinary weather and saw very little. That being said, going from the photos I have seen and the opinions of others who have hiked Rincon in clearer weather, it appears to be a truly spectacular place. May be worth another visit one of these years!



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