Playa Hermosa

Rincon de la Vieja Hiking Tour and Waterfalls

El Jobo, Costa Rica
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From USD 145.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 8 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Explore an ancient landscape that comes alive with bubbling mud pits, steaming volcanic vents, and the screeches of howler monkeys on this hiking tour through Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Learn about the diverse habitats of Guanacaste’s tropical forests from a naturalist guide while trekking, and then recharge with a traditional Costa Rican lunch and coffee break in Liberia.
  • Day trip to Rincon de la Vieja National Park from Guanacaste
  • Explore an active volcanic landscape on a guided 2-hour hike
  • Learn about the tropical dry forest and primary forest ecosystems
  • See volcanic mud pits, sulfur ponds, and steam vents
  • Includes a typical Costa Rican lunch at a Liberia restaurant
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

What's Included

  • Hiking tour
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Waterfall and National Park fees
  • Gratuities
  • DVD (available to purchase)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Pickup details

We will be asking for your name when we arrive to the lobby of this hotels.

What To Expect

After morning pickup at your Guanacaste coast hotel, travel by van roughly 1 hour to reach Rincon de la Vieja National Park, located 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Liberia. Notice the landscape and vegetation change as you approach the slopes of the park’s active volcano. Lace up your hiking shoes and venture into the tropical dry forest and primary forest that make up the park’s ecosystem, learning about the unique features of each from your guide.

Throughout the 2-hour hike, see evidence of the area’s volcanic activity as you pass steaming fumaroles, bubbling mud pits, and sulphuric ponds. Keep an eye out also for the many wild residents that call the park home, such as toucans, agoutis, white-nosed coatis, spider and howler monkeys, and butterflies.

When you complete the hiking circuit, travel back to Liberia and reward your efforts with a hearty casado lunch plate featuring rice, beans, plantains, and meat or vegetarian fare at a city restaurant. Enjoy a bit of free time to browse local markets for souvenirs or stop for a coffee break (own expense) before returning to your hotel in the afternoon.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Not recommended for child aged 6 and under
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Monkeys! Plants! Waterfalls!
Irina_K, Dec 2022
We had wonderful and very knowledgeable guide Edgar and an experienced driver Herman. Edgar knows a lot about plants and trees and was able to spot whitefaced monkeys for us. Herman was good at finding ways to bypass accidents. Edgar and Herman were very accommodating, we were moving at a convenient for us pace. Magnificent waterfall, interesting fumaroles, wonderful rainforest, unlike the other rainforests we had seen before. Nice lunch after the trip was a good finish.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Dear Irina, Thank you for your wonderful review! We are so glad to hear that you had such a great experience with Edgar and Herman! It sounds like they were very knowledgeable, accommodating, and helpful, and we're glad that you were able to spot the whitefaced monkeys. We're also so pleased that you enjoyed the waterfall, fumaroles, and rainforest - it's always nice to see something different and new! Thank you again for your review!
Our tour guide was...
Cory_M, Sept 2022
Our tour guide was fantastic! He took the time to explain different plants and animals we saw in the park.
The guides from Viator were very...
Rita A, Mar 2017
The guides from Viator were very knowledgeable and readily shared their knowledge of the area. I did expect to cover more ground during the tour. It was pretty slow walking and would have been nice if it included going to the top of the volcano. The guide was excellent and pointed our howler monkeys and spider monkeys in the tree tops. The howler monkeys make an impressive sound. We also got to see a bird mating dance which was quite interesting and apparently not often seen. How the forest operated and the roles of the many types of trees were discussed. Overall it was very informative and enjoyable.