The largest volcano in the Guanacaste Mountain Range, Rincón de la Vieja is made up of 9 separate but contiguous craters. Established in 1973, a national park encompasses 14164ha/35000acres of protected habitat surrounding this steaming colossus. It protects 32 rivers and streams that conform the region’s most important watershed.
Probably the most striking thing about the Rincón de la Vieja area are their trails: A bit of dry forest a bit of humid rain forest and a bit of steaming small craters and hot rivers passing by… The diversity of this park is simply breathtaking. That… and its wildlife!
The wildlife that makes its home within the park’s boundaries is prolific. In birds alone, Rincón de la Vieja harbours over 300 species (including curassows, bellbirds, parrots, hummingbirds, owls, woodpeckers, tanagers, motmots, eagles, and even the elusive quetzal). Mammals can also be commonly found at the park; visitors have been known to commonly spot coatis, deer, peccaries, two-toed sloth, squirrels, and howler monkeys.
Sunny season from November to May. Very windy on late December and January.
Rainy season from June to October.
Usually, in the rainy season it only rains in the afternoons