Rincon de la Vieja National Park
About the Rincon de la Vieja Area
The Rincon de la Vieja Volcano is one of the tallest volcanoes in Guanacaste and one of the most active. These mountains in Northwestern Costa Rica can be found right on the Guanacaste/Alajuela border. It is located inside Rincon de la Vieja National Park and flanked by the Orosi and Miravalles Volcanoes. The Rincon de la Vieja region is within close access to Liberia and Papagayo Peninsula.
Flora and Fauna of the Guanacaste Mountain Range
Guanacaste Mountain Range is surrounded by a dry tropical forest filled with deciduous trees, dense shrubs, and generally shorter plants. Rincon de la Vieja National Park has almost 300 species of birds and three species of monkeys, raccoons, deer, coati, and many other small mammals. While the foot of the mountain has a similar climate to the rest of Guanacaste, as you go higher, the weather gets cooler.
The elevation of this region ranges from 500-6,283 feet at the top of Rincon de la Vieja (1,640-1,916 meters)
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What to Do in and Around Rincon de la Vieja
- Hot Springs
- ATV Rides
- Horseback Riding
Types of Travelers Who'll Enjoy the Rincon de la Vieja Region
The Guanacaste Mountain Range region attracts travelers of all types and interests, including thrill-seekers, birdwatchers, families, honeymooners, and those looking for nature, culture, or leisure and relaxation. Here are some of the main highlights and types of vacations people enjoy here.
History of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano
The name of this volcano comes from an indigenous legend of a reclusive woman who lived on the mountain and had healing powers. It has had a very active volcanic past, with larger eruptions in 1912, 1967, and 1983, and more recently in January 2019, with lots of smaller activity. Because of this activity, you can find many craters, fumaroles, and hot springs. Note: The tourist areas around the mountain are safe.
Guanacaste Mountain Range Weather
Where is the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano Located?
4.5 hours from Juan Santamaria Airport in San Jose (SJO) to downtown San Jose (11 mi/18 km)
1 hour from Guanacaste Airport in Liberia (LIR) (138 mi / 222 km)
*Times are approximate and dependent on time of day and other factors.
Rincon de la Vieja Highlights
Here's some of the most unique features of the Rincon de la Vieja volcano and surrounding area!
Rincon de la Vieja National Park: These 142 square meters (1528 sq ft) of protected land is home to over 300 species of birds, abundant wildlife, and lots of volcanic activity, such as volcanic vents and geysers.
Geothermal Fields: Guanacaste has provided approximately 40% of Costa Rica’s electricity, since 1991, partially from the geothermal fields that utilize the magma that utilize magma close to the surface to generate renewable energy.
Colorado River: This river cuts through the land, creating steep-sided canyons and challenging, but fun rapids that delight visitors of rafting, tubing, and zip line tours.