Rincón de la Vieja, Costa Rica

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Located in the north-western part of the country, the region surrounding Rincón de la Vieja is easily accessible from the International Airport in Liberia, just a hour away by car. The fascinating region is full of adventure and places to explore. The Rincón de la Vieja National Park, featuring its namesake volcano, is the centerpiece, with tons of stunning hiking trails and home to a plethora of wildlife and insect species.

History & Culture

In addition to the national park, the region is also home to the celebrated "Sabaneros," Costa Rican cowboys. Named for the plains ("sabanas") they work, the sabaneros are known for their trademark tall boots (to avoid snakes), leather belts with machetes, "pañuelos" around their necks, and "chonetes" (classic Costa Rican farmers hats) on their heads. Today sabaneros can still be seen in this region, raising cattle and tending to the haciendas of the region.


Hacienda Guachipelin and Borinquen Hotel are two excellent choices for lodging in this region. Both offer comfortable rooms and suites as well as restaurants featuring delicious local cuisine, hot springs, hiking trails, and access to the best adventures in the area.


Adventure lovers will thrive in this region, home to activities like rafting, tubing, canyoning, and mountain biking. One of the best ways to explore the area is from the tops of the trees on a canopy tour. You'll zip from platform to platform high above the forest floor. The area also boasts some of the best horseback riding in the country, with lovely trails winding through lush tropical forests.

Of course, you'll have to spend some time hiking through Rincón de la Vieja National Park. The park offers several hiking trails past bubbling waterfalls and boiling mud pits, to the top of the crater of the volcano that makes its home in the park. On a clear day, you'll be rewarded with impressive views that can stretch from the Pacific in the west all the way to the Caribbean Sea in the east.

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