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[[Image:Rincon de la Vieja Vulcano activity.JPG‎|thumb|right|300px|Rincon de la Vieja Vulcano Activity in the National Park]]
 
'''Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park''' (''Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja'')[http://www.sinac.go.cr/acg_rincondelavieja_general.php] is a park of 14,161 hectare covering a dry tropical forest region in the provinces of [[Guanacaste]] and [[Alajuela]] , centered around the Volcano, Rincón de la Vieja, and the surrounding volcanic and natural features. Sights include an extraordinary amount of interesting flora and fauna, as well as plenty of hot bubbling sulphurous mud pits and a little "mini-volcano."
 
'''Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park''' (''Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja'')[http://www.sinac.go.cr/acg_rincondelavieja_general.php] is a park of 14,161 hectare covering a dry tropical forest region in the provinces of [[Guanacaste]] and [[Alajuela]] , centered around the Volcano, Rincón de la Vieja, and the surrounding volcanic and natural features. Sights include an extraordinary amount of interesting flora and fauna, as well as plenty of hot bubbling sulphurous mud pits and a little "mini-volcano."
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
[[Image:Rincon de la Vieja Vulcano activity.JPG‎|thumb|right|300px|Rincon de la Vieja Vulcano Activity in the National Park]]
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The closest park to the Papagayo, Coco, Hermosa, Flamingo, Tamarindo area. This park has lots of volcanic activity, fumaroles, boiling mud pots, vapor vents, sulfur vents, forests, wild life. Great for a one day tour with the whole family. There are more complicated trails for expert hikers as well, like the crater top or the sulfur springs "Los Azufrales". There is a convenience at the entrance of the park with bathrooms. The park is closed on Mondays.  
 
The closest park to the Papagayo, Coco, Hermosa, Flamingo, Tamarindo area. This park has lots of volcanic activity, fumaroles, boiling mud pots, vapor vents, sulfur vents, forests, wild life. Great for a one day tour with the whole family. There are more complicated trails for expert hikers as well, like the crater top or the sulfur springs "Los Azufrales". There is a convenience at the entrance of the park with bathrooms. The park is closed on Mondays.  
  
 
===History===
 
===History===
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This national park was created officially decreed on 23 October 1973, created on 10 May 1974, and ratified on 27 December 1982.
 
This national park was created officially decreed on 23 October 1973, created on 10 May 1974, and ratified on 27 December 1982.
  
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===Landscape===
 
===Landscape===
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The park forms park of the ''watershed'' for the province of Guanacaste. The province has 32 rivers, including the el Colorado, Blanco and the  Ahogados.  
 
The park forms park of the ''watershed'' for the province of Guanacaste. The province has 32 rivers, including the el Colorado, Blanco and the  Ahogados.  
  
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==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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The park is accessible only by car. From [[Liberia]] it's 5 km north up the Inter-American Highway, turn right (east) towards Curubande and head 17 km, then keep going until you pass through Hacienda Guachipelin. The park hours are 7AM-3PM Tu-Su.
 
The park is accessible only by car. From [[Liberia]] it's 5 km north up the Inter-American Highway, turn right (east) towards Curubande and head 17 km, then keep going until you pass through Hacienda Guachipelin. The park hours are 7AM-3PM Tu-Su.
  
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==See==
 
==See==
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At this time the trail to the crater is closed. Possibility to walk by the security warnings and hiked up, ensure you have a clear view.  
 
At this time the trail to the crater is closed. Possibility to walk by the security warnings and hiked up, ensure you have a clear view.  
 
It's yet not advised to go on your own. The trail is really bad and it may stay closed for a while (just by sight). Count three hours to get to the top and two hours to get down.
 
It's yet not advised to go on your own. The trail is really bad and it may stay closed for a while (just by sight). Count three hours to get to the top and two hours to get down.
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==Do==
 
==Do==
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*<do name="Adventure Tours" alt="" address="Hacienda Guachipelin, Rincon de la Vieja National Park" directions="Next to Rincon de la Vieja National Park, from Liberia 5 km north, turn right 17 km towards the National Park." phone="+506 2665-2613, +506 2256-5693" url="http://www.guanacastetours.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="starting at $25" lat="" long="">The best one day tours in the area. From soft to hard adventure, hot springs, mud springs, horseback rides, canopy tours, white water tubing, canyoning, hiking, bird watching, wildlife and cultural activities. There is a full day package that includes a buffet style lunch. There are tours for different budgets</do>
 
*<do name="Adventure Tours" alt="" address="Hacienda Guachipelin, Rincon de la Vieja National Park" directions="Next to Rincon de la Vieja National Park, from Liberia 5 km north, turn right 17 km towards the National Park." phone="+506 2665-2613, +506 2256-5693" url="http://www.guanacastetours.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="starting at $25" lat="" long="">The best one day tours in the area. From soft to hard adventure, hot springs, mud springs, horseback rides, canopy tours, white water tubing, canyoning, hiking, bird watching, wildlife and cultural activities. There is a full day package that includes a buffet style lunch. There are tours for different budgets</do>
  
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==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
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[[Image:Waterfall Laguna.JPG|thumb|right|250px|Laguna on the grounds of Hacienda Guachipelin]]
 
[[Image:Waterfall Laguna.JPG|thumb|right|250px|Laguna on the grounds of Hacienda Guachipelin]]
  
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*<sleep name="Bourinquen Resort &amp; Spa" alt="" address="Rincon de la Vieja" directions="Liberia, Guanacaste" phone="+506 2690-1900" url="http://www.borinquenresort.com/" checkin="2PM" checkout="12:00 noon" price="" lat="" long="">Opened in 1999. Take advantage of the curative properties that have long been attributed to mineral rich waters and mud-pots. 2 bungalow rooms with facilities as well as 1 Jr. suite. Have ''100% accessible'' rooms and public areas including the restaurant La Carreta, front desk and lobby, pool, spa, stables and other surrounding areas and strive to cope with any ''special needs''. 5 room styles, can cater to weddings and special events.</sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Bourinquen Resort &amp; Spa" alt="" address="Rincon de la Vieja" directions="Liberia, Guanacaste" phone="+506 2690-1900" url="http://www.borinquenresort.com/" checkin="2PM" checkout="12:00 noon" price="" lat="" long="">Opened in 1999. Take advantage of the curative properties that have long been attributed to mineral rich waters and mud-pots. 2 bungalow rooms with facilities as well as 1 Jr. suite. Have ''100% accessible'' rooms and public areas including the restaurant La Carreta, front desk and lobby, pool, spa, stables and other surrounding areas and strive to cope with any ''special needs''. 5 room styles, can cater to weddings and special events.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Rancho Curubandé Lodge" alt="" address="Rincón de la Vieja (Liberia, Guanacaste)" directions="Drive 5 km north from Liberia along Pan American Hwy, take exit on the right to Curubandé. Stay 600 meters on road and the lodge can be found on the right hand side. Follow signs" phone="+50626650375" url="http://www.rancho-curubande.com/index.htm" checkin="" checkout="" price="$50" lat="10.663476" long="-85.465062">It is a small, family owned lodge 15 km away from the Volcan Rincón de la Vieja National Park. It is located in a Costa Rican farm dedicated to hay and sugar cane. Tours on site are available. Prices include taxes and breakfast.</sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Rancho Curubandé Lodge" alt="" address="Rincón de la Vieja (Liberia, Guanacaste)" directions="Drive 5 km north from Liberia along Pan American Hwy, take exit on the right to Curubandé. Stay 600 meters on road and the lodge can be found on the right hand side. Follow signs" phone="+50626650375" url="http://www.rancho-curubande.com/index.htm" checkin="" checkout="" price="$50" lat="10.663476" long="-85.465062">It is a small, family owned lodge 15 km away from the Volcan Rincón de la Vieja National Park. It is located in a Costa Rican farm dedicated to hay and sugar cane. Tours on site are available. Prices include taxes and breakfast.</sleep>

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