Rincón Volcano Hike


An invigorating half-day hike through Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park, often called “Costa Rica’s Yellowstone” because of its abundant thermal activity.

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Tour Description

Enjoy the best nature tour in Guanacaste with the one-day Nature Pass at Hacienda Guachipelín. Observe breathtaking nature and wildlife, incredible volcanic activity, and the scenic beauty of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano.

We’ll explore the amazing Las Pailas Trail, then enjoy a walk to Oropendola Waterfall and take a swim in its outstanding blue pool. After that, we’ll soak in hot springs and relaxing volcanic mud baths. The package also includes a big buffet lunch at Hacienda Guachipelín.

On this tour you’ll see a seasonal waterfall, primeval forests, many birds and animals and lots of volcanic geothermal features, including fumaroles, bubbling mud pots and sulfur lakes. The trail is of moderate difficulty, about 2–2.5 hours but rarely steep.

Tour prices do not not include the national park entrance fee, which in 2023 was $16.95 for foreign adults and $5.65 for children ages 2 to 12.  

The tour is offered Tuesday through Sunday and lasts 5 hours. It starts at 8:30 a.m and 11:00 a.m., with an option for round-trip transportation in which pick-up occurs two hours before the tour. 

What to bring: Hat, camera, swimsuit, long pants, insect repellent, sunscreen, walking shoes, water.

What is Included?

  • Hike to Las Pailas Trail at Rincón de la Vieja National Park
  • Oropendola waterfall
  • Hot Springs
  • Lunch at Hacienda Guachipelín
  • Bilingual guide
  • Transportation w/AC available for a fee

What is Excluded?

  • Gratuity
  • National park entrance fees

Know Before You Go

  • This half-day tours last five hours.

Reviews (05)

Mike Snow
25 Mar 2019
Our January 12 to the 22 stay was our second trip to Villa la Sata. We didn’t think it could get any better but this was a very special time in this extremely special place. For all our experiences here in Guanacaste this Estate cannot be matched. The village of Flamingo provides varied opportunities for dining and entertainment. Whether at Angelina’s, Coco Loco or La Forketta the food was amazing. The in home chef Jean Luc was the BEST! The beauty of the white sand beach of Flamingo is unparalleled. The staff at Villa la Sata was extremely accommodating. There was no better way to escape the cold of Montana. We will return yet again, Michael Snow
Josh Wright
02 Apr 2018
It would be tougher to spend a week in Costa Rica in a nicer home than Villa La Sata. Not only is it centrally located to the “hopping” area of the Pacific Coast side of Costa Rica, it is positioned on the property and Bay perfectly. A view of over 180 degrees of the ocean is breathtaking. The home is beautiful, updated and unquestionably a once-in-a-lifetime vacation home. This will go down as the nicest home we have ever spent time in, on vacation.
T. Meehan
21 Mar 2018
We stayed at Villa La Sata, in Costa Rica for a few days in February. It is a very special place which is beautifully appointed with detail after detail. I can’t imagine a better location in the world to soak up the sun on its terraces, perched on a cliff overlooking a mile or so of wonderful beach. We had magnificent sunsets every night that were among the best I have ever seen. My wife was in heaven as she cannot miss a sunset.
Holden Ogg
23 Mar 2018
Staying at Villa La Sata was an amazing experience! The views were immaculate and the villa was very impressive… I loved waking up to the sound and site of the beach each morning. The fact that you can see the water as the front gate opens and from every room is why I would consider this the Gem of Flamingo. I’ve never experienced anything like the sunsets here as well. As a videographer and photographer it was more than just a paradise it was Heaven.

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