Hiking in Rincon de la Vieja National Park & Oropendula Waterfall
Combine the fun adventure of hiking in Rincon de la Vieja National Park, by one of Costa Rica’s most active volcanoes, and swimming at a beautiful rainforest waterfall. See our Horseback riding tour to the Oropendula Waterfall and Rincon de la Vieja National Park for another fun option to this tour.
From Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin, we will walk 45 minutes on a scenic forest trail to the Las Pailas entrance of the Rincon de la Vieja National Park. The Las Pailas area, which means “the Cauldrons” in Spanish, spectacularly shows off the awesome power of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, the largest and most active volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Steaming fumaroles, mini-geysers and bubbling volcanic mud pits give you an incredible experience like no other volcano in Costa Rica.
With our bilingual naturalist guide, you will hike the Las Pailas loop trail 2.5 miles (3.5 km) through dry tropical forest to see the best views of the volcano, incredible nature, volcanic activity and wildlife. The park is home to more than 300 bird species, and other animals like armadillos, collared peccaries, iguanas, snakes, white-nosed coatis, and white-faced, howler and spider monkeys.
When you finish your hike, you’ll be ready for a refreshing swim in the Oropendula Waterfall. It is a short walk from the national park entrance on a trail with varying terrain to get down to the river bottom. You also will walk a short distance in the river to reach the falls. The Oropendula Waterfall spills an impressive 82 feet (25 meters) down to a bright turquoise pool in the picturesque lush canyon of the Rio Blanco (White River).
After a relaxing time at the waterfall, our day tour in Guanacaste finishes with the walk back to Hacienda Guachipelin.
You also can get to the Rincon de la Vieja National Park and Oropendula Waterfall using hotel transport, one or both ways. The drive is 10 minutes from the hotel.
All tours are arranged at Hacienda Guachipelin’s Adventure Center; open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for hotel guests and day visitors.
Tour times: 8:30 AM / 11:00 AM
Tour duration: 5 hours
Tour Prices: USD $45 adults (11+ years) / USD $35 children (4-10 years)
* Please note: Park entrance fee ($15 /person) is not included in the tour price. The Rincon de la Vieja National Park is closed on Mondays. However all of the rest of our tours operate every day.