Hike to Las Pailas Trail & Simbiosis Spa

Quick Details

Hour Glass 4.5 hours

Calendar Tuesday – Sunday

Clock 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. & 12 p.m.

Enjoy a Trek to Las Pailas Trail, Then Relax in Our Hotel Spa

See the best of Guanacaste on this combination tour at Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Hike the Las Pailas Trails in the Rincon de la Vieja National Park by one of Costa Rica’s most active volcanoes and relax in natural volcanic hot springs for the perfect day.

The Las Pailas (“the cauldrons”) area spectacularly shows off the awe-inspiring power of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, the most active and largest volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Sulfur and steam flow out of the rust-colored and yellow ground at natural fumaroles. Coffee-colored and clay pools boil with hot volcanic water. Smooth gray volcanic mud explodes and bubbles in large pits. This is an experience unlike any other volcano in Costa Rica.

Hike the Las Pailas loop trail 2.5 miles (3.5 km) through dry tropical forest with a bilingual naturalist guide. The park is home to more than 300 bird species, and other animals like collared peccaries, iguanas, white-nosed coatis, snakes, armadillos, and white-faced, spider, and howler monkeys.

When you finish your hike, reach the Simbiosis Spa, located a short distance from the entrance to the park and surrounded by thick forest. We invite you to enjoy our sanctuary at Simbiosis Spa in Costa Rica, amid the healing and peaceful energy of pure nature. Simbiosis Spa offers luxury spa services, scenically set next to the bubbling Colorado River in the rare tropical dry forest of Guanacaste, at the foot of the majestic Rincon de la Vieja Volcano.

For the best natural spa experience, we recommend starting with the sauna for about 10 or 15 minutes to open up all your pores. Then you should apply the pure volcanic clay – which comes directly from our volcanic mud pans – all over your body. Wait for the mud to dry and then wash it off in the showers.

Now it’s time to relax in one of our three pools with clay hot springs. Finish your treatment with a cold shower so that your pores can close again and you will feel like a newborn.

The entrance fee to the park is not included in the price.

What to Bring

  • Hiking or tennis shoes
  • Long pants
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Swimsuit
  • Camera
  • Waterproof sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Hat