Are you a waterfall lover?
The Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park, Ione of the 4 active volcanoes, is located right at the continental divide, in the northwestern part of the country. It stands 1,916 metres high (6,286 ft) above sea level.. Because of its location, and the tropical weather, the mountain is almost always exposed to rain, giving life to many waterfalls and rivers that flow permanently. Because of the minerals from the volcanic activiy present in the different rivers, guests can enjoy the view of interesting colors that are easily noticeble. 10 waterfalls and many swimming holes will captivate visitors.
Waterfalls at Hacienda Guachipelin
This secluded waterfall is a short walk from the National Park’s entrance on a trail with varying terrain. The trek descends downward to a gorgeous canyon where you will be surrounded by towers rock walls covered in green. An incredible hanging bridge traverses the Rio Blanco canyon, leading guests to a platform that allows enjoyment of this natural wonder. Oropendula Waterfall plunges an impressive 82 feet (25 meters) to a sparkling turquoise pool within the lush canyon of the Rio Blanco. Oropendula Waterfall is a truly picturesque tropical oasis.
Las Chorreras Waterfall
Las Chorreras Waterfalls canyon is a beautiful place to relax in pristine nature. This stunning location is easily accessible, especially on a horseback riding tour from Hacienda Guachipelin. When you reach the clearing and hear the power of the waterfall, a stairway will welcome you to enjoy a swim in the tropical waterfall pool. Two side-by-side waterfalls cascade into a sky-blue mineral water pool filled with rejuvenating properties. A tiny, shallow canyon of volcanic rock rings the waterfalls and pool, creating an intimate and private oasis for a sublime swimming experience. Discover the magic of Rincón de la Vieja, looking at crystal clear waters that turn into a sky-blue river, a rio celeste as we call them in Costa Rica. This a place to explore, for this reason, a small bridge has been installed for the enjoyment of guests.
La Victoria Waterfall
With a dramatic drop of 115 feet (35 meters), the stunning Victoria Waterfall descends into the Rio Negro at Hacienda Guachipelin. The surrounding canyon hosts unique vegetation and the topography is remarkable for drone footage. At the base of the waterfall, visitors can swim in the crystal-clear pool. This is also the dramatic starting point for the incredibly fun Rio Negro Tubing Adventure. This is the location of the Tarzan swing in Guanacaste Tours’ Canyoning Adventure.
Rio Negro Waterfalls
A series of 4 watefalls at Rio Negro, translated means Black River. Starting with an easy hike alongside Rio Negro, going up stream, visitors will discover that the following waterfall is higher than the previous one, and that each one is unique. Explorers can swim in the pond at the base of each waterfall and enjoy the rejuvenating powers of the mineral contents of its waters. The trail is great, not only to discover this hidden gems, but also to enjoy the lush forest in this particular micro climate.
A short walk through the forest, to the Poza Roja (Red Pond) is a highly-recommended self-guided nature tour offered at Hacienda Guachipelin. It’s located on the Rio Blanco and features a very interesting volcanic rock formation of red and white colors. This red rock was used by ancient populations as a base for coloring pottery. The water is crystal clear, and the surroundings are impressive. Enjoy a swim in the pond’s refreshing water while you take in the natural surroundings.
La Poza de la Cueva
Right next to Poza Roja, very close to the hotel’s facilities, there is this cavern that can be explored while swimming in this nice little swimming hole. Swinging from a rope that hangs from a tree, guests can enjoy nature like a child, leaving all worries behind.
Waterfalls are included with no additional cost for Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin guests (self guided). Please check with our staff about availability, tour capacity and other information, since we have protocols established for the present time.
Waterfalls at Rincon de la Vieja National Park
At Las Pailas Trail, about halfway through the loop is the seasonal waterfall. During rainy season, from June to December, this waterfall is completely flowing. During the drought season, from January to May, the amount of water decreases as the drought season advances more.
La Cangrera Waterfall
Another fabulous hike at Rincón de la Vieja National Park, make sure to include a trip to the magnificent La Cangreja (Crab) Waterfall, also known as the blue lagoon. Near volcanic areas, rivers tend to have different colors, in this case the river turns blue right after the waterfall. This magnificent waterfall is 40 meters high, surrounded by a magnificent lush forest. The trail to reach this waterfall is 5 km long with a certain degree of difficulty, that traverses through different microclimates and types of vegetation and forest. Remember there is another 5km hike to return to the ranger station.
This hike is 4.3 km from the rangers’ station, at Las Pailas, and of course 4.3 km back. Part of the trail is shared with La Cangreja waterfall. Halfway through the path the is difficulty increases due to the ascent that must be made. Beautiful views of the lowlands and the surroundings are even more impressive with every meter gained. As a first surprise, a small waterfall, that will make hikers wonder why so much effort for such a modest waterfall, up until the second and larger, real Las Escondidas waterfall is reached.
There is an entrance fee of $15 + value added tax , per person. The park is open from Tuesday through Sunday, from 8.00 am to 3.00 pm.