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Rio Negro Hot Springs & Mud Baths

“We enjoyed the hot springs, hiked to the waterfalls and were impressed by the surrounding nature.” Guest on TripAdvisor.

Mineral-rich hot springs have rejuvenating and therapeutic properties treasured for centuries by people all over the world. When you visit Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin and Rincon de la Vieja, you must experience the incredible hot springs at Rio Negro.

Beautiful and relaxing, the volcanic hot springs at Hacienda Guachipelin bubble up in the Rio Negro (“Black River”), heated naturally by the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano – the largest and most active volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Surrounded by thick forest, the crystal clear river flows through 10 man-made pools we have created to capture the steaming mineral-rich water. You access pools (of varying temperatures) on both sides of the river by two hanging bridges. Heated volcanic clay is available to smooth all over like a “spa body masque.” After it dries, wash it off with a cool shower or jump in the river before soaking again in the hot pools. The complete relaxation is pure bliss.

There are changing rooms, bathrooms and lockers at the hot springs entrance. From there, you will walk an easy trail less than a quarter-mile (350 meters) through the forest to the hot springs pools.

You can get to the Rio Negro Hot Springs by vehicle or on one of our fun Horseback Riding Tours. Our very popular One Day Adventure Pass and One Day Nature Pass also include a visit to the Rio Negro Hot Springs.

For a more private spa experience with massages, body treatments, and volcanic clay water hot springs pools, visit our Simbiosis Spa & Hot Springs.

Reserve our original Guanacaste day tours 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

Open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily

Duration: As long as you like; usually 2 hours.

Tour prices

  • Complimentary entrance for Hacienda Guachipelin hotel guests.
  • Adults: $20 USD (12+ years)
  • Children: $15 USD (4-11 years)