2 Hour Hike viewing Wildlife and Volcanic Activity

Swimming in a Natural Blue Lagoon Waterfall

Full Buffet Lunch with Salad and Dessert Bar

Natural Hot Springs and Volcanic Mud Bath at Rio Negro

Round Trip Transportation with Pick up/Drop off from Hotel




A full day tour exploring the flora, fauna and natural wonders of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park. The day consists of a moderate 2-hour hike where you will see wildlife and volcanic activity, have a visit to Oropendola Waterfall where you can swim in the blue lagoon, eat a typical Costa Rican lunch, and then relax hot springs and enjoy a volcanic mud bath.

After pick up from your hotel, you will stop for coffee and/or breakfast, you will be driven (1-2 hours depending on pick up location) up to Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, the hike begins from the Pailas Sector.

Your guide, native to Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, will help to spot wildlife such as Toucans, Capuchin monkeys, Howler Monkeys, Turkeys, Coatis, and much more. You will stop to view the volcanic activity including bubbling mud pots, fumaroles, and a mini crater. After the hike, take a short walk off the beaten path to Oropendola Waterfall just outside of the park, where you can jump in and swim in the blue lagoon. Then head over to a ranch where you will eat a typical Costa Rican lunch. Towards the end of the day, you will stop by the hot springs of Rio Negro naturally heated by the Volcano where you can do a soothing volcanic mud bath.

Transportation, tour guide, park entrance fees, water, and lunch are included. Please bring comfortable walking shoes, comfortable clothes, bathing suit, towel, bug repellent, sunscreen, and change of clothes.


Santa María sector

Single ticket works for Santa María and Las Pailas

The Santa María sector is zero overcrowded, everyone goes to Las Pailas because being all arranged is always recommended in the guides and accommodation. We recommend the sector in Las Pailas but it is also worth visiting the Santa María Sector.

One recommendation that we would make is that you have to arrive very early to the Santa María Sector and go directly to the end of the trail to be able to enjoy volcanic waters in a wild location without people. It is certainly the best in this sector. The rest has some waterfalls in which bathing is also allowed.

Natural pools in Rincon de la Vieja

We will star the path directly to the volcanic waters. The road is a straight line that ends in the natural pools and along the way there are the detours that lead to the other interests of the park.

When you get there , you would not believe it. A beautiful space surrounded by forest with no one around. You will put on the swimsuits right there (there are no dressing rooms or any type of facilities) The water according to the place is cold, hot or burning! The natural pools are fantastic.

Recommendations for bathing

It is recommended not to be in a long time because of the high concentration of minerals as it can irritate the skin. If you didn’t pay much attention… you can stay for more than an hour, and then go back in and out several times. Wonderful! In fact, the skin was very soft, like velvety.

Morpho waterfall

This is the largest waterfall. Both to go down and to move around the waterfall you have to help yourself with a cable and have some balance to avoid slipping.
In this waterfall the bath is allowed. Of course, in the Rincon de la Vieja it is very hot. The terrain is very arid, almost desert and the soil gives off a very high temperature. So a cool bath can really feel like it.


  • Guided Volcano Hiking, Waterfall, and Hot Springs day tour
  • Admission fees and taxes
  • Buffet lunch, beverages, and bottled water
  • Roundtrip transportation to and from Hotels, Condos, and Houses in Designated Areas
  • Live commentary provided in English or Spanish


  • Gratuities (optional)

Know Before You Book

  • At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place
  • You must have a reasonable level of fitness and be able to walk in unpaved or uneven terrain. A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • If you have back, neck, joint, or muscular problems, you should carefully consider whether to participate
  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible
  • Roundtrip transportation is available from all hotels, condos, and houses in Pinilla, Langosta, Tamarindo, Grande, Brasilito, Conchal, Flamingo, Potrero,.
  • Please be ready and waiting in your hotel or house 10 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time