El Rincon de la Vieja NP (Santa Maria sector) | Established Campground

Costa Rica


almost 3 years ago
18.1 masl


Natural Source
Running Water
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Beautiful national park with all facilities. Hiked to some of the best hot springs we've experienced so far. Foreigners $15 per person entrance plus $4 per person to camp. Fun muddy road during rainy season.


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Vans can park next to the fence next to the tent camping and enjoy the big nice grass area sharing it with horses.

15usd park entrance for foreigners is as in any NP in CR discriminatory and in this case not worth it.
Tipp to save those 15usd and still bath in the thermal/sulfur water. Arrive past 16:00 and a watchmen opens you the gate. As he can't charge, you need to wait until next day to pay. Next morning go at 6am to 7am to hot springs and when you check out arround 11am go and pay for just camping. No reason to feel bad for lying because Ticos pay 1000colones entry only.

In september no trouble with bugs or the mentioned black flies.

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We chose not to stay in the campsite as it’s thick with black flies which is pretty unbearable. The facilities are basic and there are no views. We would recommend the wild camping spot on the road up to the park instead where you can watch the sunset for free

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We loved the hot springs here. Probably the best we have been to over 4 years overlanding. On a weekday we had the place all to ourselves, no other visitors. If you buy the $15 park entrance ticket in the morning you have time to do this and the short sulphur-springs trail at Las Pailas Sector on the same day (paying the one entry fee). If you go to Las Pailas sector another day, you have to pay again. We didn't camp here, but it looks nice.

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The direct road to this entrance from Liberia is NOT paved. It is bumpy and rough. The overnight area for rigs is the parking lot (flat, shady, beautiful) Area for tents is different region. Temps were great. Bugs were thick. The sign says NO MASCOTAS. So I quickly divulged that we had a dog. The head ranger was firm as he allowed an overnight if the dog stayed inside the vehicle and no visitors saw the dog. No walking the dog.
This was expensive for an overnight. The trails look intriguing and seem well signed. But we left in the morning without exploring.

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We enjoyed the sulphur luke warm pools, then headed to the water falls which was not much to my expectation. Headed back and stayed over night as it started raining a little and we loved the chilled weather after all those super hot Pacific climate. 15$ per person for the entrance and 4$per person to camp. Seriously, it’s not worth coming all the way with up and down road...3kms of dirt road. We enjoyed the climate so atleast worth to cut the heat ;-)

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nice camping area with tables and toilets. clean water. Road in good condition. lots of walking paths. mosquito repellent is a must. Also watch out with ticks on the grass.

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Great day here at the NP. They are paving the road, so any car can make it up. We enjoyed the sulphur pools and swimming underneath the waterfalls! We even saw two toucans!

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Camped here after hiking to beautiful hot springs. Lovely walk about 45 mins each way. (Black flies bad in parking area near campsite, but none on the hike. Bug repellent a must if you're planning on cooking outside. Beware- it can be extremely windy - although I was only here one night. Used ratchet strap to hold the rooftent in place and prevent violent flapping of the canvas. Deafening roar as winds came over the mountain. Slept very little. Bathrooms and showers are in a very poor state. Cost- $15 for park entry (pp) and $4 pp to camp.

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Beautiful national park with all facilities. Hiked to some of the best hot springs we've experienced so far. Foreigners $15 per person entrance plus $4 per person to camp. Fun muddy road during rainy season. High clearance and 4x4 may be needed. Park closes on Mondays.

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