Rincon de la Vieja National Park

Discover one of the largest guarianthe skinneri growing areas, a purple orchid typical from Costa Rica

Parque Nacional Rincón de la Vieja
Parque Nacional Rincón de la Vieja
© Paco Garin

Rincon de la Vieja National Park, in Guanacaste, has one of the most impressive and beautiful landscapes of Costa Rica, since there, one of the largest guarianthe skinneri (a purple orchid that only grows in Costa Rica) growing areas is located. These flowers are considered to be the most famous flowers of Central America and a national symbol in Costa Rica, where they can be found printed in some of the bills. The main characteristic of this flower is its purple color and it has a curious shape; they are so nice and different.

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Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Costa Rica
Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Costa Rica
© Richard and Jo deMeester

But Rincon de la Vieja National Park has more interesting aspects, for example, it is one of the most important ecosystems of Guanacaste, since the park protects more than 32 river springs that flow into the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The most important rivers are Los Ahogados and Colorado. Besides, the park has one of the largest volcanic areas of Guanacaste, which is the perfect place for scientists and researchers since it houses lots of different geologic formations.

The park is divided into two different areas: Las Pailas and Santa María, which together form one of the most varied ecosystems of both plants and animals. Las Pailas is characterized by the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, that, together with the thick vegetation that surrounds it, turns the park into one of the wildest and most impressive landscapes of Costa Rica. Besides, inside the park, there are other important areas as the Cataratas Escondidas (‘hidden waterfalls’) and Cangrejas. The park has also several long paths to hike and go deep into the wildest nature, the most outstanding ones being Circular Las Pailas, Crater Activo, Colibrí, and Las Cataratas.

Santa Maria houses one of the most comfortable and cleanest ponds of Costa Rica, since its waters come from a natural thermal spring. In this area is where Santa María Manor is located and where it is possible to discover the true natural and historical essence of Costa Rica.

The park has a camping area, bathrooms, and an information desk.

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