Travel to Costa Rica
Day 14 Liberia - Rincón de la Vieja - Guanacaste beaches - Liberia (233 Km.)
(in 25 Km.) Rincón de la Vieja National Park: We access through a bumpy road to the park. We pass through the middle of a private property, which is why we have to pay a toll of two dollars. The massif of Rincon de la Vieja, of 1,916 meters, is a composite structure. At the top have been identified nine eruptive points, one active and the others inactive or in decline. To the south of the crater there is a lake of pure water.
Rincón de la Vieja National Park - Fumaroles
The last strong eruptive period, with launching of large clouds of ash and production of earthquakes and subterranean noises, occurred between 1966 and 1970. The most recent eruption occurred in 1983, 1984, 1991 and 1996. At present, the Rincon de la Vieja presents fumarole activity. Next to the gatehouse is a booth where we must enroll for any of the possible excursions.
Rincón de la Vieja National Park - El volcancito (the little volcano)
At the foot of the volcano, in the south side are the areas called Las Pailas and Las Hornillas (The Burners), covering an area of 50 ha. There are hot springs here, which give rise to streams of very hot water; sulfuric lagoons occupied by small depressions in the muddy water continuously bubbling, holes through which jets of steam rise, particularly during the rainy season, and mud volcanoes in varied shapes and dimensions.
Rincón de la Vieja National Park - Steaming lagoon
(in 54 Km.) Playa del Coco (Coco beach): We visit some of the best beaches of northern Guanacaste. Playa del Coco (Coco beach) is a tourist center, which houses a large number of fishermen and offers a very picturesque landscape. It covers an area of 3 km. The beach is of gray sand, with rocky headlands at either end, which protect it from strong waves and allow various water sports and fishing.
(in 5 Km.) Playa Hermosa: Its beach has an area of 1,500 meters yellowish gray sand and blue-green water. It is a typical half open small bay beach, with a very gentle waves. There are lots of vegetation on the coast and hills on either side, with good scenery. Playa Hermosa is the base of Bill Beard Diving Safari, a company well known for diving in Costa Rica.
(in 54 Km.) Playa Conchal: Playa Conchal is surrounded by tropical dry forest. The beach is white sand (made of shells and volcanic sand) and the sea is crystal clear. Leafy trees lining the beach. In this corner there is a luxury hotel of Melia with a private beach.
Sunset at Tamarindo
(in 25 Km.) Tamarindo: The long bay of Tamarindo is ideal for swimming and long walks on the beach. Among the activities that can be performed they include golf, boat trips, horseback riding, sailing, diving, snorkeling, fishing and surfing. The small town of Tamarindo offers several restaurants and bars to enjoy the nightlife. North of town is the protected area of Tamarindo, mainly mangrove cover. The neighboring Playa Grande is the nesting site for the leatherback sea turtle.
(in 70 Km.) Liberia: We returned back to sleep at this city.