Exploring Rincón de la Vieja Volcano in Costa Rica

by isvolunteers on Friday, 20 June 2014

Get in on the excitement of the action-packed ISV Costa Rica Adventure Tour, where you’ll discover some of the most remarkable treasures in Costa Rica.

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Discover some of the best views of the active Rincón de la Vieja Volcano! (c) International Student Volunteers

For two nights we’ll discover Rincón de la Vieja National Park in Guanecaste, Costa Rica. Here you’ll experience an active volcano with natural hot springs, fumaroles and spectacular waterfalls which are all surrounded by incredible nature and wildlife.

Our base for exploring the area is Hacienda Guachipelin, an eco-lodge and working horse and cattle ranch.  The comfortable accommodation aims to be self-sufficient, even producing its own hydro and solar power, which fits in perfectly with ISV’s responsible tourism ethics.

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Explore the park on trusty Costa Rican ranch horses (c) International Student Volunteers

The experience gets under way with a hike to “Las Pailas” (The Cauldrons) known for some of the best views of the active Rincón de la Vieja Volcano (this is an ISV Included Activity). There are many different species of animals to be seen, including raccoons, white-nosed coatis, armadillos, three species of monkey and plenty of birdlife. Keep your eyes peeled for fur de lance viper snakes! The volcanic elements of the National Park can be seen along the trail including steam and sulfur oozing from the ground via natural fumaroles, bubbling pools and frothing mud!  For safety reasons, never venture off the nature trail!

The next day, as part of the ISV Optional Activity Package we’ll explore more of the park via the trusty Costa Rican ranch horses. They’ll whisk you off on a journey through the forest where you’ll arrive at some of the most enchanting waterfall pools. The Oropéndola Waterfall is one of the most impressive, plunging 25 metres down to a sparkling pool.  Here we can take a refreshing dip and enjoy the beautiful vegetated canyon of Rio Blanco.

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Take a dip in the stunning Oropéndola Waterfall (c) International Student Volunteers

Then, get ready for a thrilling river tubing adventure (part of the ISV Optional Activity Package)! You will have the time of your life bouncing down Rio Negro’s crystal clear and fun rapids in your individual rafting “tube”.  The trip is an amazing experience and highly recommended for anyone who loves water sports, nature and getting their adrenaline pumping! Finally, we’ll enjoy our last afternoon at Symbiosis Spa, a natural sauna with volcanic mud and thermal water pools (also part of the ISV Optional Activity Package). The perfect way to finish our adventure in this tropical Paradise! This is just one of the destinations we explore as part of the ISV Costa Rica Adventure Tour.

To learn more about ISV’s Volunteer and Adventure Programs please visit our website: www.isvolunteers.org

Ana Patricia Quesada, ISV Costa Rica Country Coordinator

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