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Rio Negro Hot Springs
Rio Negro Hot Springs

Rio Negro Hot Springs

Guachipelin, Guanacaste and Northwest, Costa Rica

The Basics

The easiest way to experience the hot springs is on a guided tour of Rincon de la Vieja National Park—a rugged geothermal landscape in Guanacaste's highlands. Tours may include a strenuous hike among steaming fumaroles and sulfuric pits and a soak in Rio Negro Hot Springs. A highlight is the chance to paint on volcanic mud and rinse it off in hot pools surrounded by rock walls. The Rio Negro flows through the pools, refreshing and reheating the water.

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Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja
Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja
star-4.5
$125.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Hot springs and volcanoes
Beautiful hike! Beautiful volcano! Beautiful people!! Do not miss this experience! Our tour guide did a wonderful job guiding us through the jungle pointing out the biodiversity! Well done 👍
Patricia_C, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Guanacaste and Northwest

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Unforgettable adventure
farahnaz_M, Aug 2022
Volcano-Waterfall and Hot Springs Combo ( Private)
Hot springs, mud bath, waterfall and added zip line which is a must! Our tour guide, Jose was the best!
star-4
Great Day overall.
Ronald_P, Jul 2022
Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja
The waterfall swim was awesome! Our hiking guide could have pointed out more wildlife. The hot springs were cool, but our guide left us to ourselves, which was a little unnerving since we had to walk and find our own way. Our main driver was excellent. He made sure we were safe, informed, and comfortable.
star-5
Amazing
Tonya_Q, Jul 2022
Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja
Hugo our guide was fantastic! Really great hike…. I will say the hike is more than moderate… can be tough for less then “fit” folks. Nonetheless it was great and would do it again!
star-5
Cosita Rica is PURA VIDA!
Jesus_F, Jul 2022
Volcano-Waterfall and Hot Springs Combo ( Private)
We saw spider monkeys, a snake and many more species. Tour guide was great and made the trip very enjoyable.
star-5
Pura Vida!
Monique_M, Jul 2022
Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja
Volcano, waterfalls, killer trees, iguanas, glass butterflies, hot springs, & mud mask!! Beautiful hike with an informative tour guide. I liked that our tour guide took us to a restaurant for breakfast before the trip & after the trip we stopped to get souvenirs at el Jardin.
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We loved this activity as...
Sophia_L, Jul 2022
Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja
We loved this activity as we had a very knowledgeable tour guide named Ale. He was very accommodating from the moment he picked us up from our airbnb; offering to stop wherever we needed to so we could get snacks, breakfast, supplies, and even helping us to get groceries done for another day. During the hike, he not only showed us different types of vegetation and animals/insects, but also explained to us different historic things that took place.
star-5
Good for the mind, body & soul!
Alison_S, Jun 2022
Volcano-Waterfall and Hot Springs Combo ( Private)
The whole thing was amazing , the trek, seeing the sloth, the killer trees, the waterfalls the hot springs and of course our more than hospitable host Gabriel such a lovely man 😊
star-5
Great experience! Tour...
Andreina_C, Jun 2022
Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja
Great experience! Tour guide was very informative and nice! Day filled of adventure!Worth the cost!!
star-5
Awesome
analinares88, Jun 2022
Volcano-Waterfall and Hot Springs Combo ( Private)
Beautiful excursion. Waters are amazing. Our guide Jose was knowledgeable and great. No rushing. Lots of fun
star-5
Best tour ever!!
Steven_K, Jun 2022
Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja
Hugo, our guide, was exceptional!! Truly knowledgeable and went out of his way to ensure we saw the diversity in the different forests! Truly amazing experience and was my kids favorite experience. The waterfalls were amazing!!
star-5
Amazing day!
Anna_S, Jun 2022
Volcano-Waterfall and Hot Springs Combo ( Private)
Today was a fantastic and memorable day, thanks to Gabriel. He was very knowledgeable and took his time answering our questions. The hike, waterfalls and hot springs were a great experience!
star-4
Lots of stairs
David_D, Jun 2022
Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja
Hot springs werereally nice after a long hike. We are in good shape and it was difficult with all the steps
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Bring a swimsuit and change of clothes for the drive home.

  • If planning a hike before or after the hot springs, wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring a pair of flip-flops to change into.

  • There is a small entrance fee to use the hot springs if visiting on your own.

  • Amenities at the springs are basic and include lockers, towels, and restrooms.

  • No dining facilities are available in the park, but most day tours include a stop for lunch.

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How to Get There

Rio Negro Hot Springs are located in the north of Guanacaste province, about a 2-hour drive from Tamarindo, Playa Flamingo, and Playa Hermosa on the coast. All guided tours include transportation, or you can rent a car to access the springs on your own. For an added adventure, book a horseback ride to the springs, which start at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin; the ride is about 1.5 hours each way.

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When to Get There

The hot springs are open year-round. Time a visit with Costa Rica's dry season (December through April) for a lower chance of rain storms and muddy trails around the park.

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A Day in Rincon de la Vieja National Park

Straddling the Cordillera de Guanacaste Mountain range that separates Costa Rica's Pacific and Caribbean sides, Rincon de la Vieja National Park is ripe for outdoor adventures and wildlife watching. The park’s tropical and cloud forests are teeming with life, from large mammals such as tapirs and pumas to exotic birds and vibrant orchids. Get closer to the landscapes that surround the active Rincon de la Vieja Volcano by hiking, horseback riding, and birdwatching.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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