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Rio Negro Hot Springs
Rio Negro Hot Springs

Rio Negro Hot Springs

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557 Reviews
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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Recent reviews from experiences in Guanacaste and Northwest

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Great experience
Quianna_Y, Apr 2021
Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja
Had a great time and learned so much. It was a very long day our guide and driver (Ranny and William) were both awesome! Ranny made sure to remind everyone about keeping their masks on and there were hand washing stations at every stop, so it felt Covid-19 safe. It was definitely exhausting for someone who had never hiked before, but I enjoyed it.
star-4
Very interesting
mimasoy, Sep 2021
Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja
Had great tour guide & driver Hector & Pablo. Very knowledgeable, answered all of our questions. The pathway for the hike is mostly concrete & it's doable. I'm not a hiker, just take your time. For the waterfalls you do have to cross a hanging brige ( i skipped, lol). Hot springs is a MUST.
star-5
Good time, beautiful views of nature, and just the right length.
Josh_B, Aug 2021
Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja
The mud bath and hot springs were unique. The waterfall portion of the experience was beautiful and jumping off the rocks was fun (be prepared, the water is cold). We saw some white-faced monkeys and several different types of pretty birds, along with fantastic scenery and cool features of the volcano. Also, it is an easy hike - not demanding but good exercise. Our family had a great time.
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Great tour
LisaKristin_X, Aug 2021
Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja
It was an amazing experience. Kevyn was a great tour guide and knows a lot about local wildlife. The food at the restaurant was also really good.
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Amazing Experience
Benjamin_F, Jul 2021
Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja
Our driver and tour guide Paulo and Ronnie were great! They made sure we got the most out of our day. We got to swim in waterfalls, take a mud bath, bathe in hot springs, and hike around the volcano. This was an amazing experience.
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Awesome
JayR, Jul 2021
Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja
We loved every part of this adventure! Our guide was knowledgeable about the landscape and the history of the country which made it all the better
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Lots of amazing sites to see! Worth the money!
WENDY_F, Jul 2021
Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja
This excursion was full of surprises! My favorite part was watching the spider monkeys swing from the trees and the mud bath & soaking in the hot springs. A lot of beautiful & amazing sites to see and our tour guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant. It was a good workout if you like to exercise. I highly recommend!
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Great day!
Kate_W, Jul 2021
Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja
Great tour! Hector was a fantastic guide, very friendly and knowledgeable. The initial walk was fun and a good introduction to the park but for me the highlights were the waterfall and the hot springs. I’d highly recommend this day trip.
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A Full Day Tour Totally Worth It
AUP, Jul 2021
Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja
It was a great experience! Drive from Tamarindo was about 2 hours each way, but comfortable. The hike was mild to moderate intensity. In total we walked around 12k steps with some steps, inclines and a few hanging bridges. Our guide Gustavo was awesome. He was both knowledgeable and entertaining. Highlights of the tour was bathing at the waterfalls and then relaxing at hot springs. A must do in Costa Rica!
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Amazing experience
Elena_G, Jun 2021
Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja
Awesome tour, great guide. It was wonderful to experience so many different things in one day. Would highly recommend.
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entire group really enjoyed this outing
laura_p, Apr 2021
Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja
What a great time! Gustav was so knowledgeable and stopped to point out the various birds, plants and iguana that we met along the way. The warm mud bath was fun (do not wear anything white as that mud can stain) and the warm springs were so relaxing. Lots of nice options and the lunch location even for picky eaters.
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Perfect tour-a must do for Costa Rica!!
Rachel_M, Apr 2021
Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja
Swimming into a water fall and lounging in the hot springs was our favorite part! We also loved the rainforest hike and nature of the volcano. We didn’t see any animals but it was great otherwise! Our tour guide was also amazing!

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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