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Located a short drive from Liberia on the Pacific coast, Rincon de la Vieja is home to well over 200 bird species. Its low visitor numbers mean that you can enjoy the park without the crowds.

Named after the active volcano at its centre, the park protects the dry forest of Costa Rica's northwest. There are several walking trails, or you can ride horses, or enjoy the hot springs and pools of boiling mud.

Rincon de la Vieja is close enough to be able to visit on a day trip from Tamarindo, although there is more than enough to warrant staying here for a night or two.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: coati, howler monkey, red trogan, puma, tapir
  • Where: Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica

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Natural Highlights

An exceptional trip to discover Costa Rica’s abundant birds and wildlife amid its forests, lagoons and beaches. Highlights include the canals of Tortuguero, Arenal’s volcanic landscapes and howler monkeys, spectacular birdwatching in Monteverde’s cloud forests, canopy walkways and idyllic beaches.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea