Rincon Vieja National Park

Just outside of Costa Rica’s northwest capital of Liberia, where you’ll find Daniel Oduber International Airport, is Rincon de la Vieja National Park, a spectacular area that encompasses two volcanoes and an inactive crater.

This natural area is where travellers can try a huge array of adrenaline filled activities, including zip lining through the forest canopy, rappelling down waterfalls, swinging Tarzan-style in a canyon, paddling through river rapids up to Class 5 in an inflatable 2-person raft, and a 400 metre (1/4 mile) water slide, fed by a river.

You can also dip into hot springs and cover your body in volcanic mud, said to be an anti-inflammatory and soothing product to calm the skin and make you look younger. Many resorts that were built in the park offer horseback rides and ATV tours through the forests and fields, offering spectacular views of the volcano and the Costa Rican coastline. There are also hiking and biking trails that wind through the park.

The volcano with the same name as the park was last active in 2001, but only erupted a little. The name means Old Woman’s Corner and comes from an ancient local story about a woman, whose lover was tossed into the crater by her father. To stay close to her former love, she went to live on the volcano and never returned to town.