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Rincón de La Vieja National Park

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Rincón de La Vieja National Park

How similar is Rincón de La Vieja National Park to Yellowstone National Park? We've been to Yellowstone (and also Rotorua in New Zealand), so are not interested in going to Rincón if it's mostly similar to those. We will be in Costa Rica in mid-November and have six days not yet accounted for. (The other four will be in San Jose and for visiting the Doka Coffee Estate and La Paz Waterfall Gardens.) I'm trying to decide whether to spend all six of those days in the Arenal and Monteverde areas or to add somewhere else, such as Rincón de La Vieja. We fly home from Liberia.

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1. Re: Rincón de La Vieja National Park

I like Rincon de la Vieja, but it is not within the same ballpark as Yellowstone. Not even close. Maybe more like Lassen Volcanic with different vegetation.

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i think we'll pass on Rincon. It sounds like there's enough to do and see in the Arenal and Monteverde areas to keep us busy for 6 days. I'm thinking of 4 right in Arenal and 2 in Monteverde. Does that sound good?

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3. Re: Rincón de La Vieja National Park

Yes, that's a popular split of your time. I would make sure to have more than one full day in Monteverde, though. In my opinion, two nights aren't enough of you're leaving the second morning.

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4. Re: Rincón de La Vieja National Park

Rincon is part of the Guanagaste volcanic mountains....Arenal...Tenorio...Miravalles and Rincon...very similar vegetation...mostly cloud forest...

Good idea Monteverde and Arenal

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5. Re: Rincón de La Vieja National Park

We can stay till about 2 pm on the second day in Monteverde (and then need to drive to the Arenal area).

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6. Re: Rincón de La Vieja National Park

I agree with daisy; I would try to have two nights in Monteverde if you can. Otherwise probably not worth the time to drive there.

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We'll have two nights and one full day and the other till 2 pm. Would it be better to plan on 3 nights in Monteverde and 3 in Arenal? I got the impression that there's a lot more to do in the Arenal area than in Monteverde.

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8. Re: Rincón de La Vieja National Park

There isn't a huge difference in the number of activities between Arenal and Monteverde. There are no hot springs and you can't go rafting up on the mountain. If you enjoy hiking, there are a lot of great trails in Monteverde and plenty of adventure activities.

The weather will likely be very rainy when you're there. You may not get to see the volcano. It gets really chilly in Monteverde when the sun doesn't come out and it's windy. That scares away some people.

You can do an image search and see if the cloud forest beckons you. Consider how things look in both places in the rain. A full day and a half is probably enough in Monteverde but decide if you want to go there at all and also consider what Arenal will be like in the likely rain.

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9. Re: Rincón de La Vieja National Park

I know that November isn't an ideal time for this, but we are tagging onto to a Habitat for Humanity build that my husband and his friend are doing in El Salvador in early November. Which place do you think would be least adversely affected by possible weather?

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10. Re: Rincón de La Vieja National Park

I've not been there myself but I believe the Southern Caribbean coast is relatively dry in November.

However, as long as you're prepared for rain, you should probably visit the areas that interest you the most. If you're hiking in a dense forest, the canopy will offer protection. I would say to travel with good quality rain gear and do what you can.

I would also recommend that you hire drivers or take shared shuttles. I wouldn't want to drive myself this time of year.

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