The areas of Guanacaste, Rincón de la Vieja and Tenorio volcano and national park are close in geographical distance, yet far apart in landscape, flora and fauna and each offers its own unique opportunities for wildlife spotting and sight-seeing.
In the arid north-west and bordering Nicaragua is Guanacaste, famous for its tropical dry desert, a result of consistent heat and low precipitation. This area is home to the impressive Orosí and Cacao volcanoes and was originally farmed for cattle.
Northwest of Guanacaste's main transportation hub, Liberia, is Rincón de la Vieja. The area is famous for its volcano, hot springs, clear rivers and abundant wildlife.
To the east of Rincon is Tenorio volcano and national park, known for its unique fauna and wildlife, which includes cougars, ocelots, tapirs and jaguars.
Our preferred accommodation
Celeste Mountain LodgeLodge/Hosteria - TenorioNestled between two volcanoes (Tenorio and Miravalles) and surrounded by primary rainforest, this hotel has a simple and contemporary design. An open plan bar/restaurant serves traditional Costa Rican cuisine with a splash of French flair, and has panoramic views towards the Tenorio National Park. Nearby is tropical hot bath - a lovely place to relax after a day of activities.
Hotel BorinquénLodge/Hosteria - Rincón de la ViejaA secluded mountain lodge set within a cattle ranch just outside Rincón de la Vieja national park, about 47 kilometres (1 hour 15 minutes on gravel roads) from Liberia international airport. There are plenty of activities on and off site for those looking for adventure, or you could just relax in their spa, with thermal spring water pools, natural steam rooms and volcanic mud baths.
Rancho Humo EstanciaLodge/Hosteria - Rio Tempisque, GuanacasteA charming lodge in a 20,000 hectare private nature reserve, on the edge of the River Tempisque in Guanacaste. The owner's original hacienda house, surrounded by grassy plains and wetlands, has been renovated to feature comfortable rooms that reflect the traditions of authentic ranch life. There is a cosy restaurant and bar, extensive gardens and a swimming pool. The area is excellent for wildlife, particularly birdwatching.
Rio Celeste HideawayBeach hotel - TenorioOne of the most comfortable hotels in Tenorio. The main building has a Balinese feel to it, and houses the restaurant, bar and reception. In the grounds is a large pool and a spa.
Rio PerdidoLodge/Hosteria - BagacesA design hotel within its own 600 acre private reserve, an hour from Liberia international airport. The main building has a modern, open feel and houses the restaurant, reception and spa.