Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Rincon de la Vieja National Park

This is Mike...
We went to Rincon de la Vieja National Park for a couple of nights and stayed at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin to have easy access to the park. We had fun in the mineral mud baths and hot springs just outside the hotel. This park is popular for day trips from Tamarindo but we recommend staying a night or two because there is a lot to see in this area. The main volcano trail was closed due to significant activity so we opted to walk a 3 kilometer loop instead. Our first injury for the vacation occurred on the trails here, when Sierra twisted her ankle, and I had to carry her out of the park. We still stopped to enjoy the sights though and Sierra was a trooper. The hot water spouts and boiling mud pits are always fun for kids, even injured ones. Protected spaces like this allow nature to thrive and also allow us a glimpse of what this place was like before development. After the park, we went back to the hotel and that is where our second injury of the trip occurred when Zoe fell on her back at the playground. As the old saying goes, "When it rains it pours."

I am amazed why they like putting mud on them so much, but they do.

No shame here as Sierra goes for the gusto 

Zoe is a bit more methodical with her approach to spreading mud.

Elise just likes the fun of it all, kinda like a kid.

The Rainbow Eucalyptus tree is one of my favorite trees.

The ancient trees of the forest provide the best playgrounds

Boiling hot water coming from one of the many vents in the park

This stream looks so serene but could kill you in moments at 170 degrees Fahrenheit (77 degrees Celsius)

Leaf cutter ants were everywhere doing there work.
Who doesn't like to see a waterfall?

1 comment:

  1. Hope both girls recover from their injuries quickly. Elise looks so peaceful with her mud mask on.