Backpacking Central America in Rincón de la Vieja National Park!

Backpacking Central America: Last erupted in 1998, the park is named for the volcano, Rincón de la Vieja. The numerous trails in Rincón de la Vieja National Park range from strenuous to simple, and include sights like a swimming hole and mineral blue waterfall, trails running with baby iguanas, smoking volcanitos, and bubbling mud pots. It takes two days to hike to the summit of the Rincón de la Vieja volcano. Carry lots of water!

Rincón de la Vieja National Park
Rincón de la Vieja National Park, backpacking central america

Located in Guanacaste Province, about 17 miles north of Liberia, is Rincón de la Vieja National Park in Costa Rica, or Parque Nacional Volcán Rincón de la Vieja.

Guanacaste Province
Guanacaste Province, backpacking central america

The landscape is split into two forested slopes, Pacific and Caribbean, and Admission is $6 US, the size of the park is 54 square miles. The latter is wet and lush year round.

At the park's entrance, watch out for the coatimundis! They will prance right up to people. They will try to get food if you're carrying it!

Coatimundis, backpacking central america

Rincón de la Vieja National Park is home to mammals and amphibians (including jaguars and monkeys), numerous reptiles, and more than 300 species of birds. Book a trip from a travel agency or Liberia hotel, is the best way to get to Rincón de la Vieja National Park.

Liberia Hotel
Liberia Hotel, backpacking central america

Backpacking Central America: Costa Rica

A nation of natural beauty is Costa Rica. Beaches crawling with sea turtles, steaming rainforests, radiant sunsets, and misty purple volcanoes are common sights. It comes as no surprise that Costa Rica is one of the most popular travel destinations in all of the Americas, when you add together warm hearted locals, low prices, and these unforgettable vistas with the country's matchless ecotourism.

Costa Rica - Plaza de Catedrala
Costa Rica - Plaza de Catedrala, backpacking central america

In this order, the most common backpacking Central America itinerary is Forest to Beaches. For zip lining and canopy tours, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is the most popular Backpacking Central America destination. For better prices and some local color, stay in Santa Elena. Another great destination, is nearby La Fortuna, beside the Arenal volcano and Lake Arenal. Enjoy swim up bars and steaming pools, when you visit a hot spring like Baldi Termae.

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, backpacking central america

In the entire world, Costa Rica boasts approximately 5 percent of the biodiversity. The country has its act together, fortunately. In a series of biological reserves, parks, and wildlife refuges, 25 percent of its total territory is protected. Providing a greater deal of amenities and activities, the national parks are more frequently visited by tourists.

Costa Rica features pure scenery at its best, because of its progressive thinking. All ringed with innumerable beaches, it's a patchwork nature nation of dry tropical forests, pastureland, mangrove swamps, rainforests, and cloudforests swirling with fog.

Costa Rica Beach
Costa Rica Beach, backpacking central america

A bird watcher's paradise is Costa Rica. Rarely glimpsed and shy, the largest mammals, are tapirs, jaguars, and sloths. But swinging through the canopy overhead, you'll more than likely see monkeys or a monkey. Their calls can be heard up to two miles away, you will hear the sounds for sure!

Tapirs, backpacking central america

Often the most convenient way to travel anywhere you want to go and is the cheapest, is the public bus system in Costa Rica. Buses range from higher quality express buses with air conditioning to old American school buses.

Bus In Costa Rica
Bus In Costa Rica, backpacking central america

The Coca Cola Bus Terminal in San Jose is the main hub of bus transit in Costa Rica.

It may be worth it to rent a car, if you're not visiting any remote areas and traveling with a good deal of luggage. Taxis will take passengers long distances for a price, and are also widespread.

Ticabus is the best way to do country hopping. To Panama in the south, and up to Guatemala in the north, this comfortable, bus line runs all the way through Costa Rica.

Ticabus, backpacking central america

Luxury travelers will also find amenities and resorts of top quality, but guest houses and budget hostels are everywhere, and local bus travel is dirt cheap! You will never have to walk through a local village at all, if you like, but where's the fun in that?

Costa Rica's wet season is the American summer. That means far less travelers, while it also means occasional rainstorms. There are so many travelers, reservations must be made for everything far in advance, if traveling in November and December, and these are the driest months to visit, but prices are high. It all depends on your personal preferences.

Avoid raw vegetables and fruits you can't peel, and although Costa Rica's water is generally considered safe, it doesn't hurt to drink bottled water.

Make sure that you're up to date on your MMR vaccinations, and you're inoculated against Tetanus, Typhoid, and Hepatitis A and B, to be safe. If you're visiting the provinces of Heredia, Guanacaste, Limon, and Alajuela, doctors recommend malaria prophylaxis with chloroquine.

Heredia, Costa Rica
Heredia, Costa Rica, backpacking central america

Enjoy backpacking Central America, stay on the trail, and I hope to see you on the trail one day!

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