miércoles, 28 de septiembre de 2011

Airberlin starts flying to Liberia, Costa Rica as of November 2011

New destination on the 2011/2012 winter flight schedule
Air Berlin decided to include, for the first time, Costa Rica on their list of destinations for 2011-2012. The first flight from Daniel Obuber International Airport (LIR) in Liberia, leaving from Düsseldorf, Germany, with a layover in Cancun, Mexico, will commence on November 12th, 2011. The airline will fly an Airbus 330-200 and will arrive in Costa Rica every other Saturdays.

Air Berlin PLC & Co. Luftverkehrs KG (stylized as airberlin or airberlin.com  ) is Germany's second largest airline, after Lufthansa, and Europe's sixth largest airline in terms of passengers. The airline is headquartered at the Airport Bureau Center in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Berlin.  Air Berlin's parent company, airberlin group or Air Berlin PLC.

The airline operates an extensive network including holiday destinations in the Mediterranean region, the Canary Islands and North Africa as well as intercontinental destinations in Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and the Americas.

Airberlin starts flying to Liberia Airport, Costa Rica in Central America every 14 days as of November 2011. An aircraft will leave Düsseldorf every other Saturday for Liberia (LIR), the capital city of the province of Guanacaste in the northwest of the country. From there, by renting a car, travelers will have the freedom to explore secluded beaches, unspoiled seaside villages and rural landscapes within the Pacific coastline or various national parks in the country's interior.
In the winter flight schedule, an Airbus 330-200 will leave Düsseldorf every other Saturday for Liberia via Cancun in Mexico starting on 12 November. Connecting flights are available from Berlin, Dresden, Hamburg, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Vienna and Zurich. Tickets can be booked on the Internet (airberlin.com), at the airline’s Service Centre (Tel. 01805 – 737 800.

The Tourism Minister, Allan Flores, said that this great achievement is the result of negotiations carried out this past March at the ITB Tourism Fair in Berlin.

“We are very excited about this new European connection, which is one of the most important target markets for Costa Rica. It helps us strengthen our relationship with this destination, open new markets, and promote our country’s tourism activity,” highlighted Flores.

With respect to order of importance, Germany is the second largest market in Europe, surpassed only by Spain. In 2010, 44,539 German tourists came to Costa Rica.

“This is the first Germany-Liberia route (LIR) and will generate important growth of German tourist arrivals with 18 night stays in the country,” said the Tourism Minister. “Benefits will not only be seen in Guanacaste, but also internally throughout the country.”

It has a fleet of 150 aircrafts that are 5 years old on average, which makes it one of the newest fleets in Europe. The airline flies to 163 destinations in 39 countries, and in 2010 alone, it had 33.6 million passengers.


Air Berlin concentrates on serving major German and European cities to attract business and leisure traffic. A total of 23 German cities are served, more than any other airline. Its largest hub is Berlin-Tegel Airport, followed by Düsseldorf Airport. Other important destinations are the focus cities Nuremberg Airport and Son Sant Joan Airport, Palma.

martes, 27 de septiembre de 2011

Hotel Bosque del Mar - Playa Hermosa

For families, couples and single of any age
Located only 30 minutes drive from Liberia International Airport -LIR- or around 4 hours from San José in Costa Rica. Hotel Playa Hermosa Bosque del Mar is a brand new beach-front boutique hotel recently opened on August 1st, 2009. Situated in Guanacaste’s North Pacific Coast, it is a perfect mix of lush and well-manicured gardens, filled with gorgeous wildlife such as iguanas and playful monkeys hanging out on ancestral trees, eco friendly concept which makes the perfect Costa Rica premium experience. We framed it with an excellent personalized service to fulfill your high expectations. A few steps from the beach to all the rooms makes Bosque del Mar suitable for those with walking difficulties.

• Address: 700 meters West from Real Estate Office Century 21, in the first entrance to the beach of Playa Hermosa, Sardinal, Guanacaste.

With a delicate environment characterized by Earth tones details, lots of nature around and privacy, we have 20 Junior Suites spread in two floor buildings with garden front terraces. The design of this kind of room offers a bedroom with 2 queen size beds and a bathroom, plus a separate living room with mini bar.

In a separate two floor building, right in front of the beach, we have the new Ocean front Suites doubling the size of the first ones and including a bedroom with 2 queen size beds, a beach front Jacuzzi, a comfortable living room with mini bar and a sofa bed, plus a spacious bathroom. Right in the same building there are the Garden View Suites, with the space and elegance of our Ocean Front Suites, the 2 queen size beds and the sofa bed. All our rooms are within one minute walk from the beach, so it means they are also natural equipped with 24/7 waves soothing sounds.

The beach and surf view from the new Niromi Restaurant (“forest” in Chorotega native language), its great selection of dishes mixing international gourmet style with Costa Rican flavors, and the top service of our staff are the perfect backgrounds to complete a dreamy vacation by the sea. On its second floor we have developed the Nya Lounge bar (tree), a modern but cozy area also beach front that will mix a Hors d'oeuvre menu, the best tropical drinks and music. Right next, there are being equipped 2 comfortable conference halls: Nimpu (sea) and Nampi (howler monkey). And on third floor we will have the exclusive Penthouse, a great ocean view four bedrooms floor with terraces, kitchen, living room, mini gym, bathrooms and Jacuzzi.

We offer Jacuzzi and swimming pool area, laundry service, gated parking, wireless internet access, Niromi gourmet international restaurant, conference rooms, lounge bar and scuba diving center. Our rooms are distributed in twenty Junior Suites with two queen size beds and a living room, six Ocean Front Suites with Jacuzzi and six Garden View Suites equipped with two queen size beds and a roll away sofa in every living room. We also offer a brand new penthouse floor.

Detail of room equipment and amenities                    
• Two queen size or double beds • Two queen size beds ·Telephone (direct dial) • Hot water shower bathroom • Hot water shower bathroom · Living room with sitting chairs and with sofa bed • Mini bar with refrigerator • Two air conditioner units ·Two ceiling fans • 29” flat screen cable TV • 39” plasma cable TV in bedroom • 29” plasma cable TV in living room • Terrace with table and chairs • Coffee maker • Hair dryer
• Safety box • Alarm clock • Desk • Energy saving intelligent system controlling ceiling fans, A/C and lights 2/3

• Two queen size beds or one King size • Hair dryer • Telephone (direct dial) • Safety box • Spacious hot water shower bathroom • Beach front terrace with table and chairs • Living room with sofa bed • Beach front Jacuzzi • Mini bar with mini refrigerator • Energy saving intelligent system controlling ceiling fans, A/C and lights • Two air conditioner units • Master remote control for lights, ceiling fans and window shades • Two ceiling fan • Coffee maker • 39” plasma cable TV at bedroom • 29” plasma cable TV at living room

We have designed a package with 2 nights in each hotel (Hotel Bosque del Mar and sister property Tilajari, located in Arenal Area), you decide which you want first and in case you need transportation just let us know!

$475* staying in Junior Suites

Package price is per person in a double room minimum. and includes 2 nights and horseback riding or jungle walk + Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs tour in your Tilajari` stay, 2 nights and snorkeling tour in Bosque del Mar, plus all meals in both hotels and all taxes.  


A) 7x5 offer* (pay 5 nights and stay 7)
B) 4x3 offer* (pay 3 nights and stay 4)
C) Meals & lodging free for kids under 10 years old in reservations of 2 adults with FAP included*
Valid from May 1st — Dec 15th, 2011 / Maximum 2 kids per room / Special menu available for children

Discover the natural wonders of Guanacaste from the central location of Hotel Playa Hermosa Bosque del Mar. Within 2 hour-drive, enjoy many excursion options such as Palo Verde, Rincón de la Vieja or Santa Rosa, just to mention some of the National Parks around in this area. Hike up to the summit of Rincon de la Vieja for a bird's-eye view of the crater. Afterward, reawaken your senses at the hot springs, located in this area.

Or if you prefer aquatic activities, we recommend a floating trip down the Corobici River, as well as nearby beaches for the best spot for surfing, sport fishing, diving and snorkeling.

How to get to this hotel:
ROUTE #1: GUARDIA – PLAYA HERMOSA (Highly Recommended!) coming from Liberia Intl. Airport or the City of Liberia. By renting a car, it would give you the freedom to find this secluded tropical hideaway.
•Once you passed the Liberia Intl. Airport, keep going 5 miles straight southwest on Route 21. You will cross the Tempisque River Bridge and soon you will find an intersection in Guardia town, with a shopping center called Do It Center (in a corner). Turn right there
•Take the way to Papagayo and half a mile later turn to your left on Route 254 and drive 5 miles (look out for a sign towards Playa Panama)
•The third intersection is the one connecting to Playa Panamá, turn left and drive 3.5 miles more to get to the resort village of Playa Hermosa
•Once you are there, look for the second public entrance to the beach at your right. We have a sign here in an empty corner lot next to a hardware store (Ferretería Playa Hermosa) and turn right as the arrow indicates
•Keep going straight half a mile and you will find us at the end of the road
In case you get lost, please call our phone number: 2672 0046. Our front desk service works from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and we will gladly help you.
For details and to reserve your stay, visit http://www.hotelplayahermosa.com/. For more inspiration and to plan your trip, rent a car, or get a transfer service, contact Roberto Acevedo at racevedo@poasrentacar.com 

lunes, 26 de septiembre de 2011

JetBlue Opens Second Destination in Costa Rica: Liberia Intl. Airport


Press Release by: Jetblue Airlines
--Four weekly nonstop flights between New York's JFK and Costa Rica's Pacific coast set to begin November 17, 2011-
-- Start date to coincide with opening of new terminal at Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport-
-- One-way sale fares as low as $139 each way available for bookings today through July 15 at www.jetblue.com/new  for travel between November 17, 2011 and February 14, 2012 (a) -
JetBlue Airlines today is pleased to announce plans to add four weekly nonstop flights between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Liberia, Costa Rica's Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR) effective November 17, 2011, subject to government approval. Liberia, on the Pacific coast, will be JetBlue's second destination in Costa Rica, in addition to San Jose's Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), which is served daily from Orlando International (MCO). To celebrate the launch of its 70th destination, JetBlue is offering special fares as low as $139 available for bookings through July 15 at www.jetblue.com/new  for travel between November 17, 2011 and February 14, 2012.
The President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, the nation's Presidential Minister, Carlos Benavides, and the Minister of Tourism, Allan Flores, joined JetBlue officials in making this announcement earlier today at the presidential palace in San Jose.
In addition to the introductory fare, three lucky contest winners who guessed the airline's 70th destination correctly in JetBlue's Guess Where We're Going promotion on Face book won a four-day, three-night JetBlue Getaways vacation package for two, including flights and hotel accommodations to Liberia. Customers are encouraged to follow JetBlue on facebook.com/JetBlue for more exciting promotions to come.
"We're delighted to be adding Liberia to our growing list of destinations and giving our customers access to the breathtaking Guanacaste beaches and natural parks," said Chad Meyerson, director of global sales for JetBlue Airways. "Costa Rica and its people have much to offer and have been a great partner since we started flying to San Jose more than two years ago. We're happy to be able to strengthen that relationship today while expanding our footprint in Central America."
"We are overjoyed that JetBlue has added Liberia to its list of destinations giving U.S. travelers even greater access to Costa Rica," said Allan Flores, Costa Rica Minister of Tourism. "This new route will allow U.S. travelers to have unprecedented access to Costa Rica's Northwestern region rich with so many tourist offerings, particularly during the high season months."
In addition to this new nonstop service to Liberia from New York, customers in Boston, Buffalo, Rochester, or Burlington, among other cities, can enjoy easy connecting service via JFK. JetBlue also flies to Bogota, Colombia in South America.
JetBlue's proposed schedule between New York and Liberia:
New York (JFK) to Liberia (LIR):                           Liberia (LIR) to New York (JFK):
Depart - Arrive                                                      Depart - Arrive
9:40 a.m. - 2:05 p.m.                                             3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.     
- Flights will operate Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday only effective November 17, 2011 -
- All times local -             
JetBlue's flights between New York and Liberia will be operated with its comfortable Airbus A320 fleet and award-winning service featuring convenient, assigned seating; a first-checked bag free (b); complementary and unlimited name brand snacks and drinks; comfy leather seats; free first-run movies on seatback televisions (c); and more legroom than any other carrier in coach (d).
About JetBlue Airways
JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline(TM) with other focus cities in Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, and Orlando. Known for its award-winning service and free TV as much as its low fares, JetBlue offer the most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline as well as super-spacious Even More Space seats. JetBlue is also America's first and only airline to offer its own Customer Bill of Rights, with meaningful and specific compensation for customers inconvenienced by service disruptions within JetBlue's control. Visit www.jetblue.com/promise  for details. JetBlue serves 66 cities with 700 daily flights and later this year plans to introduce service to St. Croix and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands as well as La Romana in the Dominican Republic, subject to government approval. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For information or reservations call 1-800-JET-BLUE (1-800-538-2583), TTY/TDD 1-800-336-5530, 0800-012-1666 from Costa Rica, or visit http://www.jetblue.com/ 

sábado, 17 de septiembre de 2011

Sun Country Airlines Announces New Service to Costa Rica

Press Release by Sun Country Airlines:
Travel to Liberia, Costa Rica!
Sun Country is excited to offer non-stop service from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Liberia, Costa Rica! Plan your winter vacation to beautiful Costa Rica with weekly service beginning January 13, 2012 departing and returning every Friday through April 13, 2012. Flying into the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia provides convenient access to Costa Rica’s greatest attractions, from breathtaking beaches and world-renowned surfing to adventurous volcano hikes and more!

lunes, 12 de septiembre de 2011


From Playa Hermosa/Papagayo Area to Rincon de la Vieja National Park
From Liberia take the Pan-American Highway #1 north. After approximately 5 kilometers you will find the signs to Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Turn right onto a gravel road and continue on this gravel road to the village of Curubande. Keep going on this road and you will find the signs of the 2 lodges of the area, Hacienda Guachipelin and Rincon de la Vieja Lodge. As you ride on this road, you will find a closed gate. Please honk and someone will come out and charge you U.S. $2 per car for the use of this private road. You will arrive first at the Hacienda Guachipelin Lodge, and then travel though to Rincon de la Vieja Park Entrance at the Pailas Ranger´s Station.
You are coming from the city of Liberia on route # 21towards Liberia International Airport
•Once you passed the airport, keep going 5 miles straight. You will cross the Tempisque River Bridge and at intersection past the village of Guardia, you will find a shopping center called Do It Center (in a corner). Turn right there
•Take the way to Papagayo/Hermosa-Panama Beaches and half a mile later turn to your left on route # 253 and drive 5 miles along coastal road towards Playa Hermosa
•The third intersection is the one connecting to Playa Panamá, turn left and drive 3.5 miles more to get to Playa Hermosa town
•Once you are there, look for the second public entrance to the beach at your right.
If you are driving back from Papagayo, follow the road back to the Liberia International Airport, turn northeast at the intersection onto Route 21 towards the city of Liberia. The drive should take 35 to 45 minutes.
•Once you passed the airport on your driving from the city of Liberia, keep going 7 miles until the village of Comunidad´s intersection on route # 21(in front of a Total gas station)
•Turn right onto Route # 151, looking for El Coco/Ocotal - Sardinal way
•Drive 7 miles more (you will pass in front of Sardinal town entrance) past this turnoff towards the intersection to take Playa Hermosa/ Playa Panamá road, at this point keep straight ahead
•Around 2 miles before you will be already in Playa Coco and you will find the public entrance to the beach by driving on a two-lane boulevard that ends at the resort village’ square
              From Tamarindo/Flamingo Area to Rincon de la Vieja National Park
From your beach destination, follow the main road to the city of Liberia. If you are coming from any of the following beaches: Langosta, Tamarindo, Grande, Flamingo, Conchal, Potrero or Sugar Beach, on Route 156, the drive will bring you back to the town of Belen—a town that lies on the road that connects Santa Cruz with Liberia (Route 21). Turn northeast towards Liberia on Route 21, driving past by the town of Filadelfia. Keep riding on route # 21 towards the city of Liberia. At Liberia crossroad on Pan-American Highway 1; take the left lane at the street light heading north. Driving time to the Interamerican Highway 1 is approximately 60 to 75 minutes from the beach area.
From Liberia take the Pan-American Highway #1 north. After approximately 5 kilometers you will find the signs to Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Turn right on a gravel road and continue that road to the village of Curubande. Continue this road and you will find the signs of the 2 lodges of the area, Hacienda Guachipelin and Rincon de la Vieja Lodge. On the road you will find a closed gate. Please honk and someone will come out and charge you U.S. $2 per car for the use of this private road. You will find first the Hacienda Guachipelin and then past them to Rincon de la Vieja Park Entrance at the Pailas Ranger´s Station.
                    La Fortuna to Liberia/Rincón de la Vieja National Park- Guanacaste
Located 6 km (3.6 miles) north of Liberia, along the Pan-American Highway 1North, there is a sign for the village of Curubandé on the right side of the road or look out for a Rincon de la Vieja sign posted along the road. Turn right onto a 23-km (14-miles) dirt road which is in good condition and passes through large deposits of white volcanic rock and you having to pay a small toll. Ample parking is available at the ranger station, as with the lodges which surround the park.
By reaching the Inter American Highway, you drive towards the crossroad of the city of Liberia. Once you have approached the main crossing from the road CA 1 into the city of Liberia that intersects the Interamerican Highway, continue straight ahead onto the Inter American Highway 1, on the road to Cañas, Puntarenas and San Jose. Drive past the entrance to the town of Bagaces, reaching the city of Cañas. Turn east into town, departing from the Interamerican Highway. Follow signs to Tilaran and Lake Arenal (Lago Arenal in Spanish) on Route 142. Drive for about 20 to 30 minutes to the outskirts of the town of Tilaran. Turn away from the main entrance to the town, following signs to the Arenal Lake and Volcano. Within 15 minutes you will reach a fork on the road. Stay on the left, following signs to Fortuna, and Arenal Volcano. Stay on the scenic road that takes you around Lake Arenal. Drive for about 90 minutes, passing the village of Nuevo Arenal and the dam that forms the lake.  
 At this point, you will depart from the Lake and continue east towards the volcano and the town of La Fortuna. After leaving the lake drive 25 minutes and follows the signs to Fortuna and hotels and resorts in this area.
From Monteverde to Liberia /Rincon de la Vieja National Park
From Liberia: Take the Pan-American highway south. Exit when you get to the turnoff for Cañas and take the road (#142) to Tilarán for a 20 minute-drive. Once you get there, you need to cross the whole town (1km) up to the town limit at T crossroad, take left  and you will find a sign for Monteverde, which gives you a paved road until about the village of Guebrada Grande. At this point, you can also drive on this hilly and curvy road, in which case a 4x4 vehicle is highly recommended. Keep on this gravel road through verdant hills and pastureland providing stunning views on your way to Monteverde and Santa Elena about 45km. The drive to Santa Elena once you leave the town of Tilaran will take anywhere from 1 to almost 2 hours depending on your vehicle type and how often you stop to take pictures. Santa Elena has a gas station and a supermarket. Currently the roads in the centre have been paved. The whole trip should take you 3 hours and 45 minutes.

sábado, 10 de septiembre de 2011

Renting a car at Poas Rent a Car in Liberia Costa Rica

About the Company

 Poas Rent a Car is Costa Rica's leading locally-independent and privately-owned rental car company in Costa Rica. The Company’s operations started with humble beginning in the year 1986 under the championship of its co founders, soliciting customers from the nearby business community in San Jose, Costa Rica and Central Valley regions, targeting market segment of business executives with special transport needs, able to afford hire charges and convenience to managing hiring contracts. Years later, the company business grew from nearby business community segment of executives with special transport needs to corporate and tourist clients.

A company that believes in quality and service as direct providers for private transportation covering the whole country through our agencies located at San Jose and Liberia International Airports plus other offices in Tamarindo, Arenal Volcano, San Jose Downtown, Tortuguero and Puerto Viejo at the Caribbean Coast.

We specialize in providing a fleet of modern rental cars and small vans for self-drive holidays, touring, sporting groups, and business travel. We aim to exceed your expectations by providing competitive car hire rates with no hidden costs, safety checked rental vehicles and friendly 'Tico' hospitality. Our increasing volume of repeat business and referrals by satisfied clients are testament to our commitment to providing an efficient, yet caring service to our customers.

Poas Rent a Car is committed to doing its part to reduce its impact on the environment and people. We love Costa Rica for the natural and adventure playground that it is and we want to do our bit to keep Costa Rica clean, green and beautiful.

When you book or pick up your car rental from Poas Rent A Car, our friendly staff will be happy to provide you with maps and guides and to answer any questions you may have about local sights and attractions or how to get to where you want to go.

Rental Locations:

San Jose Airport Car Rental San Jose Airport, Airport Boulevard, only 3 minutes from arrivals hall. Toll Free 1-888-607-POAS (7627) T. (506) 2442 6178 F. (506) 2442 6685 info@poasrentacar.com

Liberia Airport Liberia, Guanacaste T. (506) 2668 1600 F. (506) 2668 1700 rgonzalez@poasrentacar.com or racevedo@poasrentacar.com

Puerto Viejo and Cahuita Beach Car Rental Limón, Caribbean Coast T. (506) 2750 0400 F. (506) 2750 0405 ejimenez@poasrentacar.com

San Jose Airport Car Rentals
Located just 3 minutes from San Jose International Airport at Airport Boulevard. When you reserve your car ask for the free shuttle service by providing us with your flight information. After you clear customs one of our representatives will meet you at the exit gate with a sign with your name clearly printed on it.

Liberia Airport Car Rentals
We are located only 1.5 miles west of Liberia Airport. We also provide free shuttle and free car delivery service to all beach hotels and resorts.

Puerto Viejo and Cahuita Car Rentals
Come and enjoy the magic of the Caribbean, the beautiful beaches, the mystic life that involves you and the towns of Puerto Viejo and Cahuita.


Our Company Philosophy

 We not only own fleet of vehicles which are rented to clients upon demand, but also we train and recruit qualified staff. We have our own in-house training scheme to foster our culture of delivery of uncompromised complete quality service to our esteemed customers. Our fleets of motor vehicles are of different makes and brands to meet clients’ demand. Our vehicles have comprehensive insurance, registration, repairs and maintenance including fitting of new tires and batteries whenever needed.

We at Poas Rent a Car believe that customer service is not just about smiling; it's about having integrity in that smile and, backing it up with service which makes the customer genuinely want to come back.

Poas Rent a Car strives to develop our employee's skills and knowledge in their specific roles' duties and is staffed by a talented and enthusiastic group committed to a philosophy of providing modern model cars; Sedan Types, Large and Mid sized SUV and four wheels- drive vehicles with the highest possible levels of customer satisfaction.

 At Poas Rent car, we not only believe in friendly efficient service, but also in offering value for money. All of our hire vehicles are extremely competitively priced, both short and long term.


To become the leading national and international company offering the best car renting and transport service by 2015.

Our Mission Statement:

• Poas Rent a Car.com aims to be the leading supplier of nationwide car rental
• We provide our customers with the best value, high quality car rental service through modern technology and relationships with global and local car rental agents.
• We strive to be recognized as providers of quality nationwide car rental solutions while always offering the best value.
• We achieve our aims by consistently exceeding our customers’ expectations in every possible area in a friendly and efficient manner, while building strong forward-looking relationships.

Services offered by renting at Poas Rent a Car:

Self-Drive Car Rental

We provide rental for daily, weekly and monthly basis to both corporate and leisure travellers. In order to suit the varied needs of our customers, we offer a wide range of vehicles to choose from Poas Rent a Car branches which are located strategically at the two major airports in Costa Rica and other tourist destinations for the conveniences of our customers.

Chauffeur-Driven Services

We specialize in airport transfers, inter-office transfers and outstation services. Poas Car Rental’s chauffeur services are available nationwide on an hourly, daily, weekly and monthly basis. Our commitment is to maintain the highest standard of safety for our customers at all time. Our chauffeurs are well trained in safe defensive driving.

Coach Rental

Our coaches comes in various sizes and models which are available for all occasions such as company outing, tailor-made itineraries, sightseeing tours, transfers, family outings, weddings.

It's important to us that you to have the greatest rental car driving and touring experience possible while you are in Costa Rica. Take advantage of our FREE courtesy shuttle to and from San Jose/Liberia Airports, which is available during normal office hours. We can also drop off or pick up your rental car from Hotels and Resorts that are within a 30 kilometer radius only.

Feel free to contact us via email or phone for more details, you'll find us happy to help. Thank you for choosing Poas Rent a Car. We wish you a safe and enjoyable driving and touring experience while vacationing in Costa Rica.

Poas Rent a Car Team

Author: Roberto Acevedo, Marketing and Sales Executive at Liberia, Costa Rica Branch Office. Phone: (506) 2668-1600 or e-mail: racevedo@poasrentacar.com  or rgonzalez@poasrentacar.com

lunes, 5 de septiembre de 2011


Rincon de la Vieja National Park, located in the Pacific Northwest of Costa Rica, is one of the great wilderness areas of Central America. It is an area that covers nearly 35,000 acres, full of volcanic activity, bubbling mud pits, hot springs, different types of forests, and geysers, as well as refreshing lagoons and spectacular waterfalls which produce a landscape of exceptional beauty. Some of the best examples of wildlife and plants are found here.
Rincón de la Vieja is the largest volcano in NW Costa Rica and one of its most active ones. It is, sometimes known as the "Colossus of Guanacaste," and has an estimated volume of 130 cu km containing at least 9 major eruptive centers.
Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park, in Spanish Parque Nacional Volcán Rincón de la Vieja, part of the Guanacaste Conservation Area, World Heritage Site. It is a National Park in the northwestern part of Costa Rica which encompasses the Rincón de la Vieja and Santa María volcanoes, as well as the dormant Cerro Von Seebach. The last eruption here was by Rincón de la Vieja in 1998.
The Rincon de la Vieja massif, 1,916 meters high, is a composite structure. Nine eruptive spots have been identified on its peak, some of which still have fumorale activity. The park contain hot springs which give rise to very hot mountain streams (see photos); sulfuric ponds with small mud-filled depressions which bubble continuously; geysers releasing jets of stream, particularly during the rainy season; and mud cones in all shapes and sizes. Several waterfall exist throughout the park, as does a small freshwater lake which lies south of the main crater
Rincon de la Vieja National Park contains diverse habitats, produced by the differences in altitude and rainfall, the effect of volcanic eruptions and the type of slope. In the lower regions, trees include the Guanacaste, freijo, gumbo-limbo, bitter cedar and capulin. In the central region, between 1,200 and 1,400 meters, the most abundant trees are the cupey, manwood, calabash, jicaro danto and didymopanax. Beginning at 1,400 meters and continuing up to near the peak, the woods are low and the densely-branched trees covered with mosses and other epiphytes. The most common trees are the cupey, didymopanax and crespon. The peak of the volcano is covered with ash and has very sparse vegetation. Plants include the cupey and the poor man's umbrella.

Within the park, 357 species of birds have been sighted, including the three-wattled bellbird, great curassow, emerald toucanet, elegant trogon, blue-throated goldentail, spectacled owl, white-fronted amazon, various quetzals, eagles, and guaco. Some other mammals found here include the red brocket deer, collared peccary, agouti, and tayra. Northern tamandua, two-toed sloth, and howler, white-faced and spider monkeys are found here. Insects are very numerous and include four species of the abundant and beautiful morpho butterflies. (C Michael Hogan.2010)

 Natural Attractions

Horseback riding, bubbling mud pits, geysers of sulfur dioxide and hydrogen are just the unique attractions at Rincon de la Vieja. However, any visit to Rincon de la Vieja withoutvisit to the Blue Lagoon is one wasted. Approximately 30 minutes from the park rangers ‘station, this small lagoon is blue as a result of special minerals in the lagoon's underlying stones. A large waterfall constantly replenishes the lagoon while a small hot spring to its left provides a warm welcome relief. The color of the lagoon is at its bluest during the dry season, as the volume of rainfall is at its lowest level.

The ranger station, at Las Pailas entrance into the park, provides maps of the park trails and washrooms. The easy and less strenuous hike is the Pailas Loop of 3 –km (2-miles) which takes about 2 hours to complete while trailing into the forest until you come to a point that features the park´s famous geothermal activity. Along the trails you will see fumaroles with steam hissing out of ground vents, and boiling mud fields named after pots (pailas).

Climbing to the crater is the most challenging experience you would have. The trails are well-marked paths that climb through deep shaded forest, then uphill into sun baked, treeless slope to the windswept crater with dramatic abysses where temperature goes down. 
Rincon de la Vieja also offers terrific opportunities for those interested in mountain biking. While riding along the trails is prohibited, there are roads which wind throughout the park, all of which are challenging and easily accessible.


Rincon de la Vieja, unlike most parks, is nearly impossible to access with public transportation. So renting a car is the best mode of transportation in the area to get to this natural wonderland. Located 6 km (3.6 miles) north of Liberia, along the Pan-American Highway 1North, there is a sign for the village of Curubandé on the right side of the road or look out for a Rincon de la Vieja sign posted along the road. Turn right onto a 23-km (14-miles) dirt road which is in good condition and passes through large deposits of white volcanic rock and you having to pay a small toll. Ample parking is available at the ranger station, as with the lodges which surround the park.

Source: Smithsonian Institution
Video Source: Canal de Globekarter


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