lunes, 12 de septiembre de 2011

HOW TO GET TO RINCON DE LA VIEJA NATIONAL PARK




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.
                                                                                      
OPTION #1: GUARDIA – PLAYA HERMOSA (RECOMMENDED!)
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.
OPTION #2:  PLAYAS EL COCO/OCOTAL -SARDINAL –  
•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.
                                                                                               

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