Miravalles Volcano Tours
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Towering above Costa Rica’s northwestern plains, Miravalles Volcano is the highest peak in the Guanacaste province. The dormant peak’s microclimate makes it one of the best birdwatching spots in Costa Rica, while its refreshingly cool air offers respite from the tropical humidity of the nearby beaches.
At Miravalles Volcano, enjoy geothermal adventures such as crater hikes, volcano ziplining, and visits to bubbling mud baths. Tours are the safest way to explore the active geothermal area and usually include hiking past steaming fumaroles and across suspension bridges, followed by a relaxing soak in mineral-rich mud baths and naturally-heated hot springs. Other popular adventures include horseback riding and ziplining across the volcanic slopes.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Although Miravalles Volcano is technically dormant, steam vents and geysers can still be very hot and should be approached with caution.
- Bring a swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes if you plan to soak in the mud baths.
- Wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes for hiking and pack a pair of flip-flops for the hot springs.
- The volcano area does not have any dining facilities, but most day tours include a stop for lunch.
How to Get There
Miravalles Volcano is a 1.5-hour drive from Tamarindo, Playa Flamingo, and Playa del Coco on the Guanacaste coast. The road to reach the volcano is rough and unpaved in sections, so most travelers prefer to go on a tour that includes transportation. The nearest town, Bagaces, is about 30 minutes away.
When to Get There
The volcano can be visited year-round. Be prepared for muddy trails and afternoon showers if visiting during Costa Rica’s rainy season, which occurs from May to mid-November.
Exploring Tenorio Volcano National Park
Located in the same mountain range as Miravalles, neighboring Tenorio Volcano National Park is close enough to mean that you can tick off two volcanoes in just one day. The park features a lush cloud forest that teems with wildlife and rugged volcanic terrain that’s suited to serious hikers. A highlight for many is the trek to the Rio Celeste waterfall, known for bright-blue waters that are a result of natural mineral reaction.
Address: Guanacaste and Northwest, Costa Rica, Costa Rica
6 Tours and Activities to Experience Miravalles Volcano
Pamper yourself in a volcanic spa rife with mineral-rich mud baths and hot springs on a private or small-group tour of Miravalles Volcano. Depart from the coast for an adventure in a tropical rain forest full of opportunities to swim, hike, and relax in Costa Rica’s lush wilderness.
Swap sandy beaches for soaring peaks on this full-day tour of the Miravalles volcano from Playa Flamingo. Witness the effects of one of Guanacaste's most active volcanoes as you pass bubbling mud pots, smoking geysers and sulfur springs, and enjoy the rare opportunity to soak in a volcanic mud bath and natural hot springs. After lunch (included), embark on an exhilarating hike along lush rainforest trails and rugged volcanic terrain, stopping to cool off with a swim beneath natural waterfalls.
Visit the Miravalles Volcano region on a full-day tour from Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste. Experience the geothermal features of Miravalles, known as the ‘Yellowstone of Costa Rica,’ including picturesque steam vents, hot springs, and natural mud baths. Take in the scenic landscape, and treat yourself to a soak and ‘mud facial’ at the thermal pools. Your tour includes lunch, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Pamper yourself in a volcanic spa rife with mineral-rich mud baths and hot springs on a private or small-group tour of Miravalles Volcano. Depart from Tamarindo for a 7-hour adventure in a tropical rain forest full of opportunities to swim, hike, and relax in Costa Rica’s lush wilderness.
Take a multisensory trek through an active volcano on this full-day adventure that gets you closer than most tours to Costa Rica’s geothermal activity. On Miravalles Volcano, hike directly inside an active crater, passing by steaming fumaroles and bubbling mud pots. For total immersion in the landscape, try out the volcano’s healing properties with a natural mud bath and hot springs soak.
Visit the spectacular Cortes Falls on a 5-hour trip from Playa del Coco that includes lunch at a restaurant near the falls, admission, and round-trip transport from your Playa del Coco hotel. Slip behind the 49-foot (15-meter) waterfall to take a natural, tropical shower, or swim from a white sand beach fringed by lush foliage. This small-group tour is limited to 10 people for a personalized experience.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Miravalles Volcano ?
The best ways to experience Miravalles Volcano are:
- Miravalles Volcano and Waterfalls from Playa Hermosa
- Miravalles volcano Tour and Waterfalls from Playa Flamingo
- Miravalles Yellowstone of Costa Rica Volcanic Mud and Hot Springs From Guanacaste
- Miravalles Crater and Waterfalls from Tamarindo
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