Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park

Location: North Pacific

An active volcano draped with virgin forest, this attractive park lies 12 miles northeast of Liberia and at the end of a very rough road. Though it’s a tough hike to the top, one can see Lake Nicaraguafrom the summit on a clear day, and the volcano’s slopes are covered with both wet and dry forests, which contain hidden lakes, rivers and waterfalls and an abundance of wildlife. Resident species include the resplendent quetzal, three-wattled bell birds, morpho butterflies, tapir, coati mundis and three kinds of monkeys. The park also has small geysers, bubbling mud pots and mineral hot springs.

Activities in the area: Canopy Tours, Bird watching, Horseback riding, Tour to Cauldrons, Blue Lagoon Waterfall and Azufrales.