Santa Maria Sector

Volcán Rincón de la Vieja


Things to see


 Camping areas


 Room and board

How to get here

Programmed activities 

 Other services

Santa María is open 24 a day with attention to the public between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Things to see


Hot springs

Cold water springs caused by vocanic activity

Rivers and streams

Bird watching

Rain forest

Casona de Santa María Visitor's Center

Camping areas

Santa María

grills (cooking has to be with charcoal or natural gas)
drinking water


Northwest of the Casona.

Room and board

No se ofrece alojamiento ni alimentación (a partir de 1998 se ofrecerán estos servicios).

Programmed activities

None available.


 Name of trail:

Las Azufradas

Pailas de Agua Fría

 Characterización of the segment: General public General public (good physical condition)
 Type of trail: Lineal, natural Lineal, natural
 Things to see: Baths in hot springs, rain forest. Rain forest and secondary volcanic activity.
 Total distances:

5.5 Kms.

3.2 Km.


3 hours and 30 minutes

2 hours

 Highest point:

780 m.

900 m.

 Starting point: West side of La Casona West side of La Casona
 Arrival point: West side of La Casona West side of La Casona
Site description: Rain forest, crossing some streams, regeneration areas, irregular terrain with the trail muddy year-round. Trail through forest and observation of secondary volcanic activity.
 Regulations: Stay on the trail. Do not litter. Personal belongings have to be protected against animals in the camping area. You need to carry your own water since the water in rivers can have chemicals from the volcano, do not use any soaps or champu.

Other trails:

Trapiche: This short trail leads to the sugar cane processing area of the old farm.

Mirador: This trail starts to one side of the Casona and leads uphill to a lookout towards the pacific region of this area. The trail is about 500 meters long. There is also a good view of Miravalles volcano.

How to get here

You can get to the Santa Maria Sector by car through Barrio La Victoria of Liberia or from Bagaces. You can travel by bus to Colonia Blanca.

Bus schedule:

Liberia - Colonia Blanca: 6:30 a.m. y 1:30 p.m.
Liberia Aguas Claras: 6:00 a.m. y 1:45 p.m.

Liberia- Colonia Blanca, 55 km,
Liberia- Santa María, 25 km por Barrio La Victoria-Liberia

Tiempo de recorrido:
Liberia-Colonia Blanca, 60 minutes.
Colonia Blanca-Sta. María, 20 minutes.
Liberia- Sta. María, 45 minutes through Barrio La Victoria.

From Colonia Blanca to Santa Maria you have to travel with a 4 wheel drive vehicle.

Other services

Gasolineras Estación de Servicio Valdelomar- Liberia, 26 Km.
Estación de Servicio Texaco. Liberia, 26 Km.
Farmacia Farmacia Auxiliadora, Liberia 26 Km.
Supermercados Palí, Liberia, 26 Km.
Coopecompro. Liberia, 26 Km.
Hospital Enrique Baltodano, Liberia; 26 Km.
Alojamientos cercanos Albergue Santa María-Colonia Blanca, 10 Km. Hotel La Siesta-Liberia, 26 Km. Hotel Primavera, 26 Km
Alimentación Cuatro Mares- Liberia, 26 Km.
Albergue Santa María, Colonia Blanca, 10 Km.