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“GOTTA DO IT ONCE!!”
Review of Miravalles Volcano

Miravalles Volcano
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Miravalles Crater and Waterfalls from Tamarindo
St. Catharines, Canada
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“GOTTA DO IT ONCE!!”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

Our family of 4 (2 teens) drove up here from Playa Ocotal in the Guanacaste in 2 hours on surprisingly good roads. We chose Las Hornillas Volcanic Centre at Miravalles rather than the Hacienda tours at Rincon de la Vieja because being a little farther out we thought it would be less touristy and crowded. We were right. There was only 1 other family on our horseback ride to a nice hike through the rainforest with hanging bridges and 2 waterfalls. Lunch was good, but not the best we've experienced. The short hike around the gurgling mudpots and sulpher steam vents was so neat! We all smeared on the mud and took great pics! The unique showers also made for some great photo ops! We wore old bathings suits as per some other reviews, but had no problems with stains or smells. More locals here than tourists which is what we look for. Enjoy!

Visited December 2013
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Menlo Park
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“Adventure in Miravalles Volcano”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

What a great place to take kids! We walked the hanging bridges, saw beautiful waterfalls, went horse back riding, went down a 250 meter water slide, hiked into a live crater and took a volcanic mud bath. While we were there we saw lots of peacocks! Highly recommend going with Jorge from Alexonthebeach.com. He was a great tour guide and answered every question.

Visited April 2014
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Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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77 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Las Hornillas Volcanic Activity Center”
Reviewed 4 February 2014

Overall the adventure is average. The Hanging Bridges as well as the short hike ino the rain forest and waterfalls are absolutely the best part of the this trip.Excellent views of river canyon,and jumping from the platform into the river below is a thirlling experience for the adventure minded. The volcanic mud baths and hot springs are certainly not the best Costa Rica has to offer. Best part of the "walkable live crater" is the sauna. Check out Tabocan Spa and resort if you want a first class hot spring experience. The mud baths are smelly and gross! Don't wear anything you do not want permanently stained! The waterslide is hoaky! The facilities are not that clean. The Hot pools are not clean and made me feel even dirtier than the mud! Big Yuck factor! The owners are attempting to upgrade the "hot spring" area but you will find better places to do the mud bath ritual if you like. We did! I would skip that altogether at this place. The food is adequate. Nothing to write home about. You can get more bang for your buck if you have only one day to book an adventure. This place is just ok in my opinion.

Visited November 2013
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“Loved every minute of it!!”
Reviewed 18 January 2014

We booked through alexonthebeach.com and I would highly recommend! We did 5 excursions on this day and loved every one!

Visited January 2014
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Diriamba, Nicaragua
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“Nature -- beautiful”
Reviewed 12 January 2014

We only stayed here for half a day since we did not come with an organized tour. While we were there, many people wandered in and out without reporting to the office -- and no one seemed to care. The person on staff was laying in the office in a hammock, watching TV, when we came. Supplies were scattered on the floor. She called another person to guide us. (We actually read the sign that said to go to the office before entering.) The guide was not knowledgeable about volcanic activity and knew little about the geothermic energy that was generated in the area.
This place might have been a wonderful place but seems to have lost its direction. Rebar peaks and pokes from the cement tables. The shelters close to the swimming pools were poorly maintained. Things appear unloved.
The redeeming part -- the reason I did not give it terrible -- is that the natural beauty is still there.

Visited January 2014
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