On this loop trail of about 2.5 miles (3.5 km), you can enjoy the best views of the active Rincón de la Vieja Volcano without climbing the main crater. Here you can find a great variety of vegetation and trees, and the Park is home to mammals like raccoons, white-nosed coatis, Central American agoutis,
armadillos, tapirs and three species of monkeys, as well as birds such as the Blue-crowned Motmot, the Crested Guan and the Emerald Toucanet. The most impressive and spectacular features of the National Park are its volcanic elements. Steam and sulphur pour out of the yellow and rust-colored ground at natural fumaroles. Clay and coffee-colored pools bubble with boiling hot volcanic water. Smooth grey volcanic mud froths and explodes upward at the "Cauldrons" ("Las Pailas" in Spanish), for which this section of the Park is named. You’ll also find beautiful little rushing rivers and small waterfalls crisscrossing the trails.
Butterfly Farm, Serpentarium & Frog Exhibit - Hotel Hacienda Guachipelín’s Butterfly Farm, Serpentarium and Frog Exhibit are located in a beautiful all-natural setting in the middle of the forest, yet only 150 meters (about 165 yards) from the hotel. You’ll walk a delightful trail amid a myriad of trees and flowers toward the ranch’s Look-out Point, where you can see the Rincón de la Vieja and Santa Maria volcanoes along with the Pacific Coastline. Our wildlife exhibit has 9 stations – with 23 species of snakes, including 11 which are poisonous or dangerous, 6 species of frogs that represent the different strata of the Costa Rican forests, and 2 basilisk species: the brown-colored variety of the Pacific and the emerald green type from the Caribbean. You’ll even have the opportunity to take a picture with a live boa! Within our interesting and interactive facility there is a beautiful Butterfly Garden, featuring the three major families of butterflies that live in Costa Rica: Pieridae, Papilionidae and Nimphalidae.