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Rincon de la Vieja

Explore the amazing Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and National Park. This large national park and its imposing volcano and tropical forests attracts thousands of tourists every year. We can book hotels and resorts in the Rincon de la Vieja area, around the park and the volcano. Approximately 600,000 years old, the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano is a complex geological structure, consisting of at least nine volcanic cones. The most active crater is 1806 meters high; its sides are nearly vertical and are barren of vegetation. The Santa Maria crater is the highest, 1916 m high. It is presently inactive and has some kind of vegetative cover. Along the southern side of the volcano there are hot springs, mud pots, and steam and sulfur vents found. It is said that Rincon de la Vieja once served as a natural lighthouse for sailors off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Reliable reports from 1851 tell of eruptions of smoke and ash; sporadic eruptions of steam and ash were again observed between 1860 and 1863.

During the present century, occasional eruptions of gases, ash and mud mixed with steam were noted from 1966 up to the 70’s. During 1983-1984 the activity affected an area of 2 km to the south and to the east of the active crater. Most recent eruptions, in 1991, 1995 and again in 1997, caused some damage to settlements on the Atlantic slope. The mighty Rincon de la Vieja stands astride the continental division, separating the Atlantic from the Pacific watersheds in the northwest zone of the country. Its height and location make it a real 'water factory' one which has been lending service for many years to the province of Guanacaste.

Rincon de la Vieja National Park and Volcano is yet another incredible tourist destination in Costa Rica. This mighty volcanic formation is a unique nature and wildlife treasures. You will find volcanic hot springs, natural mud pools, endless territory of savannahs, cattle ranches, tropical dry forests, mysterious canyons and hidden valleys, amazing blue rivers, thermal spas, mountain peaks’ , blue lagoons and the impressive volcanic crater. Located just 40 to 1.5 hours from Liberia, Rincon de la Vieja is a truly enchanting destination , both for nature lovers, birders, scientists and family and regular tourists alike. There are plenty of tours including canopy, rappelling, river tubing, rafting and also cultural activities, such as cattle herding, rodeos and much more. Plenty of hotels are distributed around the park, both on its Pacific Coast slopes as well as the northern Caribbean slopes, with views of Lake Nicaragua.

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