Rincon de La Vieja National Park

Rincon de La Vieja National Park

Rincon de La Vieja National Park

This 34,800 acre (14,084 ha) national park is home to an intriguing combination of volcanic geological wonders and pristine tropical forests that span six life zones. Of course the main attraction is the smooth cinder cone volcano, Rincon de La Vieja National Park (6217 ft, 1895 m), comprising of nine contiguous craters that dot the volcanic national park. Among the craters is the Santa Maria Volcano (Volcan Santa Maria), the highest peak at 6,385 feet (1916 m). This collection of volcanic peaks are the most active in the Guanacaste Mountains (Cordillera de Guanacaste), where major volcanic activity occurred during the latter half of the 1960’s. The Von Seebach crater is still currently active, continually venting steam and the occasional volcanic hiccup.

Tropical forests, including sections of montane and dwarf cloud forest, span the park’s base, providing safe haven for a host of flora and fauna. Mammals include pumas, jaguar, monkeys-howler, spider, and white-faced-kinkajous, sloths, and tapirs. The east side of the park is exposed to Atlantic trade winds bringing a large amount of rainfall. A drenching 200 inches (500 cm) is liable to fall in any given year, covering the mountainside with lush vegetation. Conversely, the Pacific side has a distinct dry season-February to April-making it ideal for visitors wanting to hike the higher elevations.

* A SERIES OF ERUPTIONS AROUND THE CRATER OF RINCON DE LA VIEJA NATIONAL PARK VOLCANO HAS CREATED A SAFETY HAZARD FOR VISITORS WISHING TO HIKE TO THE CRATER. PERHAPS STABILITY WILL RETURN TO THIS ACTIVE VOLCANO BUT UNTIL THEN NO HIKERS ARE ALLOWED NEAR THE CRATER.

Tour:

A two-hour hike across the humid forest will take you into Rincon de la Vieja’s hot springs and fumaroles, one of the region’s most magical places. Rincon de la Vieja National Park is also home to to over 300 hundred species of birds and part of the Colorado River and White River are also visible during this tour.

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