Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park (Costa Rica)

Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park (Costa Rica)

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Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park spans over 34,000 acres and helps protect both montane forests and dwarf cloud forests. Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, an active andesitic complex volcano, is set within the park and is one of six active Costa Rican volcanoes.

Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park spans over 34,000 acres (12,759 ha) and helps protect both montane forests and dwarf cloud forests.

Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, an active andesitic complex volcano, is set within the park and is one of six active Costa Rican volcanoes.

The National Park is part of the Area de Conservación Guanacaste World Heritage Site. Trails extend from the Santa Maria ranger station and wind through the park, passing hot springs and waterfalls along the way.

Mammals within the park include sloths, tapirs, kinkajous, pumas, jaguar, and both howler and spider monkeys.

Rincón de la Vieja volcano stands 1,916 m (6,286 ft) above sea level and its summit is the highest point in Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park. It erupted most recently in September 2011. The volcano has many fumaroles and hot springs on its slopes.

There are a large number of hot pools and areas of bubbling mud in two areas on the slopes of the volcano, indicating substantial reserves of geothermal energy.