Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja, Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

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Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park, in Spanish Parque Nacional Volcán Rincón de la Vieja, is a National Park in Guanacaste Province of the northwestern part of Costa Rica.It encompasses the Rincón de la Vieja and Santa María volcanoes, as well as the dormant Cerro Von Seebach. The last eruption here was by Rincón de la Vieja in 1998. It is part of the Guanacaste Conservation Area and the Area de Conservación Guanacaste World Heritage SiteGeographyThe nearest city is Liberia to the south of the park, and there are two facilities at the park for visitors information and guides the Santa Maria and Pailas stations which are both on the southern side of the park.The park has a variety of wildlife, such as over 300 species of birds, such as the three-wattled bellbird (Procnias tricarunculata) and emerald toucanet (Aulacorhynchus prasinus), and also various quetzals, curassows, eagles, etc. Mammals seen in the park include cougars, monkeys, kinkajous, jaguars and many more. The volcanic vents and geysers are habitat for certain extremophile micro-organisms. (C.Michael Hogan. 2010)
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  • - Santa Maria Ranger Station : It's all about the hot springs We saw some wildlife on the hike out to the hot springs (toucans, lizards, monkeys, butterflies) but for most people it is all about the s...  more »
  • This National Park is worth the long drive to get here. The two mile hike is lovely and you get the opportunity to see the most exquisite trees, rivers, waterfalls, birds and monkeys. Pick a option wh...  more »
  • Took the two mile nature walk and right off the bat we saw two coatis which are adorable!! They are cousins to the raccoon. Then a bright green snake (green vine snake) chasing a lizard. Saw iguanas a...  more »

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