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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  • There are two main entrances in this park, the Sta Maria Station and the Palias Station. Both offer nice hiking trails that will lead you past geothermal features. The roads to get to them are kind of...  more »
  • We were in the two sectors. At Santa Maria the most interesting are the natural hot water pools that are at the end of the trail after a good walk. Pailas sector is more entertaining because you have a lush waterfall where you can take a swim that if, after another good walk, and another shorter trail where you can see fumaroles, boiling mud pools and other interesting volcanic phenomena of seeing. Visit, therefore, highly recommended.
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  • Excellent landscapes... a lot variety of vegetation. We could see some animals in the path of Las Pailas. We did the trail of the waterfall La Cangreja and turned out something hard because there are many stones along the way. But the beauty is magnificent.
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