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Rincon de la Vieja

The Rincon de la Vieja Volcano adn National Park is a massif of four craters: the Von Seebach, the active crater, the Rincón de la Vieja and the Santa María. This place offers to the visitors all the volcano-related activities such as hot springs, mud pools and fumaroles. It protects dry-forest in the Pacific-facing slope and cloud or rainforest in the Caribbean-facing slope.

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The Rincón de la Vieja National Park is a volcano massif, and the National Park protects it and the surrounding area. As an active volcano, the Rincón de la Vieja National Park offers hotsprings, sulfur geysers, fumaroles, and mud pools to the visitors. The volcanic massif is actually composed by several craters: the Von Seebach, the active crater, the Rincón de la Vieja and the Santa Maria. The latter two have a lagoon in their crater. The active crater is located in the North border, and historically has presented violent eruptions, phreatic eruptions (eruptions of non-incandescent material), activity in the fumaroles, or just steam and gases emanations. In the present, its activity is mainly in the fumaroles of the hot lake, and emanations originated in the lower part of the walls that contain the lake. The last phreatic eruption occurred in 1998, and it remains to date as an active volcano for the activity in the fumaroles.

This massif present the same ecological pattern that the rest of the Costa Rican mountains have. There is a NO-SE axis with different weather conditions for each side: the Caribbean-facing and the Pacific-facing slope. In simple words, the Caribbean side is more humid than the Pacific. Therefore, in the case of the Rincón de la Vieja massif, the Pacific side has dry-forest vegetation while the Caribbean side has the vegetation typical of the cloud or rainforests. Some of the attractive animals of the park are the three-wattled bellbird, the long-tailed manakin, coati, white-faced monkey, sloth, agouti, and deer.


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