Rincon de la vieja

Rincon de la vieja

Rincon de la vieja volcano

This beautiful tourist attraction is located 24km from Liberia, in Guanacaste. It has been declared the third most active volcano in Costa Rica, in fact its last eruption date of May 23, 2017, before this one, there was a major eruption on March 30, 2016. In the 19th century, the volcano was used as a natural beacon for mariners because its eruptions were surprising. It is one of the largest volcanoes in the country with a volume of 130km3: it has 9 eruptive centers, in the national park you can enjoy many hot springs at 38 degrees (you can swim there), rivers, fumaroles and pools of warm volcanic mud … we have the opportunity to walk on 3 trails that are at the foot of the “Rincón de la Vieja” (“Corner of the old woman”), these trails lead to a beautiful waterfall. When hiking, it is likely to observe many animals such as: snakes, coatis, howler monkeys among others.

This place is perfect for lovers of landscapes, nature and outdoor activities. Among the activities that this region offers you there are suspension bridges, zip lines, hiking, thermal waters, all to relax and enjoy the flora and fauna of Costa Rica. What is the origin of the name “Rincon de la Vieja” (Corner of the old woman) Legend has it that a long time ago, a princess called Curabanda fell in love with the leader of the neighboring enemy tribe.

So when the girl’s father realized this relationship he captured Mixcoac (the leader of the enemy tribe) and threw it into the crater of the volcano. Curabanda devastated by the suffering, and then pregnant with Mixcoac, decided after the birth of the baby to throw it in the crater of the volcano so that the child is eternally with his father. For the rest of her life, Princess Curabanda lived near the volcano and became a healer for the people around. People who knew her called her house “The corner of the old woman.”

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