Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park

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Rincon de la Vieja Volcan National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
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Map showing the location of Rincon de la Vieja Volcan National Park
Map showing the location of Rincon de la Vieja Volcan National Park
Location Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
Coordinates 10°49′48″N 85°19′26″W / 10.83000°N 85.32389°W / 10.83000; -85.32389Coordinates: 10°49′48″N 85°19′26″W / 10.83000°N 85.32389°W / 10.83000; -85.32389
Area 142 km²
Established 16 November 1973
Governing body National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC)

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 Site

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The 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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References[edit]

  • C.Michael Hogan. 2010. Extremophile. eds. E.Monosson and C.Cleveland. Encyclopedia of Earth. National Council for Science and the Environment, Washington DC