Photographer's Note

Out of the 3 vocanoes I visited in Costa-Rica, this is the 3rd one. "Rincon de la Vieja" : "The Old Woman's Corner", is a reference to a local legend about a girl whose lover was thrown into the crater by her father. She became a recluse living on the mountain, and was credited with healing powers.

Rincon de la Vieja stands 1916 metres above sea level, and its last eruption dates back to February 1998. It's a "complex volcano", because it erupted at different locations through the ages.
I think the photo shows this as there is no single formed cone as is often the case, but there are cones at different locations in the range.

Rincon de la Vieja is well-known for its geo-thermal energy which could generate a lot of electric power. However, for the time being, the area is protected within the National Park, so it cannot be exploited.

I took the photo from an arena where we were watching a rodeo, hence the foreground.
I shall tell you more about this part in my next post.

2WS showing 2 different peaks of the volcano range.

3 WS showing the springs of HOT mud letting out wisps of sulphuric smoke.

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