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Rincón de la Vieja
|Rincón de la Vieja|
|Elevation:||6,285 ft (1,916 m)|
|Range:||Cordillera de Guanacaste|
Rincón de la Vieja is an active andesitic stratovolcano in north-western Costa Rica, about 25 km from Liberia, in the province of Guanacaste. Its name means 'The Old Woman's Corner', 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, credited with powers of healing.
Rincón de la Vieja stands 1916 metres above sea level, and its summit is the highest point in Parque Nacional Rincón de la Vieja. It erupted most recently in February 1998. The volcano is notable for the large number of fumaroles and hot springs which are found on the surrounding slopes.
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