Miravalles Volcano Costa Rica
Our spectacular Miravalles Volcano is located in the Guanacaste mountain range 21miles outside of Liberia in an east-southeast direction; the Guanacaste province has a hot, dry climate plus beautiful pale sand beaches. This awe inspiring volcano stands 1969ft (600m) above sea level boasting a total height of 6654ft (2028m) and total area of 28,840 acres. 10,850 hectares of land surrounding the volcano have been acknowledged as a protected area and named the Miravalles Forest Reserve since March 16, 1976. This reserve protects rivers and tributaries that surge across the Gulf of Nicoya and into the fields of Nicaragua. The complex Miravalles stratovolcano also shelters a beautiful cloud forest and primary rainforest that overflows with coconut palm trees, epiphites and ferns; while also being home to wild felines, coyotes, white tail deer, pacas, white faced capuchin monkeys and peccaries just to name a few of the wildlife species that run rampant here.
Miravalles Volcano boasts young lava flows that pour over the west and southwest slopes. At the peak of Miravalles you will discover six eruption points, though the main crater is dormant. This splendid volcano is adorned with hot mud pits (some mudpots have been measured to be as deep as 5 - 6.5ft featuring diameters as wide as 16 and 20ft.), bubbling water pools, waterfalls, thermal springs, fumaroles and crystallized sulfur. The geographic position of Miravalles Volcano interrupts cloud flows that come in from the Caribbean coast, which produces frequent showers, heavy cloud covers, tremendously strong winds (sometimes even over 62miles/hr) as well as cold rains. Annual rainfall can reach up to 140 inches. Ordinary temperatures in the area of Miravalles range from 75F to 90F. At the top of the volcano temperatures usually register between 42F and 48F, but have been known to drop to as low as 32F. Even though Miravalles volcano is constantly monitored, the last known "eruption" was a small geyser-like steam explosion that took place in 1946. Some small seismic activity does take place regularly inside and under the main crater.
Miravalles Volcano is known for it many different points of interest; the most famous is probably the Las Hornillas tour center located in the southwest area; a family owned business that has created a living museum spa that displays hydrothermal movement along with other terrific features of the volcano. Costa Rica's oldest Pre-Hispanic archeological findings were discovered at the Miravalles Volcano. Since 1977 the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity has suffered its office of Seismology and Volcanology in the Department of Geological Engineering to observe the activity taking place at Miravalles Volcano. An ambitious development called Proyecto Geotermico Miravalles is a huge underground reservoir that is heated by geothermic activity which it tries to harness; this reservoir is an energy plant that actually generates electricity for the zone. Tourists come here to hike, pamper themselves, ride horses and admire incredible natural beauty. Miravalles boasts 2 different paths that will take you across the irregular terrain to the summit, don't forget to also bathe in the volcanic clays produced here, renowned for their therapeutic properties. Visit Miravalles and experience nature at a different level.