Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-08616
The SW peak of Barva volcano is capped by at least four volcanic cones. This 2840-m-high cone contains a well-preserved crater filled by the 70-m-wide Barva lagoon. Aztec legends tell of the formation of Barva lagoon and a fearful serpent that devoured children in a nearby village. Nineteenth-century visitors to Barva lagoon noted similar dense vegetation as seen today, discounting reports of earlier historical eruptions.
Photo by José Enrique Valverde Sanabria, 1999 (courtesy of Eduardo Malavassi, OVSICORI-UNA).