Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-11559
The remote northern side of the youngest cone of the Miravalles volcanic complex is covered with dense rain forest. Prior to the arrival of the Spanish, Miravalles was known by indigenous people as Cuipilapa, a Nahuatl term meaning "river of many colors," a reference to minerals dissolved in rivers draining the volcano. In clear weather the summit provides views extending to the Gulf of Nicoya and the savannas of Guanacaste.
Photo by Eliecer Duarte (OVSICORI-UNA).