Miravelles is one of over a dozen volcanoes dotted throughout Costa Rica. It’s located in the Guanacaste Province in the far northwest of the country and is part of the Guanacaste Province. With an elevation of 6,653 feet, it completely dominates the skyline. Despite its rather foreboding appearance, the only recent ac-tivity was a minor steam eruption that occurred in 1946; apart from that, the volcano has been dormant since its discovery. Due to the high heat flow emanating from the volcano, a significant portion of the surrounding area is used as a geothermal field. In fact, it’s the largest such field in all of the country.
What makes Miravelles particularly appealing to many is the fact that it isn’t very touristy at all. While there are a few small settlements in the area, they’re traditional villages whose inhabitants mostly specialise in farming the surrounding undeveloped land. Visiting the area and its settlements is therefore seen as a more authentic experience than visiting some of the other more tourist-oriented parts of the country. There are a small number of hotels and lodges close by, some of which have natural thermal pools as attractions. Temperatures are generally quite favourable year-round, with the weather fairly humid and dry for much of the year.
It is possible to visit the area on day trips from the Guanacaste Coast, but our favourite way to experience area is Rio Perdido Lodge, a fantastic lodge with natural hot pools, zip lines, river tubing, and hiking and Mountain Biking trails.