The Legend of ‘Rincon de la Vieja’ Volcano
The English translation of ‘Rincon de la Vieja’ is ‘the old woman’s corner‘, named for the tragic tale that took place centuries ago. It’s the story of a love affair, a beautiful girl, a hero and a disapproving father.
The beautiful Princess Curabanda was madly in love with Mixcoac the Chief of a neighboring enemy tribe. Her father, Curanande, was angered at their relationship and ended it violently by throwing Mixcoac into the volcano.
The Princess, who was pregnant with Mixcoac’s child, was stricken with grief and exiled herself to living on the slopes of the volcano from that day onwards. After she gave birth to a son, a boy that constantly reminded her of her deceased lover, she threw him into the crater so that he may be with his father. Legend says her spirit gained magical powers and she still roams those mountains as a peaceful healing spirit.