Poas Volcano, Poas Volcano National Park

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Observe firsthand the geothermal forces that created much of Costa Rica at Poas Volcano. Located within a national park, this active stratovolcano in the central part of the country features a giant crater over 1 km (0.6 mi) in diameter. Although the last major eruption occurred back in the 1950s, on most days you can see mud and water shooting high up into the air. These minor blowouts are caused by deposits of liquid sulphur, which wreaks havoc on the surrounding ecosystem. Just south of there you can see an inactive crater filled by a lake and surrounded by lush cloud forest. Begin your visit at the wheelchair-accessible visitor center, which marks the starting point of one of the park's main trails. Wear shoes suitable for rugged terrain, and keep in mind that due to its location above the frost line, the park often experiences below-freezing temperatures. To visit Poas Volcano on your trip to Poas Volcano National Park, use our Poas Volcano National Park tourist route planner.
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  • Es uno de los mejores parques nacionales de Costa Rica...han hecho muchas mejoras para la comodidad y deleite de visitantes. 
  • What a great place on earth. Even though you pay $15 - it is so worth every single penny. The park is clean and well maintained. Your car is being watched for you as well. And that view on the volcano...  more »
  • We had a great time visiting Costa Rica in December with Caravan Tours. One of the first places we visited was Poas Volcano. The bus got us fairly close to the crater, but it is still a bit of a hike ...  more »