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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  • Impressive is more word to describe this volcano, look for many domestic and foreign tourists. It is located in the province of Alajuela with access to the public by all means of transport to the viewpoint from the crater. A volcano in intermittent but permitted activities to the public. The cool weather that could surprise us with a sudden rain which will force us to seek refuge for a while. If you like I walk also can benefit from climb to the vantage point of the lagoon Botox and take a photo to remember your effort, it's worth the penalty is beautiful place. There is a shop to buy crafts, take a coffee, see informative Museum, take a "selfie", rest awhile. Very nice area which in tuda route, with beautiful views, good restaurants.
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  • Located 60 km from San Jose worth go, is a volcano where you can see the crater from above, there is also a hike as per an hour to a cataract. The way much of Costa Rica shows old, the houses, the type of economy. When visiting, I recommend renting a car and stop whenever you want.
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  • At the gate of the park, the guard said there was no point going to the viewpoint as the cloud cover was too thick. Rather than waste the $30 entry fee, we headed back to San Jose.