Poas Volcano, Poas Volcano National Park

Categories: Volcanos, National Parks, Nature & Parks
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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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  • Reading other recent TA reviews, it sounds as though the active crater rim of Poas is often shrouded in clouds. Thanks to the efficiency of our guide Mario - and jet-lag - we were at the crater rim, a...  read more »
  • Even we couldn't see the crater from the volcano cus it was kinda raining and too cloudy the walk we did was so great. It felt breathing that pure air and it was very cold. We saw squirrels and they w...  read more »
  • We hiked up to the volcano rim where we waited for a few (about 10) and the clouds miraculously cleared for about 3 minutes. That was enough time to enjoy the crater which was full of water that was o...  read more »
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