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. Using our custom trip planner, Poas Volcano National Park attractions like Poas Volcano can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Incredible views of the craters of a volcano that was active at one time, these 3 crater to more than 3,000 meter high and one of them has an amazing lagoon, worth knowing it and is relatively close San Jose
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  • We went in May and it was closed. Not like us is that not much information had on whether the Park was open or not... directly went to speak with the Rangers who informed us that the Park was closed since it has to build a bunker as a result of the activity volcanic.
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  • A short ride from downtown San Jose, highly recommended going in the morning to avoid getting a cloudy view. Admission is based by vehicle. There are a few hiking trails (moderately easy to easy) that...  more »
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  • Because the hike is not bad at all, why not go and see this treasure? I’ve been twice, once when I was 12 and again when I was 20. It was still the same, beautiful place that isn’t over crowded and shouldn’t take up more than an hour of your day. I wouldn’t recommend traveling great lengths to see it though, only if it is on your way to other adventures. There is no place to eat so bring your own lunch!
  • I thought it was great. Easy access from San Jose by bus. You can make an easy day trip out of it.
  • Was very foggy the day we went. You'd probably have to stay about an hour before the clouds cleared up but we didn't have that much time to stay. Very cold up there. Wear warm clothes!
  • Great view of an old volcano & what an active one may look like. Check the weather or wait while you are there for the clouds to pass. Best to go on a clear day.
  • CLOSED. DO NOT ATTEMPT THE DRIVE.
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