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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  • MUST GO!! Try to head there around 11 am , we waited for a long period of time, it was totally worth it at the end.. simply be patient and you'll be lucky  more »
  • Although we went there very early in the morning the road to the volcano was closed due to eruption took place a month ago. So check volcano possition before you go there.  more »
  • The walk up to the volcano is easy. Go in the morning! We were lucky enough to make it to the mountain early enough in the day before the clouds blew through, and definitely worth the trek.It's great ...  more »