Poas Volcano, Poas Volcano National Park

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#4 of 45 in Parks in Province of Alajuela
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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  • August 16, 2017
    When there is much fog, it's a lost trip and would be a down payment to only see fog, so you have to take into account the time of year and the time in which it will be
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  • August 12, 2017
    A wonder of nature you can not miss, walking up the slope, watching eye-catching Costa Rican flora and colourful birds, and that gigantic lake on the volcano with the clouds that cover and uncovers it...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    It's perhaps the most beautiful volcano I've ever visited. The lagoon nearby is beautiful, too. My husband and I drove up to Poas ourselves. We used Waze for navigation and the volcano was easy to fin...  more »

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