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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  • Excellent place, a perfect climate, if you're lucky and the weather cleared is can observe one of the volcanic craters but the world's largest.
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  • It's a decent walk on a clear day especially in the morning before the tour hordes rock up. The old caldera is a bit of a bore and some of the trails were closed due to recent erosion (the entry price...  more »
  • When we arrived, the whole area was covered in cloud so we were prepared to be disappointed. Whilst we were on the viewing platform the clouds parted briefly and we had a quick glimpse of what lay bel...  more »