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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  • We were staying in the area, so we decided to visit one morning. Traffic going up wasn't great as there was a bike ride/race going on that morning. When we got to the ticket booth, the lady told us it...  more »
  • This volcano is well maintained by the State National Park. The crater is approximately 2400msnm. It is a very large more than 1 km in diameter crater. They have trails to walk towards a volcanic Lake. You can't picnic as before since they prohibit it now. They open at 8 am and close at 330 pm. Open every day
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  • The drive to the park from Alajeula was spectacular. We were treated to great views of the countryside and a myriad of little local restaurants that we wanted to eat at. :) We arrived at the park by 1...  more »