Irazu Volcano National Park, Province of Cartago

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Visit Irazu Volcano National Park and drive to the top of Costa Rica’s tallest active volcano. The summit allows views of the volcano’s main crater, with views of the surrounding mountainous landscape. Visit the secondary crater, Diego de la Haya, to view its mineral-rich lake. The areas around the crater are barren, giving visitors the feeling of being in an alien landscape. With more than 2,023 hectares (5,000 acres) in the national park, it is home to montane forests and animal life including armadillos, owls, foxes, and a variety of birds. Using our custom trip planner, Cartago attractions like Irazu Volcano National Park can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Really quite a memorable experience was a walk around the "lava field" on the top of this volcano (or almost on the top since there's still a higher ridge or such along one side of the field) where...  more »
  • I caught the public bus (leaves SJO from just opposite the National Theatre in the centre of town). Bus costs 2,500C and leaves at 8am Monday - Sunday. I went Aug 2020, so even during the COVID...  more »
  • Breathtaking scenery in this beautiful country with amazing hiking on top of everything. You must go..  more »
  • It can’t be missed, a must visit! It’s a treat for people of all ages. Be sure to carry warm cloths, it gets windy and usually due to altitude, it’s remains cold. Best time to visit is before noon. There are two craters where mineral rich water can be observed. The view point is accessible from outside which is a little climb from car parking else you can stroll along the barricades to view the volcanos.
  • A must-see. We loved it. We almost didn't go because many reviews said they only allowed you to be at the peak for 15 to 20 minutes, and that it was too pricey, overcrowded and that there wasn't much to be seen, but we found all of those statements to be false. It's 15 dollars to get in, you can stay as long as you wish, it's so large I found it find it hard to believe it would be overcrowded (we were there in high season), and the views are incredible (see pictures). The only warning I would give is: don't go on a cloudy day, because that would probably impair your view of the volcano.
  • A must-see for anyone visiting Costa Rica! From the observation points and the main trail, you can see lakes within the main crater, walk on a filled in crater, and see volcanic rocks. The area is well maintained and has basic facilities. However, it does not have drinking water, so make sure to bring you're own. If you're lucky, it won't be cloudy and you'll be able to see the craters!
  • Incredible! I recommend as I absolutely loved my time there.
  • A must-visit for nature lovers. Different species of plants can ve found in the area. Please wear thick clothing when going here as the temperature can be as low as you can't imgine. Although entrance fee is pricey, the experience is worth it.

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