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, Ujarras attractions like Irazu Volcano National Park can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Went here on one of our last days in Costa Rica. Well worth it. We made it up there before the rain started. There was some fog or ash from the other nearby volcano the further/higher up we got, but w...  more »
  • I loved the visit to the volcano, a natural landscape like no other. Ideally, bring warm clothing because the truth is too cold there. Volcano background is beautiful and the tour of the Park an unforgettable experience for those who loves nature.
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  • I really like this park because it is easy to get there, you don’t need to climb or walk a lot like in other volcanoes. The view is amazing, the best pictures you can take them from “la playa hermosa”  more »
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  • The road that leads to the volcano is in great condition. It can be said that this is one of the best national parks to access if you’re in San Jose, just an hour away. It’s recommended to visit the volcano as early as posible (it opens at 8:00 am), since the chance of enjoying a clear view of everything is greater early in the morning. Be prepared for the cold weather.
  • Great place to visit in Costa Rica. Easy to get there, specially if you have your own car. The volcano is beautiful and the place is well preserved. Be careful about the weather. You won't be able to see anything if you are in the middle of the fog. On the road you will have to drive very carefully because of the fog. You won't be able to see 20 meters ahead. But once you go through the fog. Then it is time to take picture as you see the sun above the fog or cloud.
  • It's really easy to get here... to the highest volcano in the country... to enjoy some great views on a clear day or a Sci-fi atmosphere in a misty day like it happened to me.
  • Its amazing place, great view if the Sun comes out. We went there late and it was cloudy and lots of fog. But within 5mins it clear up and had amazing view. Its cold and windy, maje sure you bring a warm jacket.
  • Long bus ride from San Jose but totally worth it! ~2600 crc. Park entry is $15 USD. You don't need long to visit this place as it's fairly small but certainly worth visiting. If you find yourself in the clouds enjoy the cool atmosphere and don't give up on it, we had the clouds lift in the last 15 mins of the visit and we were able to see the crator. Amazing!

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