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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  • The entrance fee its very high for what you get! Was not impressed by it. I would also suggest to check the weather or call ahead to see if the volcano is visible as it get foggy there. I would not co...  more »
  • is a long way to the top of this volcano, but on arrival, you take full eyes, the route signposted and secure allows to see the inside of the volcanoes with beauty water
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  • I will not comment on the price of the entrance as I had included in a one-day trip (Irazu-Cartago-Lankester). When we arrived, sun has just broken through the clouds so we we able to see the crater a...  more »
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  • Locals get in for $2.00, Anyone else pays $15.00 . That is pure robbery! That means 7.5 locals get in for 1 "foreigner".If we did that in North America tourism would shut down quick! I highly recommend telling everyone you know! Besides all that its just a dust Bowl hole in the ground! Nothing to see here but corruption! 5 thumbs down!
  • 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.
  • I don't know why people recommend this place. You pay a lot of money to be there and there is hardly anything to see. After half an hour you have seen everything and for that you pay 14 US $. Its definitely now worth the price.
  • Cool place to visit, get here as early as possible since clouds will spill into volcano crater and block view. Took a train from ‘Atlantic station’ in San Jose to Cartago 550€. Then a bus one block East of ‘National Museum’ for 2250€ at 9am. When you finally get up to the volcano there is a line of cars and buses as everyone is made to exit their vehicle, pay entrance fee $15. Then you get back in your vehicle, and go the remaining 2km to Irazu. The park itself is quite small, and there are no restaurants, only a small store that sells knock knacks, drinks, and snacks. Worth a day trip up here, you can snap some amazing shots. The last bus back to Cartago leaves at 3pm, don’t miss it. Bring some food and you can have a picnic at one of the many picnic tables. La Pura Vida!
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