Poas Volcano, Poas Volcano National Park

#5 of 59 in Parks in Province of Alajuela
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. Using our custom trip planner, Poas Volcano National Park attractions like Poas Volcano can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Not anywhere you can see a crater from a steaming active volcano... And here it is. Very interesting... even more so by the recent history of the volcano. Like everything in Costa Rica... you have to have a little luck with the weather to be able to enjoy it. We had it even though it seems to be the day before you couldn't see anything from the clouds. When we went they only let go to the viewpoint (not the lagoon) because of the recent activity... for safety. They limited exposure time to 20 minutes (by gases). It's a shame.
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  • Visit it and when I parked it started to rain and you could not go to the volcano since it was the last experience of the day towards the volcano but the rain did not stop, on the place they do not sell anything, there is no type of store, they are not prepared with layer or umbrella , only a helmet, after I had to pay for parking you also lose the tickets because you have to buy them before and separate the day and time, if you go to another hour or it happens to them like my family you lose all the money. They plan prepared with water, juices, food, layers and umbrella because the water does not warn and makes a waterproof coat cold.
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  • Best to check possibility to see the crater if weather allows. You are only allowed to wait around the crater for 20 minutes not long enough. Especially if the fog rolls in you will not be able to see anything. Time wasted when you could be elsewhere.
  • very warm welcome we didn't even have to walk they gave us a ride all the way to the active volcano look out in an ambulance that was stationed there we enjoyed it
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