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If you are staying in San Jose downtown, walking you can visit many tourist attractions such as: Museums, the National Theater which is a jewel of neoclassical architecture. You could also visit the Handicraft Market, located on the 6th Avenue between streets 5 and 7.

On central avenue you can visit the Central Market of San Jose, where you will learn more about Costa Rican traditions and culture.

At night you can have a romantic dinner or enjoy unforgettable moments with friends at the lookout Ram Luna Restaurant. From there you will have a spectacular view of the city.

Recommendations: If you are traveling by public bus, never lose sight of your luggage. If you are driving and need information on how to get to a destination, it is advisable to look for such information in businesses such as; Restaurants, hotels or gas station.

The weather at Irazú Volcano is very unstable.

If you are planning to visit the Irazú Volcano, it is important to take into consideration that the weather is very variable there, sometimes in the rainy season the fog makes it a little difficult to see the crater correctly. “It will not always be cloudy. “

It is important that you bring a coat because the temperature is almost always very cold. You could also bring some waterproof coat because it could rain. In summer time (December to April) there are more possibilities to enjoy the beautiful views from the irazu volcano. The dry season in Costa Rica is usually from (December to April) and the rainy season would be from (May to November).

Occasionally it might be completely cloudy and at any moment the sky clears having the opportunity to see the majestic crater of the Volcano. Or sometimes the sky is clear and in minutes it could be completely cloudy.

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Beautiful landscapes on the way to the Volcano Irazu

There is more chance to have good weather conditions in the mornings.

Observing the crater with a clear weather is an unforgettable experience, in addition to the journey to the volcano there are many majestic landscapes for which it is worth making the trip.

If you are booking a guided tour to Irazú Volcano because someone guarantees that the volcano will be clear. Please, do not believe it, because that is very difficult to predict.

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Fog in Irazu Volcano

The vegetation of the park is mostly páramo that has survived the ash eruptions and the acidity of the land. Once we get away from the crater you can see secondary forest.

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The vegetation of the Park

The wildlife in the Irazu Volcano is very scarce. One of the animals that frequent the national park and have become accustomed to humans are the coatis.

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Coatis at Irazú Volcano
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Coatis at Irazú Volcano

The Irazú Volcano is the highest active volcano in Costa Rica, with an altitude of 3,432 above sea level. It is very easy to visit from San José, there is access by road to the volcano. This beautiful volcano is a popular tourist spot in Costa Rica, visited by thousands of tourists every year.

You can see here the exact location of the Irazu Volcano on the map. https://goo.gl/maps/24767STWkZcMqKQx7

The Arenal Volcano National Park is located in the province of Alajuela. The park has as its main attractions the Arenal Volcano and the inactive Volcano Cerro Chato. (The Arenal Volcano has a height of 1,670 meters).

The last activity of the Arenal Volcano was in 1968. Prior to that date the Arenal Volcano was known as Cerro Arenal. But in July of that year the volcano generated an explosion, destroying the towns of Tabacon and Pueblo Nuevo, there were approximately 90 people dead.
Since then the volcano constantly emits gases and water vapor, in addition to some emission of explosions of pyroclastic materials and sometimes you hear strong rumbles.
Its frequent activity makes the Arenal Volcano the most active and famous in Costa Rica.

arenal volcano tourThe Arenal Volcano National Park is visited every year by thousands of tourists from around the world in search of Hotels many of which have hot springs and strategic points to observe the volcanic activity of the Arenal Volcano; in addition the area has a scenic beauty incomparable.

If you wish to travel by bus to La Fortuna and enjoy the beauties of the Arenal Volcano National Park. We recommend you visit the following link. http://www.terminal7-10.com/rutas-y-horarios/ There you can see information about bus schedules to La Fortuna. *Or if you prefer you could take one of the day tours that we offer from San Jose.

Important facts about the Arenal Volcano National Park.

Fauna

fortunaThe Arenal Volcano National Park has an extensive rainforest, besides a great fauna, among its main species of fauna we can find the tepezcuintle, the tapir; The white-faced monkeys, Congo and Colorado; The coati, sloths and the jaguar. Also live many species of birds; it is very common to observe some birds such as hummingbirds, quetzals, parrots, sergeants, parakeets, and brown magpie.

Flora

The flora that we can find in the park is very extensive but among the most popular we will find guayabo del monte, laurel, cocobolo, loquat, raft, guarumo, pylon and different species of palms, heliconias, orchids, ferns and bromeliads.

Reccomendations

If you wish to visit La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano National Park by bus, we recommend that you always be alert with your luggage. The trip from San Jose to La Fortuna can last 3 hours or more, depending on the traffic, some opportunists wait for you to sleep to steal your bags.

We recommend taking taxis properly identified. Or recommended by your hotel.

If you want information about what to do in Fortuna we recommend you to find it at the hotel where you will be staying.

Or you can visit our website; Arenal Park there we offer a great variety of activities that can be done in the area of La Fortuna.

In La Fortuna most business will accept cash, but if you want to exchange money, we recommend doing so at your hotel or at some of the banks you may find in La Fortuna.

Costa Rica’s volcanoes are covered mostly by forests and lush vegetation. These volcanoes are related to the collision or subduction of the Cocos and Caribbean plates.
Below is a summary of the most visited volcanoes in Costa Rica.

The Irazu VolcanoIrazu Volcano tour San Jose

It is an active stratovolcano located in the central volcanic mountain range of Costa Rica, is located about 32 km north of the city of Carthage and has an altitude of 3,432 meters. Being the highest volcano in Costa Rica. The temperature in the Irazu Volcano is Between -6 ° C to 17 ° C degrees.


How to get to the volcano Irazu?

Buses traveling to the Irazu Volcano, leave from San José, in front of the Hotel Costa Rica, Second Avenue.
There is a sign that says Volcan Irazu Route 307. Buses run Monday through Friday at 08:00 am, returning at 12:30 pm from the Irazu Volcano.

From Saturday to Sunday and holidays, the bus leaves San Jose at 8:00 am and returns from Irazu Volcano at 12:30 pm. The bus service is provided by the company Buses Metropolis, the route is approximately 54km (2 hours duracción) The bus stops in Cartago, then continues to the Volcan Irazu. For information please call: 2536-6052.
The cost of the bus is about $ 10 which includes round trip.


Entrance fee to Volcan Irazu National Park.

National and Residents 1,000 adults, 500 children.
Foreigners: $ 15 adults, $ 5 children.

Or you could take one of the day tours to the Irazu Volcano. Which includes pick-up at the hotel where you are staying within the area of San Jose.

The Turrialba volcano

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It is a volcanic cone located in the district of Santa Cruz, in the canton of Turrialba, Cartago. It is located in the Central Volcanic Range of Costa Rica, giving name to the Turrialba Volcano National Park. It has a height of 3340 m above sea level, the second highest volcano in Costa Rica, surpassed in height only by the Irazu Volcano.

The Poas Volcano

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Covers an area of approximately 65 km² (16,000 acres). It is the country’s oldest national park, founded on January 25, 1971. Its main attraction is the Poas Volcano, a stratovolcano and one of the most active volcanoes in Costa Rica d. It is located in the province of Alajuela, 45 km Northwest of San José, within the conservation area of the Cordillera Central. Also among its attractions are: An extensive cloud forest and Botos Lagoon which has a green color due to the amount of sulfuric acid in water. See more information about Poas Volcano here…

How to get from San Jose to Poas Volcano? Well you can take a public bus in TUASA bus terminal, which is located in front of the Church of La Merced in San Jose, to take you to the city of Alajuela.
From the TUASA station in Alajuela where the bus stops running from San Jose, you must walk 200 meters to the south, there take the bus that leaves at 09:00am to the Poas Volcano. The same bus returns at 2:00 pm from the volcano.

Or if you prefer you can take one of our daily tours to Poas Volcano, which include pick up service to and from the hotel where you are staying within the area of ​​San Jose.

The Miravalles Volcano

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It is a stratovolcano located in the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. It has several boilers that were formed as a result of several massive eruptions of pyroclastic flow between 0.6 and 1.5 million years ago. Its altitude is 2028 m.

The Rincón de la Vieja Volcano

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It is located in northwestern Costa Rica, in the province of Guanacaste. It has a height of 1,916 meters and the last eruption occurred in February 1998. At the cusp has at least nine eruptive openings. El Volcan Rincon de la Vieja is one of the active volcanoes of Costa Rica.

The Arenal Volcanocombo-tour

It is located in the province of Alajuela. (La Fortuna) has a height of 1,670 meters. The volcano is located within the Arenal Volcano National Park.
The last activity was in 1968. Since then constantly emits gases and water vapor, plus some explosions emission of pyroclastic materials and sometimes loud rumblings are heard. His frequent activity, make the Arenal volcano is the most active of Costa Rica and is one of the most visited national parks by thousands of tourists from around the world each year either for its thermal waters or for its scenic beauty.

Enjoy our one day trips to Arenal Volcano, the tour run every day from San Jose, with a minimum of 2 people,. If you walk alone and want to make this tour, contact us to verify occupancy.

Come visit and explore the Costa Rican volcanoes with us. We will be happy to help you make your holiday a success.

Poas Volcano National Park is one of the most active volcanoes in Costa Rica

half-day-poas-tourEruptive history of the Poas Volcano:

The Poas Volcano main crater is 290 meters (951 ft) deep and is quite active with frequent small geyser eruptions, the last major eruptions Were During 1952 and 1954. There are one more crater that make up part of the park, the Botos crater.
lagoon botos poasBotos lagoon is a beautiful crater with a green water lake with a diameter of 371 meters (1,200 ft).
The Botos crater has not erupted for 7,400 years acerca. Well-marked trails will take you to see the inactive crater, which is a beautiful scenery to take photographs.
Over the last decade there have been a number of Indications that the volcano is building up slowly towards a new eruption.
In January 2009 there was a earthquake of 6.1-magnitude, the Poas Volcano was near to the epicenter. At least 14 people killed.

The Volcano had a eruptive activity in 2009, involving minor phreatic eruptions and landslides Within the northern active crater, phreatic eruptions can produce ash fall, lahars and pyroclastic products.
Among the Poas Volcano volcanic activity it involves the formation of acid rain and by wind affects some communities located near the volcano. It could also pose a risk to park visitors and facilities near the volcano, if at any time the activity of the volcano reached the power of the eruption of 1910, which produced toxic gases and expulsion of material.

Flora:

Around the main crater and Botos lagoon, it is possible to observe abundate forest with twisted dwarf shrubs. Which is slow growing, with thin and stiff foliage, they are able to withstand temperature changes and the action of the volcanic materials as it is acid rain.

Among the abundant vegetation stand out: the epiphytes, the bush blossoms and orchids.
In the area of the visitor center, you can see the presence of high forest with trees such as orange blossom bush, chilemuelo, white cypress, cypress parrot, candelillo and tree ferns.

Fauna:

The presence of wildlife decreased significantly with hunting and deforestation, especially before the park was created in 1971. Currently in the park you can find mammals such as rabbits, coyotes, opossums, raccoons, squirrels, cats, skunks , spins, lazy pig. But in the higher parts of the national park it is not easy to observe mammals except squirrels, which are often sighted in the area of the viewpoint and the Botos lagoon. (It is not recommended to touch them, please keep a safe distance.)

In the park experts have identified more than 78 species of birds, among which predominate throated hummingbird fire, yigüirro, the kettle, the mozotillo, the quetzal, hawks, green toucanets, woodpeckers, among others. Also among the reptiles can be found several species of iguanas, amphibians like frogs, salamanders and toads, which are much more frequent around the Botos lagoon.

Weather:

December to February are the months when it is colder. The temperature ranges between 8 and 11 ° C, with rainfall between 4000 and 5000 mm. The National Park has annual rainfall between 2400 and 5000 mm, temperatures remain between 12 and 15 ° C.

How to get from San Jose to Volcan Poas? Well you can take a public bus to take you to the city of Alajuela, from the bus station where the bus stops running from San Jose, you must walk 200 meters to the south, there take the bus that leaves at 09 : 00am to Poas Volcano. The same bus returns at 2:00 pm from the volcano.

Or if you prefer you can take one of our daily tours to Poas Volcano, which include pick up service to and from the hotel where you are staying within the area of San Jose.

Manuel Antonio is one of the Costa Rica’s most visited National Parks

Biodiversity:

The diversity of wildlife on Manuel Antonio in its 6.83 km2 is unequaled with more than 100 species of mammals and more than 183 species of birds. Both Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth and Hoffmann’s Two-toed Sloth (perezosos) are a major feature, as are three of Costa Rica’s four monkey species — the Mantled Howler monkey, Central American Squirrel Monkey, and White-headed Capuchin monkey.

wildlife of manuel antonioIguanas, Green Iguana, Common Basilisk, White-nosed Coati and many snake and bat species are also common in the National Park.

The most common species of birds that can be observed in Manuel Antonio are: toucans, woodpeckers, potoos, motmots, tanagers, Turkey Vulture, parakeets and hawks. Dolphins can be observed there.

Among the activities you can do in Manuel Anotnio they are: Scuba diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking, mountain biking and hiking, as well as enjoy its white sand beaches and crystalline waters.

The park’s popularity has led to development of the surrounding areas, With environmental Impacts to nearby forests and beaches.

Around the Manuel Antonio National Park there are several hotels, restaurants and small shops selling local crafts, also has bus service to and from San Jose every day.

You can visit this wonderful park by taking a public bus from the city of Puntarenas, or from San Jose. Traveling by public from San Jose to Manuel Antonio, you need to buy the ticket on the bus station TRACOPA
If you are traveling from Puntarenas and Jaco, you should contact the following numbers for information about schedules. 2777 0743 or 2661 2462

You could also take a semi-private or private service transportation from other places like La Fortuna, Monteverde, Guanacaste, or from Limon.
Another service that many tourists prefer to explore the Manuel Antonio National Park, is renting a car. For information on rates of car rental companies, we may help you find more comfortable prices.

If you want something more comfortable, you could take day tours to Manuel Antonio, departing from San Jose.

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