Poas Volcano Park

costarican volcanoes

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.  

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

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.

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

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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.


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.


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.


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.