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 Volcano
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
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
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
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 Volcano
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.