Poas Volcano, Poas Volcano National Park

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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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  • A very nice and interesting visit to the volcano Poas in Costa Rica. The landscape is wonderful and the imposing of an active volcano. Very recommended visit
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  • Volcan Poas is a great day trip in the central valley. The main crater is amazing, and hiking through the cloud forest to the lagoon is beautiful.  more »
  • Got there and just like Irazu volcano the price of the entrance fee is $5 more than what it is on the internet. But the view is amazing. You have to come early to watch the lake surrounded the volcano...  more »
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  • I thought it was great. Easy access from San Jose by bus. You can make an easy day trip out of it.
  • Was very foggy the day we went. You'd probably have to stay about an hour before the clouds cleared up but we didn't have that much time to stay. Very cold up there. Wear warm clothes!
  • Great view of an old volcano & what an active one may look like. Check the weather or wait while you are there for the clouds to pass. Best to go on a clear day.
  • CLOSED. DO NOT ATTEMPT THE DRIVE.
  • A great place with excelente views. Check the climate before going

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