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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  • My favorite part of Poas Volcano was the lake view because it is very interesting its history and it is very beautiful. If you want to see the volcano's crater you have to check trough the live's... 
    My favorite part of Poas Volcano was the lake view because it is very interesting its history and it is very beautiful. If you want to see the volcano's crater you have to check trough the live's...  more »
  • Walking tour from the entrance, to the crater viewpoint, to the lake and back to the entrance. Not very difficult, still some physical shape is required. Incredible view to the crater, if you are... 
    Walking tour from the entrance, to the crater viewpoint, to the lake and back to the entrance. Not very difficult, still some physical shape is required. Incredible view to the crater, if you are...  more »
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  • Pretty nice trip from.San Jose. I recommend to visit in the morning so there is higher chance to have better view (without clouds). Count with approx 1hour for the whole visit - 10min video, 10min walk, 20min volcano, 10min walk.. even you are fast walker you cannot go by yourself but always in a group .. walking slowly :) it is pretty organized here 👌
  • Active volcano where you can go to the edge of the crater. Its allow only 50 people for 20minutes because ita still active volcano. You can park car quite near the volcano, but weather is little bit tricky. Mostly is cloudy and you nor see the crater. Still the feeling is amazing:)

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