Turrialba Volcano is an active volcano in central Costa Rica that has been explosively eruptive in recent years including 2016 and in January, March and April 2017. Visitors used to be able to hike down into the main crater, but increased volcanic activity in 2014-17, resulting in large clouds of volcanic ash, has caused the surrounding Turrialba Volcano National Park to close.The stratovolcano is 3340m high and is about 45 minutes from the Atlantic slope town of Turrialba. The summit has three craters, the largest of which has a diameter of 50m. Below the summit is a mountain range and montane forest, with ferns, bromeliads, lichens and mosses. Most of the forest is either primary or secondary forest.Turrialba is adjacent to Irazú and both are among Costa Rica's largest volcanoes. Turrialba has had at least five large explosive eruptions in last 3500 years. On clear days both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea can be seen from the summit.The volcano is named after its canton, Turrialba, in Costa Rica's Cartago Province. There is no clear consensus on the origin of the name Turrialba, but historians disagree with attempts to attribute the name to the patronym Torrealba (from Aragon in Spain) or from the Latin Turris alba (white tower). The general consensus is that Turrialba derives from the local Indian (Huetar language), but there is no agreement on its actual roots.Before you head to Cartago, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Cartago planner , to make sure you see all that Cartago has to offer, including Turrialba Volcano.
Tours to Turrialba Volcano
Between Cartago Volcanoes: Irazu and Turrialba (Private Tour) BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $110
Duration: 7 to 9 hours
Yoga and Waterfall Adventure Hike BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $115
Duration: 8 hours
Bike Tour and Waterfalls BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $115
Duration: 8 hours
Turrialba Volcano Reviews
We got lucky, we started early on the drive with photographer friends. Not a cloud in the sky and a spectacular "puffing eruption" on the horizon. That day the volcano belched giants puffs of ash ever... more »
As today...one of the most active volcanos inCosta Rica. Last week every day were some nice size eruptions. You can not drive to close to the volcano...maybe try to get to Santa Cruz de Turrialba...an... more »
Costa Rica’s Turrialba volcanic eruption in 2016 first expelled gaseous clouds of ash and mud, typically known as phreatic before being followed by strombolian eruptions, a milder blast which included Magnaflow. The incident went down as the largest blast in the country’s history preceded only by one other major eruption in 1866. Images and videos I shot date back to 2007 when the volcano had a 4x4 road all the way up and hicking paths to wander inside the crater.
Active Volcano, incredible and amazing place to go on vacation, it's easy to see how it was erupting ashes way to high to the sky 💓
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