Poas Volcano, Poas Volcano National Park

#5 of 59 in Parks in Province of Alajuela
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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  • Worth taking a look at this active volcano while driving through towards La Fortuna. After basic briefing a 5-10 minute walk takes you to the viewing area above the crater. Get tickets in advance.  more »
  • Despite the beautiful, sunny drive up to Poas it was too cloudy to see anything. We were disappointed but still had a nice walk and just used our imagination!  more »
  • Great volcano! Me and my friends went up there on april of 2017, and needless to say, bobby had never been hotter!
  • Really well run park. Staff was very friendly. Safety is most important since this is a active; volcano. We got lucky with weather the day we went we could see the entire crater.
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