Irazu Volcano National Park, Province of Cartago

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Visit Irazu Volcano National Park and drive to the top of Costa Rica’s tallest active volcano. The summit allows views of the volcano’s main crater, with views of the surrounding mountainous landscape. Visit the secondary crater, Diego de la Haya, to view its mineral-rich lake. The areas around the crater are barren, giving visitors the feeling of being in an alien landscape. With more than 2,023 hectares (5,000 acres) in the national park, it is home to montane forests and animal life including armadillos, owls, foxes, and a variety of birds. Using our custom trip planner, Province of Cartago attractions like Irazu Volcano National Park can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Just a short 1.5 hour drive from central San Jose, if you like nature and beautiful scenery this is a must do excursion!! The drive to the top is scenic overlooking green rolling hills at every turn. ...  more »
  • Great trip to San Jose. It Is 1:30 hrs from San José. We Went on Micro bus from contracted company, with a very considerate guide that explained a lot about the volcano and Costa Rica. We made 2 stops, one at the highest point of the volcano, at 3422 MTS altitude to take panoramic photos, and another stop next to the crater. Anyway a very interesting and different ride. It's Worth it.
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  • It can’t be missed, a must visit! It’s a treat for people of all ages. Be sure to carry warm cloths, it gets windy and usually due to altitude, it’s remains cold. Best time to visit is before noon. There are two craters where mineral rich water can be observed. The view point is accessible from outside which is a little climb from car parking else you can stroll along the barricades to view the volcanos.
  • A must-see. We loved it. We almost didn't go because many reviews said they only allowed you to be at the peak for 15 to 20 minutes, and that it was too pricey, overcrowded and that there wasn't much to be seen, but we found all of those statements to be false. It's 15 dollars to get in, you can stay as long as you wish, it's so large I found it find it hard to believe it would be overcrowded (we were there in high season), and the views are incredible (see pictures). The only warning I would give is: don't go on a cloudy day, because that would probably impair your view of the volcano.
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