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A trip to Poas Volcano is volcano exploration at its easiest! After one of the most pleasant a hour drives you may ever take, winding through beautiful countryside, coffee fields and farms, you will be only a 10 minutes walk from the crater.Click on [+info] for more information.

Poas Volcano in Costa Rica is a great day trip from San Jose but be aware it can be cool and windy at the summit. The crater is at an altitude of 8,900 feet and is 950 feet deep. Known as one the largest active craters in the world, with a diameter of 1 mile, Poas Volcano welcomes thousands of visitors every year. Its impressive geography makes Poas Volcano one of the most visited spots in Costa Rica.

At the bottom of what appears to be a lunar landscape is a simmering lake that changes colors depending on the mountain’s chemistry du jour. One more crater known as Botos lagoon is a beautiful cold green water lake with a diameter of 1,200 feet. Well marked trails will take you for a half hour hike to this scenic attraction, a picture perfect lake surrounded by lush forest.

Address (How to get there)

To get to Poas Volcano from the International Airport, go to the city of Alajuela. From there head north following the signs to Fraijanes, Poasito and Volcan Poás. . Please keep in mind for your own safety that, except for the main highways, most of these roads are winding, narrow and unfortunately a few are in bad condition. However, most of the drives are very scenic, which compensates for inconveniences.

Try Costa Rica Staff Comments

The park is open every day from 8 a.m. to 4 pm. Entrance fee is US $7. The highlight of this trip is to see the main crater. However clouds cover the crater later in the morning, therefore plan on an early start. Usually you can see from the distance if the volcano is clear.

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