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This is volcano exploration at its easiest! After a winding 45-minute drive from Alajuela through scenic coffee fields, it’s just a 10-minute walk to the crater...Click on [+info] for more information.
This is volcano exploration at its easiest! After a winding 45-minutes drive from Alajuela through scenic coffee fields, it’s just a 10-minute walk up a well-marked path to the edge of the crater which is at 8,900 feet and is 950 feet deep. Known as one the largest active craters in the world with a diameter of 1 mile, the Poas Volcano National Park welcomes thousands of visitors every year. Its impressive geography makes this place one of the most visited spots in Costa Rica.
At the bottom of the volcano's 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 one hour hike to this attraction, a perfect picture lake surrounded by lush forest.
Insider Tip: Many of the tour operators include a combination of Volcan Poas, Sarchi (town filled with woodcrafts) and a stop at a coffee plantation for lunch. Sarchi is a great little town in the mountains where they are famous for hand crafted wood products, including the famous "carretas" (carts). These are small replicas of old traditional oxcarts, modified to be wine bars and other interesting things. The carts are painted with traditional Costa Rica designs.
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 the inconveniences.
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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