Sunday, January 4, 2015

Volcan Poas, Costa Rica


The Poas Volcano National Park was established in 1971.  It is an active composite volcano with a conical shape located in Costa Rica, Central America.

From Jaco to Poas.  2.5 hr drive.


The area of the park is approximately 65 square kilometers and  the peak is 8900 ft. The volcano is located in the Central Volcanic Conservation Region situated in the Alajuela Province. The main crater of Poas Volcano National Park is 290 meters deep and it's also pretty active with typical lava eruptions and small geyser. Two additional craters make-up areas of the Poas Volcano National park, the first crater is extinct Von Frantzuis  and another is the Botos crater. The park is often shut down to visitors due to sulfuric gas emissions.
















The national park has a great variety of bird species and mammals like shrews, weasels, squirrels, porcupines and rabbits, as well as flora species like Poor man's umbrella, tree-shaped ferns, and among others.


You will find 3 notable trails in the Poas Volcano National Park. Crater Trail is usually a 2,460 foot long  way to the main crater. The Botos Lake Trail is actually a 1 / 2 mile long trail. The 30-minute hike finished at a beautiful picnic spot.




Poorman's umbrella trail

Admission is $15 per person for non Costa Rican residents.  Plus $3 or 1500 colones for parking.  
The park is located on National Route no.2 San Jose - Alajuela.

You can also visit the park by the public bus from San Jose. There are two buses goes to the park. One is a private bus departs from Parque La Merced and the other is a TUASA bus leaves from Avenida 2.

On my way from Volcan Poas to Jaco



Hahaha!






To date, I have visited 28 National Parks, and counting!


“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”  -Joshua J. Marine

25 comments:

  1. Wow:Great Pictures.I didn't expect Costa Rica to have such great locations.I will visit soon.

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    1. Costa Rica has beautiful volcanos. Hope you'll make it soon!

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  2. You are a good photographer. Volcan Poas looks very beautiful.I want to go to Costa Rica in February of 2015. I am looking to rent a place for a month, any suggestions as to which town would be friendly to my needs here?

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    1. Check airbnb! Hostels are so cheap in Costa Rica. One month in Costa Rica sounds wonderful!

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  3. We visited Volcan Poas as part of a Caravan Tour of Costa Rica. You have to walk about 1/3 mile to the top of the volcano but it was worth it. The elevation at the summit is almost 8,900 feet which can be an issue if you have breathing problems; which some of our group experienced. The day was clear and we got an amazing view of the inside of the crater. The wind was blowing the sulferous gases away from us so very little smell. The view from the top is amazing especially if the weather cooperates. Would recommend this.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your experience! Poas Volcano NP is a must-see in Costa Rica.

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  4. truly amazing Kate. can't believe you went there alone.

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    1. (: Costa Rica is a safe country for solo travelers.

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  5. Really heart touching place and so beautiful place for travel
    I want to travel this place and i like it..........

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  7. i have been to this site 3 time and i can say that the most interesting place is the walk through the park. there are better volcano than this one. Just my thought!!

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    1. Poas is probably not the best volcano in Central America but it should be on every traveler's bucket list.

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  8. speechless Kate, you know how to rock

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  9. I wonder if those sweet little animals in the woods like the squirrels know they are surrounded by such beauty or if they are immune to the setting as it is part of their daily life. I don't think that I would ever get over the amazing look of this place.

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  10. LaShara3/31/2015

    What a beautiful landscape with all the lush green foilage and grasslands! It must have been so peaceful there, just hanging out and admiring the beauty of nature. So lucky to have seen this in person. I will look forward to seeing it for myself. :)

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