Sunday, March 20, 2016

Sunday Travel Photo #74: Volcan Poa

Volcan Poas.  Costa Rica.  January 2015.

Overview of the Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

The Poas Volcano National Park is situated in Costa Rica. The area of the park is approximately 25 square miles 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 950 feet 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.

Top Attractions

The Botos Crater lake
The Botos Crater is one of the top attractions of Poas Volcano National Park. The Botos crater lake is actually an attractive green water lake having a dimension of almost 900 feet. The Lake flows straight down from the mountain and finished to the Sarapiqui River. For about 7,500 years, the Botos crater hasn't erupted yet.

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.

Flora & Fauna
The Poas Volcano National Park is the home of more than eighty bird species, such as black guans, sooty robins, great curassows, squirrel cuckoos, hummingbirds and so on. Baird's tapirs, rabbits, squirrels, and bats are rarely seen. Plants including royal broom zorrillos, orchids, and poor man's umbrellas are renowned for having the biggest  leaves of any plant in Costa Rica.

Green/Yellow lagoon
One of the most available active volcanoes on earth, a flat hiking trails remain in the park resulting in an incredible view of the 2nd-widest crater in the earth.  The beautiful green/yellow lagoon is located at the center of it. It is  the most acidic and largest volcanic lagoon on a planet which is nearly 1000 feet in depth.

How to get to the Poas Volcano National Park

You can reserve a tour bus online or from any hotels near San Jose to visit the Poas Volcano National Park. You can also visit the park by the public bus from San Jose which is the cheapest way. 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.  I rented a car at San Jose airport and drove up there.  


  1. WOW!!! it is very nice view i think it's real looking are also very and very nice. I do not know there have a nice place on Costa Rica before i see this post.

  2. Wow!!! It is amazing place on this world. Costa Rica is one of the best arias for visiting country. There have nicer place. Thank you for share this post.

  3. What an amazing sight!! God's creation is so beautiful. The place was very accommodating to my disabled mother and son. I am so appreciative that they were able to view the volcano!!

  4. Costa Rica has a many veritable aria. Volcan Poa is a one of them. The Botos Crater is one of the top attractions of Poas Volcano National Park. The Poas Volcano National Park is a long aria and looking amazing.

  5. modern visitors center (wheelchair accessible) and small museum explains and interprets the geothermal and ecological attractions in the park. A cafe serves coffee and hot drinks—as much to wrap your hands around to warm them as anything else—sandwiches, and snacks.

  6. Amazing stuff here! Great job Kate!!!

  7. Really looks big and nice, hopefully, no lava would come out of it during tourist visit.

  8. It really look nice as a tourist attraction, but would have been better if it can be turned to a waste or garbage burning area like an open incinerator .

  9. It is crystal clear that you are so passionate about travelling Kate. I cant believe you have been blogging about your travel adventures since 2010 and also, have gone to all these places within 7 years. Dont let your passion die, keep the fire burning Kate.

  10. The Poas Volcano National Park is the home of more than eighty bird species?????? there a zoo around there?

  11. Such a very big space that is.