Poas Volcano National Park - Costa Rica

Poas National Park is a national park with more visitors to Costa Rica. Because of its proximity is a popular destination for San Jose. Many tourists visit the volcano during their first or last day in Costa Rica.

The road passes through coffee plantations and small rustic restaurants. The park covers an area of 5600 hectares, the road to the crater is 300 meters and is wheelchair accessible.

The viewpoint is located at an altitude of 2700 meters. Below is a crater depth of 320 meters and a diameter of 1.5 km. For its diameter is one of the largest craters in the world and the largest in Costa Rica.


Basically, a blue-green lagoon, rich in sulfur and acids. Sulfur smoke leaves several cracks located in the crater. It is advisable to visit the park in the morning, visibility is often better at this time.

An additional attraction is the lake at Laguna Botos. On the trail of biodiversity functionality, high cloud forest, you can watch the hummingbirds and yigüiro, national bird of Costa Rica. There are birds the most exotic and colorful in Costa Rica, but is very common in the country.

Near the parking area is the information center with a model of the Poas Volcano. Major past eruptions were in 1910 and 1974.
There are trails where you can see the variety of plants and wildlife.

When the volcano more active than normal, the National Park is temporarily closed. This happened in 1989, 1994 and 2007.

After the earthquake of January 8Shopping, the park was closed until 20 January. The earthquake was 6, 2 degrees on the Richter scale.

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