Land where the force of nature meets the freshness of the clouds, this is Poas Volcano National Park.

As an active 2,708-metre (8,885 ft) stratovolcano, not only does it have one of the largest active craters in the world but is also located in the forests of Costa Rica’s central mountain range, which is known for its magnificent natural landscapes.

There are two crater lakes near the summit. The northern lake is known as Laguna Caliente (hot lagoon) and it is one of the world’s most acidic lakes.

Lake Botos, the southern lake, fills an inactive crater, which last erupted in 7500 BC. It is cold and clear, and is surrounded by a cloud forest within the national park boundaries.

Poas has erupted 40 times since 1828, including April 2017 when visitors and residents were evacuated. The volcano and surrounding park were closed for nearly 17 months, with a 2.5 kilometer safety perimeter established around the erupting crater. The park reopened in September of 2018 with limited access only to the crater observation area and requiring a previous reservation to be made on the national park website. Adjacent trails to Lake Botos as well as the museum at the visitor center remained closed. The volcano erupted briefly twice in September 2019, no major damage was caused.

-Price: $250 for private roundtrip transportation only for up to 4 people. Every extra person above 4 pays $20. To this, you must add the cost for entrance fees to the volcano, $15 per adult and $5 per child (2-12 years old).

-Days of operation: everyday. Email us to check availability.

-Duration: approximately 6-8 hours from pickup to drop off.

-What to bring: pants, jacket, comfortable shoes (sneakers, no flip flops!), sunscreen, bug spray, camera, umbrella or raincoat. The weather can change very fast so we strongly recommend to be prepared for the cold and the rain.

-Restrictions: not recommended for people with walking difficulties as there’s hiking involved. Families with children are welcomed but this is not the best activity for children who are too young or may be affected by the rapidly changing weather.

-Includes: private transportation to and from the hotel. Entrance fees to the volcano and lunch are not included in the price but a lunch stop is contemplated in the time frame at no extra cost.

Important information about prices and weather conditions:

The entrance fees to the volcano must be purchased by the tour operator in advance, they cannot be bought on site. Price are $15 per adult and $5 per child (2-12 years old).

Visitors are only allowed to stay at the crater for around 20 minutes and the trails to Lake Botos are curretly closed.

Pikotravel cannot control or predict the weather so there is no way of knowing how this will unfold until you arrive on site. Conditions vary from sunny and clear to rainy and foggy, really quickly. Please consider this before making your reservation and during your tour.

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