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Address: CR130 alajuela, costa rica, Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 2442-7041/ 2430-4127
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If you have never seen a volcano this is crazy beautiful! The trick is to go right when the park opens and to be patient. It was one of the most beautiful surreal places I have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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Chaska, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

If you have never seen a volcano this is crazy beautiful! The trick is to go right when the park opens and to be patient. It was one of the most beautiful surreal places I have ever seen. The crater lake is intoxicating, but the sulfur does start to get to you. Abide by the 20 minute rule.

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Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

We rented a car and drove up the mountain to the top of Poas. We went during 'green season' and you should be aware that you are taking a chance on not seeing anything. Of course the clouds were so thick we could not see the crater, however, the hiking through the cloud forest was stunning. The hike is about... More 

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

I wish I could give 5 stars but since it was very fogy we did not see the lake. However even thou it was pouring rain we still had a great time and enjoyed the walk.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

As an active volcano, the views here change every few minutes. When we arrived, after a nice drive through the Costa Rican countryside, the volcano was totally obscured. We could easily been disheartened after driving so far. However, with a little patience, the wind changes directions and you get great views of the volcano. Then they will go as quick... More 

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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I was in and out in under ½ hour. You walk on a wide trail filled with hordes of tourists to get to the vista, snap your picture and then turn around and leave. I regrettably stopped here on the way to La Fortuna and wasted a lot of time. The extra 1.5 hours it took to veer off the... More 

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Gold Canyon, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

What a beautiful place to tour on your own! The visitor's center is very informative, the gift shop is lovely & the staff ready to answer all your questions. The trail to hike to the crater is marvelous! Good work Costa Rica!

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Indianapolis
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We toured the volcano on a breezy day. Our hotel's proprietor told us we'd have a chance to see the crater and the beautiful lagoon as the cloud usually came and went when there was a steady breeze. We were lucky to see both and get beautiful photos. Don't skip the trail to the lagoon -- it's only a short... More 

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Pickens, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This is an easily accessible volcano around San Jose. Not very spectacular but worth the little drive to see it. Well established with loads of ticos to watch. We found it a relaxing little side trip from Alajuela.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Great place to visit when in Costa Rica, about 1.5 hours from San Jose. the drive up the mountain is a real treat, amazing to see how they live, the coffee plantations and the roads wind up the mountain. You have to be lucky to see the actual volcano as you are about 7500 feet up in the clouds, but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

If you want to see an active volcano in Costa Rica then you can always count on Poas! You just need to get there early in the morning before the clouds settle in. It can get chilly up there too so take extra clothing. Everyone I take there is impressed with Poas.

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Address: Address: CR130 alajuela, costa rica, Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 2442-7041/ 2430-4127
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Poas Volcano National Park

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