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Poas Volcano

Address: CR130 alajuela, costa rica, Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 2442-7041/ 2430-4127
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Poas Volcano, Doka Coffee Estate and Sarchi Arts...
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Volcanos, Nature & Parks
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Type: National Parks, Volcanos, Nature & Parks
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Poas was an excellent part of our holiday. The array of animals was delightful, and we got to hold a toucan!! I could've stayed in the Hummingbird garden all day, I couldnt believe how close you could get, how many there were or how beautiful. The food was excellent (As it was throughout Costa Rica) and the walk back past... More 

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Antibes, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The Poas Volcano has two magnificent volcano lakes set amongst the cloud forest of the Continental Divide. Unfortunately, cloud forests mean lots of clouds, so you have to be pretty lucky to actually see the lakes. Our driver would not say how often you could see it, but it was certainly well below fifty percent of the time. However, the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We came on a day that could be cloudy or clear. Unfortunately the live cam was not working that morning not sure why. Make sure to check that live cam to decide if it is worth it. We tried going up anyways but when we got to the park entrance we were already fearig it would be too cloudy. We... More 

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Montreal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We visited Volcán Poás NP primarily as part of a birding holiday (see review of Poás Lodge and Restaurant). The best birds we saw, with only a few exceptions, were actually found outside the park on the "radio tower road" that starts just outside the stone gate. In part, this was probably because of timing: we visited the actual park... More 

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We took an organized trip to the Poás Volcano on Thursday Jan 1st 2015 in conjunction with a Doka Coffee Plantation tour (see separate review) arranged by the La Paz Peace Garden. While our guide was fabulous and the day extremely memorable the visit to the volcano was very disappointing simply due to the weather. Even though we visited in... More 

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Lynnwood, WA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Poas was our tour group's first official stop on our week-long trek around Costa Rica. While the walk up to the crater rim was pleasant enough, it was socked in with clouds and the view of the crater was a no-show. Similar with the side trail to the (supposedly) beautiful lake-filled crater just down from crater rim. That walk was... More 

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Saarbrucken
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Having one day, this is about 2 hours up the mountain. Nice restaurants on the way and nice drive overall. In the park there is a train for 1 - 1.5 hour walk. Viewpoint on the volcano. Walk through the rain forest.

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

arrived on a rainy cloudy day and saw only a wall of fog. Still, nice walk to the lookout, even in the rain. Beware the altitude, 8000 ft., could be a problem for folks with health problems. Take it slow. If you do feel affected, there's a nice coffee shop to rest. Under the coffee shop a small display shows... More 

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Brno, Czech Republic
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Actually, the volcano is wonderfull - we had a clear view to the crater, which is amazing. However, paying 15$ p.p. + 3$ for parking is way too much for what you get: The park is really small - there is a single 600m-long trail (or 'road' would be a better word) leading from the parking lot to the crater... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Waited for the clouds to lift to see the blue lake volcano. It erupted two week later. Don't forget to try the Volcano Strawberries sold on the side of the road!!!

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