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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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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Volcanos, Outdoors
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Type: National Parks, Volcanos, Outdoors
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Entrance is overprized. (=15USD) I would return if I ever become a Costa Rica citizen (which is unlikely). We went up with our own car so we had the chance to drive the scenic road back without visiting the "national park" so we had some nice and beautiful views of San Jose and its valley. Probably nice at sunset and... More 

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Calgary
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

We went early as the cloud cover comes up mid morning. We were able to see the whole crater with sunlight passing in and out through the clouds. The bright turquoise lake was steaming but we were able to get some shots. Bring wind jackets that double as rain jackets just in case. It is a cloud forest after all... More 

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Topeka, Kansas
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Unfortunately, I was unable to see the crater itself due to intense fog. That was a bummer, however the experience overall was a good one. My friend and I hired a private tour guide for only a bit more than a regular group tour would have been. He took us in his personal car. Along the way he presented a... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

They told us 70% of visitors who make the trek to the crater of the volcano can actually see the crater. We thought those were good odds but I guess we were wrong. Unfortunately it was very rainy and foggy by the time we made it to the top and we could not see anything at all. If you have... More 

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Bronx, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014 via mobile

I know it's a high altitude destination but we waited for a while hoping for a little sun and less clouds. The squirrels are not afraid of people and climb on you. Be prepared for cold rain,mist and wind. Souvenirs are expensive. The entrance is a bit much $15.00.

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Elizabeth, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

unfortunately when we were there there was lots of fog and even we waited , we could not see the crater, be careful if you suffer from respiratory diseases , the beginning of the climb takes your breath away , the roads are good, but lots of fog driving up , you have the chance to enter of leave depending... More 

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Montreal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

My advice would be to try to go if the weather is clear. Check out the web cam of the poas volcano here: http://www.ovsicori.una.ac.cr/index.phpoption=com_content&view=article&id=108&Itemid=103. We don't have a lot of time, this was the only day we could visit. Dress appropriately: running or walking shoes (we saw people in tongs and it was rainy and slippery) long sleeve or windbreaker... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Go early to beat the crowds. A really good place to start your Costa Rica vacation since it is only one hour north of San Jose!

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San Antonio, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This is the only crater in Costa Rica that you can actually look down into, so it's worth it for that, provided it is a nice day. The drive up was a little longer than I was expecting, but makes an easy day trip from San Jose.

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Boiling Springs, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We were able to see the volcano on a very clear day. This was an unbelieveable trip. Our hosts can tell you when the best day to visit will be.

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