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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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Recs: --Arrive at the 8 am opening time to have the best chance of having a view not obscured by clouds. Clouds often roll up from the Caribbean side by mid-morning. . --from... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Recs: --Arrive at the 8 am opening time to have the best chance of having a view not obscured by clouds. Clouds often roll up from the Caribbean side by mid-morning. . --from the parking lot, expect 400-ish m of gentle uphill walking oon sidewalk-smooth pavement, which will be either a stroll (for most) or a bit too long (a... More 

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Pasadena, Texas
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

I am sure the Poas volcano crater is beautiful however when I went to the top and looked down upon the crater, all I could see were clouds. It really depends heavily on the weather. I am sure I would have loved it if I had been able to see it.

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San Jose, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

It was a beautiful morning to go visit Poas, but when we got to the top, it was so foggy, I could only see the volcano for about 30 seconds when it lifted. Most of the time I spent pondering how cool it would be if I could see through the fog. But oh well, the gift shop was nice... More 

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Antioch, Illinois
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Check out the webcam so you can see for yourself that most likely AM is the best time to go. After that it is probably hit or miss. The view of the crater itself is amazing. Not something you get to be that close to often, if at all. I don't think many people take the hike to the other... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

There are different ways of going to the Volcano Poas. A lot of the tourist joins a tour company, then you will be going in a group with time constraint. I drove there, so there is more flexibilities, and you can get there earlier than the crowds and do not have to fight your photo spots. The volcano is active,... More 

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

With the sun shining this place will let you have a gentle stroll up to the crater rim to view the movie set which is the result of the most recent eruption while a more demanding 2k trek up through the trees to the older crater will reward you with a wonderful lake view. Not sure the same could be... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

It is a "dormant" volcano close to San Jose and worth the visit, especially if the crater is visible. The walk up to the lake was worth the effort to enjoy the beauty of the rain fed extinct crater. A perfect spot to start a visit to Costa Rica.

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Hartland, VT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Get there as early as possible - it opens at 8AM because by 10AM the crowds and clouds have arrived. The crater view is a short (uphill) walk from the entrance and many people don't go much further than it, but there are also interesting trails to do - we took our picnic lunch (there is a cafe as well)... More 

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Peachtree City, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We arrived at SJO in time to check into our hotel, rent a car and drive out to the Poas Volcano. Using our GPS we took the crowded route through Alajuela city center to the Poas Volcano NP Once out of the city the road was a beautiful winding scenic country road to the Volcano NP. The park closes at... More 

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Ottawa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Poas Volcano was the first site we saw in Costa Rica and it was certainly one of the more memorable. Though an active volcano, do not expect to see lava pouring from the crater. At the summit of Poas is a stunning blue pool of water surrounded by steam and sulphur rising up from underneath. For us, the day was... More 

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