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Address: Costa Rica
Activities: Mountain biking
Description: This park is centered around the largest volcano in the country, which has...
This park is centered around the largest volcano in the country, which has a surprising moon-like landscape.
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To get to Irazu National Park you have to take a very long trip up the mountains so be sure you're car is up to that. Irazu is over 3400 m high, so if you're travelling on foot or... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2015
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Province of Heredia, Costa Rica
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

I came here just to explore, but there isn't much to see up there. There was no water in the crater and all you see is big hole. You can go up to another place, which is like an abandon look out building you can get a better view. Still not much to see. It is very cold so take... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

great opportunity to see the monsters volcano and the exploding Turrialba volcano next to it !! El salto ecolodge is a great place to stay while expolring the area!

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ontario
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I went there for the crater lake but didn't see it. According to the staff, very few visitors have seen the lagoon during the last couple of years. Irazu is actually the highest volcano in Costa Rica with beautiful sea of clouds and great view in sunny days. However, if you would like to see the crater lagoon, visit Poas... More 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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71 reviews 71 reviews
26 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Irazu is one of those "must see" attractions in Costa Rica. We were lucky enough to visit the volcano summit with near perfect weather conditions: only partially clouded. The trip to the summit takes a while. It is some 30 km of winding roads which takes the best part of an hour to complete. Once up there you will be... More 

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Bournemouth
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Firstly, there is no lake. That ONLY exists in the wet season and no one visits in the wet season, so the pictures you see on the adverts, you will ONLY see on the adverts. Basically, if you go in the dry season, it looks like a quarry. If that's what you want to see, go to your local quarry... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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131 reviews 131 reviews
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

There is no lagoon/lake at the bottom so you drive a long way and you look down and see dry ground. It is chilly at the top and the views below are very nice if you go on a clear day. And it is cool to say you were on the top of the highest volcano in Costa Rica but... More 

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We were lucky that the day we visited the volcano park the clouds did not roll in until just before we were going to leave. Advice go early morning. The volcano basin was dry which is not typical. The views are absolutely stunning of the volcano, rim, and of Cartago ... and if you have never been above the clouds... More 

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Noosa Heads
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

I can understand the mixed reviews as it looks to me to be completely weather related. If you have a great day like we had you have amazing views over the clouds and it is certainly not cold. The crater is huge and the views are fantastic. We thought that it was going to be cloudy but we drove through... More 

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Poznan, Poland
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40 reviews 40 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

To get to Irazu National Park you have to take a very long trip up the mountains so be sure you're car is up to that. Irazu is over 3400 m high, so if you're travelling on foot or by bike take the thin air into consideration. The entrance fee for a foreigner was 15$ or 8,000 colones in February... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

A trip to Costa Rica is incomplete without visiting a volcano. Irazu looms above the countryside as you drive from San Jose through Cartago and beyond. As you rise in elevation the last thing you think of is steaming tropical jungles. The air is "frescita" and one could almost imagine the views were from Switzerland, with small orderly farms everywhere... More 

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