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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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Drive and nice park - expensive for Americans

We enjoyed the drive as much as the park. Warning that Americans pay 15$ to enter and residents just $4. This was a little annoying. We were traveling with locals. There is a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Pricey spot. Unfair prices between what they charge locals and what tourist have to pay. Not sure if it is even worth the $15. There is not much to do except walk a little and see the crater.

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Bakersfield, California
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

The price is now $20.00 for anyone not from Costa Rica. $4.00 for a local. I felt ripped off. I turned around. That's per person, not for the car. I guess you charge what people are wiling to pay. I was here 2 years ago and I don't think it's worth the price. Nice views on the way up, great... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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99 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We enjoyed the drive as much as the park. Warning that Americans pay 15$ to enter and residents just $4. This was a little annoying. We were traveling with locals. There is a little shop and area to picnic. It is a flat walk to old crater.

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Houston, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

It is a good Landmark to hit if you are in CR. The drive from Cartega is really awesome. It climbs up steep and you will get good view of local agriculture and farm land. At the top it is wide crater with nothing in it. If you have not seen a extinct volcano, you have it here. Nothing special... More 

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

a lunar crater with no water Inside, it hadn't rained enough when we were there, we just walked there and so a Coati family and a coyotte, thaty made the attraction, hopefully The road to arrive up there is beautiful with a lovely view over the clouds

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Although I would do this again, I would recommend you go early. We got there as the park was closing and ran fast to see the craters and barely made it in time before the clouds literally rolled in over us. The lake is no longer there. We did walk on the crater that is beside the walkway to the... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

The best part of it is that there are toilets. And I'm not joking. I took a 2 hour bus ride to the park. Bus itself was fairly cheap (8$ return, I think), but I almost got a heart attack arriving up there, when I was asked 15$ to get in! (guide book of 2013 said 7$). But then, things... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Enjoyed a hike on irazu this weekend the view is amazing and though we were unable to see ocean on a clear day one can see both pacific and Atlantic . It is cool but comfortable up here. The altitude though of 3500 meters can leave even healthy people short of breath Do not encourage the pisote ( raccoon like... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

If you are looking to do a volcano tour this is a good one. Bring long sleeves and pants b/c it is cold. It was clear when we went so we got to see the big crater. It was both awesome and unspectacular at the same time. Awesome b/c you are literally staring into a crater of a volcano. Unspectacular... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

The indigenous people who lived in this part of Costa Rica named this volcano Irazu which in their native language means "thundering mountain". Boy they were so right. This volcano has shown some temper issues over the years and many "golden citizens" remember the big eruptions that made this beautiful volcano famous. The park entrance requires a four wheel drive... More 

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Address: Costa Rica
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Cartago

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