We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Costa Rica
Phone Number: 22688091
Website
Improve this listing
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.

read more
Book ahead on Viator
Recommended
More Info
$99*
and up
Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley and Lankester
More Info
$90*
and up
Whitewater Rafting on the Chirripó River from San Jose

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 287 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 113
    Excellent
  • 107
    Very good
  • 41
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Nothing like walking around on an Active Volcano

Volcano Irazu is classified Active, although there is no outward indications. You can walk around on the black sands and see the resulting crater from previous eruptions. Nice... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 16, 2015
Hugh S
,
Austin
Add Photo Write a Review

287 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Barrie, Canada
Level Contributor
58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The drive up the switchback road through the mountainous countryside itself is well worth the trip, but once you get there, wow! The views looking down into the crater of a volcano really are something to see. Drive up to the upper lever for even more amazing views. On a clear day you can see her sister volcano, Turrialba, smoking... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank CanaTico
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is so magical, especially for someone from a country without volcanoes (Australia) and it rises above the clouds that blanket the Central Valley. You can walk on a crater which has an area of natural regeneration, meaning there is grass growing in the crater now. If you drive there, use the main road. Don't let Google tell you... More 

Helpful?
Thank Scott S
Level Contributor
4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best place ever!! It takes a while to get up there like an hour just to climb the mountain in a car but you will enjoy every bit of it. The hills are full of beauty. You might want to leave really early to be the first people to get in, parking is limited and they will let you in... More 

Helpful?
Thank Eva B
Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica
Level Contributor
30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The park has specatcular views of the crater and countryside. Get there early before the clouds roll in and block your view. The park does not have many trails for hiking, so you will not need a lot of time for your visit.

Helpful?
Thank K8errm24
Cahuita, Costa Rica
Level Contributor
12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

The drive to up the mountain to the volcano is spectacular; filled with picturesque farm lands, grazing cows and rolling hills. As you arrive in the parking lot you will be greeted by Pizotes related to racoons. They are very cute but beg for food so don't feed them. There is a cement path that leads to the view of... More 

Helpful?
Thank Cahuitainf o
Austin
Level Contributor
161 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Volcano Irazu is classified Active, although there is no outward indications. You can walk around on the black sands and see the resulting crater from previous eruptions. Nice way to spend a couple of hours in the Countryside and see rural Costa Rica on the way to this National Park. You may wish to take a light jacket with you... More 

Helpful?
Thank Hugh S
San Jose, Costa Rica
Level Contributor
10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

We visited this gorgeous volcano with friends and family. Our kids range from 10 to 16 and everyone loved it. The trip up the volcano is peaceful, not scary drop offs, and there are several great restaurants on the way. This is a fun 1/2 day adventure or an all-day trekking excursion-you choose! The day we went was a cool... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank GidgetontheGo
Level Contributor
14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015 via mobile

Went today with my husband. We enjoyed look in at the craters. I wish that there had been more information posted, but it was a really cool experience. My husband is Costa Rican and I have residency, so we did not have to pay the $15 that foreigners pay, but less. I think while it is expensive, if you are... More 

Helpful?
Thank Kayla V
Kronberg im Taunus, Germany
Level Contributor
40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

Park fee is USD 15 per person (used to be 10 USD according to 2015 Frommer's Costa Rica, so apparently 50% price hike), and what you get for this is close to nothing. Only short walking paths, almost no park infrastructure.

Helpful?
1 Thank LordRawdon
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

Ok. So i was fully excited to go see my first volcano. First of all, you get there in bus, a pretty long but nice trip. You get to the entrance, and there was a very big deception : the fee. It was 8400 colones per person to see the volcano. I didnt believe it when she told me that.... More 

Helpful?
3 Thank Maxime R

Travelers who viewed Irazu Volcano National Park also viewed

Poas Volcano National Park, Province of Alajuela
Vara Blanca, Province of Alajuela
 
Arenal Volcano National Park, Province of Alajuela
Orosi, Province of Cartago
 

Been to Irazu Volcano National Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Irazu Volcano National Park and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Irazu Volcano National Park staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?