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Irazu Volcano National Park

Costa Rica
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Volcanos
Activities: Mountain biking
Description: This park is centered around the largest volcano in the country, which has a surprising moon-like landscape.
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Boca Raton, Florida
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219 reviews 219 reviews
108 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I drove a rented car up to this volcano, the peak of which reaches 11,260 feet above sea level. There were scattered clouds around and below the summit of this stratovolcano. It is an active volcano that has often erupted in historic times, fortunately not while I was there. I used the encounter to get some exercise and did quite... More

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Orlando, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This is a full day experience and very varied. One begins by visiting the Irazu Volcano at more than 11,000 above sea level. You can see the clouds below you. The volcano is the highest active volcano in Costa Rica. Then we visited the Lankaster Botanical Gdns-interesting. Then we visited the town of Orisi. We then went to have a... More

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Weaverville, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

It could have been great. Weather looked good but we ended up in heavy fog, rain and wind. Couldn't see far into the crater but at least we could tell it was a volcano. The drive up was beautiful. It's a trip worth taking.

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70 reviews 70 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Visited in June 2014 and lake dried up, but worth the trip. Went through tour group which was helpful because explained history, geology, etc. A group from Florida thought it was cold and bought sweatshirts at the gift shop, but those from Northern states will find it tad windy but not cold. I'd recommend a windbreaker and pants (vs. Shorts).... More

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This volcano is worth the visit - big black crater, impressive! Sadly the lake has gone due to the dry season (2014) but it's still breathtaking. Not much education, look up geology and tourist info before you go. Don't expect to learn too much - no rangers or guides - but it's worth it. You basically walk free around this... More

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Santiago, Chile
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55 reviews 55 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

the cheapest way to go it the bus but you arrive between 10 and 11 am. You have to leave the place by 2pm and the price of the visit is 10$. Because there is a lot of smoke and the fences are really far from the inside of the volcano there's not much to see. Not must-see but good... More

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

I visited the volcano on holly week, and it was very clear and shinny. But after midday it was cloudy. Avoid the high post because the road is only for 4x4 vehicules. It is a shame. Use sun block because even it is cold, the sun burns a lot.

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Heredia, Costa Rica
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

The view from Irazu Volcano is stunning! This is a perfect one day-picnic trip. Watch out for the Raccoons... They would try to steal your food! Bonus points if you draw something with volcanic rocks :)

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Heredia, Costa Rica
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

A beautiful place with great accessibility the view is just wonderful and it is really close to the city

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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231 reviews 231 reviews
50 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Entrance costs $10 (unless you are from Costa Rica) per person, which we felt was too much for what you get. The road up to the top view point has the biggest holes I've ever seen. Surely they have enough money to redo that short section of road. The view of the crater is nice, but there are much better... More

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