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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 5, 2015
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Paris, France
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

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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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

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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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

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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Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
6 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
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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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Costa Rica
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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
24 helpful votes 24 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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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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Address: Address: Costa Rica
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Cartago

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