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Irazu Volcano National Park

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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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ontario
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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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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Bournemouth
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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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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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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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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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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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Richfield, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

The views on the drive up were spectacular. The peak was above the clouds when we visited, so we couldn't see the land below the volcano. They say that on a clear day you can see both coasts of Costa Rica from up there, but we couldn't see much other than the crater, which was visible for a portion of... More 

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We decided to visit the Irazu Volcano on Friday Jan 2nd 2015 while driving from the La Paz Peace Garden to the Costa Rica Marriott for the final day of our trip to Costa Rica. As anyone who has driven in Costa Rica will know, you should always double the GPS-estimated time to travel around the country and as such... More 

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