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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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53 reviews 53 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Paris, France
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49 reviews 49 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
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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
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 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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225 reviews 225 reviews
50 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 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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Los Angeles, California
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122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

Went with private tour by Odessa tours. Great way to see that part of valley. Volcano awesome but air rarified (10,000 feet up) no lake on bottom as in pics for years. Easy walking, clean facilities. Views of valley to ocean. Our driver braved pot holes to save us a 20 min uphill walk to viewpoint tower. Cartago basilica a... More

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117 reviews 117 reviews
59 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

My usual mantra - get there early as it tends to cloud over in the afternoons and the view goes. I went to the very top this time (it's my second visit) - go to the left after the entrance - right takes you down to the crater. Beware if you are driving the state of the road is pretty... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Long drive up the mountains. Make sure you brakes are good. Beautiful view. Not much to do other than look. Picnic tables, wild animals in the parking lot, and cold and windy because of the elevation. Take a jacket!

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