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Explore Two Amazing Active Volcanoes With a Local
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Explore Two Amazing Active Volcanoes With a Local

By Adrian Gutierrez
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We will visit two of the most impressive active volcanoes in Costa Rica and the most historical city of Costa Rica on a full day of adventure and excitement experience in an authentic local way.
from
$127.00
per adult (price varies by group size)
from
$127.00
per adult (price varies by group size)

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Ages 12-100, max of 7 per group
Duration:
7–9 hours
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:
Mobile
English, Spanish


  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • We will take you nice photos on the best spots.
  • Bottled water
What's not included
  • We pretty recommend you to have a good breakfast before the departure otherwise we can stop for some fruits or snacks but we will no able to stop for a complete breakfast.
  • Guide tip
  • Traveling With a Local is an unique and flexibility experience, we prefer to give you the freedom of what to eat, we will take time for lunch together and recommend some places in base of your wishes.
  • Entrance Tickets (Irazu and Turrialba Volcanoes Entrance Tickets around $30 per person)
  • Entry/Admission - Irazu Volcano National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Turrialba Volcano


Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We pick you up in your hotel, hostel or Airbnb, I will set in advance the pick up time at your place, it could be any Hotel, Hostel or Airbnb in San Jose, Heredia, Alajuela or Cartago metropolitan areas.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 169001P2

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 169001P2

Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
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  • Pass by
    Ruinas Sanatorio Carlos Duran
  • 1
    Irazu Volcano National Park
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
    During the journey of approximately one hour we will observe beautiful natural landscapes and agricultural fields on the slopes of these brother volcanoes, to go to our first destination, the highest volcano in Costa Rica, the Irazú Volcano. After observing the main crater and walking around the different craters of this volcano surrounded by an amazing lunar landscape we will go to the restless Turrialba Volcano where we will observe his volcanic cone with its characteristic activity of gases and ash.
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    Pass by
    Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles
    Ruinas de Cartago
  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

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uchechia
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Amazing tour guide and friend
I had a great time with Adrian. He took me around CR for 4 days and it was great because he showed me many things y
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La pura vida in La Fortuna / Rio Celeste
I only spent 2 days with Adrian, but he made my trip unforgetable. His very respectful nature combined with a vast
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¡Pura vida! ¡I enjoyed CRisca with Adrian!
I spent 9 days with Adrian. I hadn't much time to discover all by myself Costa Rica (1 month in total) so I wanted
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Travel with a local
Adrian is by far one of the best travel guides I ever met. He knows the touristic as well as the non-touristic spot
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Amazing Experience with a New Friend
Exploring Costa Rica with Adrian was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! We visited a lesser known natu
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Shannon C
13 contributions
This was my favorite tour in Costa Rica!  It was a privilege to explore two very different volcanoes. Our guide, Alexander, was engaging, helpful, and informative.   He helped us create and capture the most unforgettable moments from our trip.
Follow the tour guide's advice and wear layers!  These guys know what they are doing and are ready to show you what they love most about their country! The changing mountain weather at multiple elevations had us soggy, foggy, sunburnt, frozen and windburnt by the end of the day. But what a day!

After pickup, we finally got an explanation on why there were so many people walking and riding in one direction outside of our downtown hotel that morning!  Apparently, our tour was scheduled at the same time as a major annual pilgrimage from the city center to the Basilica in Cartago.  Since millions of people come to San Jose for this pronation, we were not going to intrude to visit the Basilica.   Instead, Alexander wound us around the crowds to show us to a colonial church operating since the 1500's in Cartago. 

Next, we wound up the mountain roads into the dense cloud layer.   The roads were carved out of dense dripping jungle and rich terraced farmland.  We hiked to the base across private farmland exploring the results of old landslides, trees burned by gas clouds, and runoff rich with mineral oxidation.

The hike was moderately difficult‐ I wimped out only a few hundred feet from the highest point, but my husband and son didn't have a problem.  I got to wander around taking stunning pics in a level tree debris field and watched the guys climb the last rise. I was watching the dense clouds cover the peaks of Irazu on the opposite horizon while getting clear shots at Turrialba's peak.

However, when we made it back through jungle fog and over to Irazu, we were lucky to have (a freezing cold) wind pushing the clouds through the craters fast enough for perfect views.  The landscapes of the two areas were wildly different.  Here, we walked through fields of old ash sands ringed by two newer craters.  We drove up to the high point overlook for an even better sense of scale.  One side of the peak was nothing but the tops of clouds, and the other side was clear enough to see all the way to the Sarchi lake/ hydroelectric project. Frozen and elated, we made our way to great food and coffee to talk about everything we had seen.

We had a blast!
Written August 5, 2022
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Rachelle A
George, South Africa146 contributions
We book this event in February, unknown that things would change so much with the Carona virus in two months time. Despite some challenges, Adrian went out of his way to find us a guide in his place to take us to these volcanoes. Unfortunately due to the partial lockdown we could only visit Irazu volcano, which was very nice. David did his best to make up for the disappointment and really made our day memorable. Will recommend this event once it is possible again.
Written April 24, 2020
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Olívia P
3 contributions
This tour made my trip to Costa Rica!! I went to San Jose for work, and had only one day for tourism, and this was the perfect way of spending this single day off. Alexander, our guide, was great. He knows so much about Cartago, the volcanos, and Costa Rica, and you can tell how much he cares about the place and for the travelers too. I really liked the order that we did things (Cartago, Turrialba, Irazu), I thought it was good to do Turrialba first when we have the energy to do the hike up the volcano. This tour was one of the few that I saw that take you to Turrialba. The altitude on the hike can be a little rough but we all did it with a smile on our faces!! Alexander also knows the best spots for photos, and he became our photographer haha we were a group of four people traveling by ourselves, which was really nice because we ended up talking a lot to each other. I also really liked that it was a small group! Being picked up and dropped off at the AirBnb I was staying was definitely a plus.

I've always been fascinated by volcanoes, and this was absolutely the best way of fulfilling my dream of seeing not just one but two volcanoes! I highly recommend this tour! Thank you Alexander & crew :)
Written September 13, 2022
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TonyFio67
Englewood, NJ118 contributions
A truly wonderful and off-the-beaten path to see two volcanos, but Turrialba is really the highlight. While the vistas and views from Irazu are impressive, seeing the power and destruction of Turrialba up close is a one-of-a-kind experience. The fog and mist rolling off the mountain added a surreal touch. The visit to the basilica in Cartago gives some interesting history and local legend. If there’s time for coffee at the end of the day, that may be the best part! Adrian was Informative, professional and gave us as much time as we needed. Strongly recommend especially if you prefer something less commercial and out of the ordinary.
Written February 23, 2020
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Bikram Das
Highlands, NJ114 contributions
Although I booked for an English speaking guide, I was given a non fluent English speaker but the guide did his BEST to keep me engaged and take care of me through out the day. I do not know conversational Spanish so I personally felt the difficulty, as the previous night I had booked a walking tour and dinner where the guide was a fluent dual language speaker.

Now the crux:
Level of service - 4 stars. Guide Rady - 5 stars.
Price wise may seem a bit expensive at first glance BUT do check Uber drive cost. You would anyways spend $100 to and from the volcano, plus you get the tour of the cathedral, other historic sites, and a kind of mini city tour too.

Excellent choice in case you cannot to go Poas.
Written December 29, 2019
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GiuliannoMolina
Sao Paulo, SP100 contributions
My vulcon trip was amazing!! Everything was perfect.
My personal guide, Mr Adrian Granados was very polite, showing very good knowledge of the local place and the all stuuf within this journey. He speaks English, Spanish very well and understandable Portuguese also!
We started at 8:30, driving about 1:30h until the Irazu Volcano. It was about 3.420m above sea, too windy and cold sometimes, being a food ideia to bring sunblock, wearing an cold jacket.. The viewing is amazing and take photos as you can..
In clear days one can see the Atlantic ocean and in the opposite side the Pacific ocean!!
After this, we drove until the Turrialba volcano. It was pretty scary once I coukd see really rhe devastation occasioned by the Piroplastic erruption occured in the 50’s... the dead grove, houses ans installations abandoned... the polluted water also. The climate there change fast, with rain, sun, wind and hot at same time or in minutes apart.
Be prepared for that...
The more astonishing was to see the smoke that never end at the cume.. and the sulfor smell present at nearest location allowed..
So, I reccomend this trip with these guys.
Written November 6, 2019
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K-10
1 contribution
First time doing a booked experience, I highly recommend this experience as it was not only a scenic one but Adrian makes it an informative one aswell. you get a good bang for your buck! Couldn't ask for a better guide.
Written November 15, 2019
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Monica T
Siena, Italy5 contributions
What impressed me more was to walk so near the active volcano Turrialba; to step on the continuously settled ash and to observe the contrast between the green of the living grass and the grey of the effect of the eruption. Adrian’s knowledge of the place is a certainty. Let’s go to see with your own eyes!
Written October 13, 2019
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kerstinna
Hannover, Germany1 contribution
Solo
I went to the Vulcano for one day-an amazing experience! We arrived the evening before when it was already dark. Simply setting up our tent for the night was a great adventure. The nights there a pretty cold-so make sure to being a sweater. The next morning we had a great typical breakfast and then headed off for a walk through the volcanic area. The scenery is incredible!!! Adrian explained about the history of the area and the consequences of the eruption for the people living there. It was the perfect mix of nature and knowledge!
I definitely recommend it, especially because in this way you get an exclusive experience. We were walking separate away from the bigger groups and could absorbe the beautiful surroundings!
Written October 1, 2019
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Explore Two Amazing Active Volcanoes With a Local