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Address: CR130, Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Phone Number:
2442-7041/ 2430-4127
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$63.00*
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Half- Day Trip to Poas Volcano from San Jose
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$64.00*
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Half-Day Tour to Poas Volcano from San Jose
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$71.11*
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Half-Day Trip to Poas Volcano from San Jose

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Early arrival rewarded

Trust us and the guide books: get there at, or not long after, the 8am opening time and you will maximise your chances of seeing the crater. Things looked good when we woke up to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
dnk1974
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Melbourn, United Kingdom
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Melbourn, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Trust us and the guide books: get there at, or not long after, the 8am opening time and you will maximise your chances of seeing the crater. Things looked good when we woke up to blue skies, but the clouds were already starting to gather when we parked up (with "help" from the moody attendant; it's $10 a head to... More 

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New Braunfels, Texas
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I am not a good person to review this as we have seen almost too many volcanoes by now. It is a good view to see inside the volcano and the white ash looking lake but the drive up to it is very curvy causing me to get motion sickness. It was very cold up there, take a jacket!!

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Vienna, Austria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

the entry is a shame, cause it was not possible to go the full way (60min) because they closed the way without any informations. The volcano was not visible because of the fog. the way their with public bus is easy and cheap.

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Thank Chris_Rath
St. Catharines, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I'm sure this review would be different if we'd gone on a clear day. To be fair, the fellow at the gate warned us before we paid that we probably would not see anything before we paid, but we had driven a distance and had a tight travel schedule, so we tried. It was a fairly steep entrance fee and... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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18 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

You park the car, walk a few minutes and you're already there. Might be disappointing if you expect/like to walk more. However you actually see the crater pretty well (it was a sunny day when we did it) and it is impressive. But get there early or you may wait a while in your car before being allowed to enter.... More 

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Palm Coast, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Truly a positive experience after the walk up to the volcano. The view was just spectacular and visible from the different levels and view points. Fun and enjoyable to see a great natural wonder of nature in person.

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Thank scooterbug42
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the Poas Volcano when we were in the area last month. The most important thing when planning a trip here is to get there early and be sure its not a cloudy day. We planned on taking the public bus up, but were discouraged by the locals because it didn't get there until later in the morning.... More 

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Eaton, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They say early morning is the best time to be able to see across the crater. The park opens at 8 am and we were there before 9. We did see short glimpses of the central lake and the rims during the hour or so we were there. It's rather expensive to get in and park, but we felt it... More 

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Phuket, Thailand
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4 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The 2/5 is actually for a helpful driver and the views to and from this "attraction". I had read about the fog that hid the view and we were there just before 10am, but saw NOTHING. Very disappointing. I can only assume that it is maybe better at other times of the year since the infrastructure and trails looked good.... More 

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Richmond, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Poas volcano is not too far away from the city of San Jose. I joined the half day tour from Costaricatour.com. The tour guide picked me up on time and its a comfortable and reliable ride. After arrived at the parking, you only need to walk about 600 m to see the first lagoon. It was a nice sunny day... More 

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