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Address: CR130, Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 2442-7041/ 2430-4127
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Up close and personal with a volcano!

Poas is a tricky tourist location. It is often cloud covered - and even if you get there early there is no guarantee that you will be able to see the crater. We snuck in quick... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Jenny L
Galveston, Indiana, United States
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Galveston, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Poas is a tricky tourist location. It is often cloud covered - and even if you get there early there is no guarantee that you will be able to see the crater. We snuck in quick peak before the clouds rolled in and covered it up. It is a short hike and an awesome view of the crater of a... More 

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Stamford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Poas Volcano is about an hours drive north of Alajuela. The park opens at 8am and you want to get there right when they open. Best viewing times are early in the morning before any weather rolls in. For non-locals, it costs $15 to enter plus a $3 parking fee (charged at separate windows). It's a bit of a... More 

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Stockbridge, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I lucked out and was able to view the crater the day I was there. The tour guide could tell by the way the clouds were when we left San Jose, that we had a good chance of seeing the crater. Once we got to the park, we hurried (as much as one can going up hill) to the crater.... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It had been a really long time since I'd been here, but I finally made it back a couple of weeks ago. There is a $15 USD entrance fee for international visitors (pretty standard at national parks in CR - note that ticos pay a much lower rate!) This is a really cool park - and about as accessible as... More 

Thank Erin B
Godalming, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Reading other recent TA reviews, it sounds as though the active crater rim of Poas is often shrouded in clouds. Thanks to the efficiency of our guide Mario - and jet-lag - we were at the crater rim, after the short breathless walk from the car park, very early in the morning and in perfect conditions. The terraced viewpoints offer... More 

Thank AndrewMorris53
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Even we couldn't see the crater from the volcano cus it was kinda raining and too cloudy the walk we did was so great. It felt breathing that pure air and it was very cold. We saw squirrels and they were so friendly. Totally recommended and dont get too disappointed if you're not able to see the crater

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We hiked up to the volcano rim where we waited for a few (about 10) and the clouds miraculously cleared for about 3 minutes. That was enough time to enjoy the crater which was full of water that was obviously very hot due to the steam arising from the crater depths. When the clouds reappeared, so did a light drizzle.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our visit. We arrived later in the day but had a clear view. It is about 1/2 mile walk from the parking lot, mostly uphill. Wear comfortable shoes. I thought the entrance fee was a little steep for what is there. Basically, just a view, yet interesting if you have never seen something like this before.

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San Antonio, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had heard from many locals that many people who go to Poas Volcano never get to see the caldera or crater at the top as it is covered in clouds much of the time. We arrived just before noon and it took another 45 mins to get to the top. When we reached the edge of the crater, it... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its an impressive site, although once you have hiked(an easy walk up the driveway mostly) there isn't much you can do other than view the crater from a series of platforms high above the crater. Be aware it can be cold, especially as mountain top winds blow cloud through the crater.

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