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“Irazu Volcano”

Irazu Volcano National Park
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Irazú Volcano Half-Day Tour from San Jose
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Owner description: This park is centered around the largest volcano in the country, which has a surprising moon-like landscape.
Reviewed February 17, 2013

Visited on the 13th of Feb 13. Cloudy day to see this attraction but was well worth the drive up this volcano. Didn't see a lot from the top but the trip up we saw all the kids in school uniforms on the way to school...some of them walking a long way :) very cute to see so many kids in uniform so well behaved and so well groomed. Something out of the movies to see in real life. We even saw an oxen pulling a single tine plow through a field like we had jumped back a hundred years. The altitude leaves you a little oxygen starved but not much walking at the top.

Thank WarrenCWade
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

It is definitely worth the trip but on the Sunday afternoon we went there was about a two hour wait in line on a to lane road. The park closes at 330 pm so you need to get there early for two reasons. One is that you will avoid the traffic and two - the peak can become obscured with clouds later in the day. It as a gorgeous day for us and it is well worth the trip. Take a jacked because at 11,500 it can be chilly. There are several restaurants along the road serving local cuisine. There is also bathrooms and a snack shop/gift shop at the peak.

1  Thank captric1
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

If you're gonna go here - the views from the ride up there is nice; the vulcano is far from interesting. Entry fee is 10$ like most of the national parks and better spent somewhere else

3  Thank robbiedebobbie1987
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

Often cloud covered and always cold it remains one of the best trips because of the slow mountainous assent and the views.of the valley below.

Thank kbincostarica
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

We tried to get out early to see Irazu, wrapping up our breakfast in Escazu around 8:30am, but after we checked the weather for the day, we learned that it would be rainy and cloudy for most of the morning. However, there was supposed to be a break in the rain from 10:00-11:00am.

And so that is the time we planned to arrive at the park. As we made the 45 minute drive from Escazu and began driving the looping roads to Irazu, more and more fog was present. We were starting to get disappointed about seeing the craters.

Early in the week, we had visited the Poas volcano and were disappointed by a fogged over crater.

So we were nervous about our trip to Irazu.

BUT, when we arrived, it was still cloudy and checking in, the park ranger said it would be iffy if we'd see anything and we were given the choice not to pay and head back or go forth. We went ahead.

We took the unpaved and crater-filled road to the observation station. You get to that by staying straight on the road instead of turning right to the paved part.

We parked, got out and saw a completely fog-filled crater. We could see NOTHING. It was windy as all heck too - though we were prepared with jackets. We decided to wait in the car. And we did. We waited, we got out, looked, got back in the car and waiting some more.

Some strong winds came by, a little sun was seen and we said - "this is it." We ran out to the lookout point and we saw a clear open crater. It was beautiful.

Later, we went down the paved road to where the bathrooms were and the other observation area. It wasn't as impressive as the unpaved road view. FYI, while we did see some cars make the drive on the unpaved road, we definitely think having an SUV is a must - otherwise you risk damaging your car.

Anyway, great journey - go see it, but be prepared to be patient. The payoff is worth it. Unlike Poas though, there are not forests to hike in the meantime. So you're just kind of hanging out in your car. We didn't mind. It was for only 20 minutes or so before we got the clear view.

Good volcano hunting!

Thank laneia
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