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Irazu Volcano National Park
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Day Trip from San Jose to Irazu Volcano National Park, Cartago City and Orosi...
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Irazú Volcano Half-Day Tour from San Jose
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Day Trip to Irazu Volcano and Boat Ride on Sarapiqui River 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 November 11, 2013

Why everyone opts to go to Volcan Poas instead of Irazu, is beyond me. I suspect it's the presumed proximity of it to San Jose. Once upon a time there was a direct bus from San Jose to Poas but this is no longer the case, so now Irazu is actually closer. You take the bus somewhere in downtown, I can't remember exactly where but your hostel or hotel should be able to tell you. if I'm not mistaken it is across from Hotel Costa Rica, but double check. Anyway, the bus makes few stops and leaves at eight or shortly after and it is the only one for the day. It takes 2 hrs and drops you off at the park's parking lot. If I remember correctly, you're given two hours to see the craters which, trust me, is enough. It's a very short walk to the craters from the lot (about 10 min) and there's really no hiking in the surrounding area. The best part about Volcan Irazu is actually the ride there. Do yourself a favor and don't fall asleep on the bust. You'll be missing the best sites

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Reviewed October 7, 2013 via mobile

I had never done something like this and I loved it! It was very cold but amazingly beautiful. Every sight is very unique and there is even a higher spot where you can see everything around you. I enjoyed every moment of it and would do it again.

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Reviewed September 13, 2013 via mobile

I took a bus from San Jose (in front of the national theater, leaving at 8 a.m.) and the cost was around $5. After 2.5 hour drive we got to the national park where you need to pay $10 if u are foreigner. And it is not worth the price. It's just a crater, there is not even water inside, no smoke. It was just a crater. But if you decide to go anyways, go for a walk, continue the road the bus arrived, and after like 15min walking uphill you will get to a nice viewpoint, from which u can see both the craters. It is a high probabilty that it will be cloudy and you wont see anything when you arrive to the viewpoint, but wait for some 15min and there is a probability that the clouds will clear up and you will be able to see the view for a while. So dont give up easily. The bus is staying there for like 2 hours, leaving at 12.30. Honestly,there is not much to do for those 2hours. You are done after an one hour, so you can just chill. And dont forget a jacket, as it gets cold in there. But I personaly recoment Poas more than Irazu.

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Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

I thought this visit was really interesting for adults and kids. It is very different from the Poas Volcano but worth it! The kids loved it.
The "cute gatosolos" in the parking became very agresive when they smelled our bag Of cookies and fought for the bag and took them and ate them! (Leave your snacks in the car!)

2  Thank Moe P
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

The Irazu volcano is about 90-minute drive from San Jose. Our group left the city around 7:30, and beat the traffic on Saturday morning. On our way back, tourists started to arrive. The summit is about 3,432 meter, which is higher than the famous Chinese Buddhist Mountain Ermei. At the summit of the Ermei, I rented an overcoat like all other tourists did. But at Irazu almost 30 years later, I wore only a t-shirt, a short, and a sandal with a pair of socks. It was bit chilly, but was bearable. The crater looks big and barren, reminding me of the surface of the moon. The last time it erupted was in 1963 when President Kennedy visited. One interesting plant is abundant, and it is called the poor man’s umbrella. An animal crawled on a picnic table, either not fearing humans or being very hungry. It looks like a cross between an otter and a sloth. You can finish tour the volcano area within one hour. On our way down, we stopped at a shopping car, where locals sold local products like cheese and crepe. I created a photo opportunity by lying down on the thick, soft and pale grass on the roadside. Thin clouds drifted across the road near us. Overall, it was an unforgettable trip.

1  Thank abuben
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