*Must See* in Costa Rica...
This is Poas Volcano!


Poas Volcano.

Now this is one attraction in Costa Rica, you've just got to see!

Poas Volcano Photograph
A Beautiful Day at Poas

Journey high amongst the clouds - some 2000+ meters up...

...and very soon enough - you'll have reached Laguna Caliente --- largest crater lake on the planet.

Measuring some 1,320 meters across (1.3 kilometers - just short of a mile)...

This 'hot lagoon' is also one of the most acidic - sometimes reaching a ph of absolute, zero.

In amongst a cloud forest - one that surrounds a second (yet dormant) crater, Lake Botos...

Poas Volcano Quetzyl
The Resplendent Quetzal

There's a chance to observe all sorts of wildlife - birds especially.

Tangers, hummingbirds, toucanets, and others - all call Poas home.

And yes, if you're really lucky... you might even spot one of the most sought-out species in all the Rich Coast...

The beautiful Resplendent Quetzal.

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And so it is, yet another adventure underway - here on the Rich Coast...

Please, do come along for the read!








The Drive to Poas Volcano

Rise and shine - we were all set for the 1.5 hour journey (depending of course, on how you drive) - up to Poas Volcano.

Poas Volcano Casa Antigua
Casa Antigua, in Alajuela

And yes, after saying goodbye to Henri of Casa Antigua - a cozy little Persian-style hotel in Alajuela...

Perfect location - being so close to the Juan Santamaria International Airport...

We were off!

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Hopping into a 4x4 SUV -- great decision when exploring Costa Rica...

Yet another Costa Rica Adventure, was underway.

A short drive through Alajuela, following the various "Volcan Poas" signs as we went...

It was just on the other side of town, where the ascent to the very top, began.

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And wow - what a beautiful drive it was...

Poas Volcano Dad
My Dad, Capturing the Beauty of the Central Valley

There were several occasions, where we just had to stop - excellent opportunities for some great shots of the Central Valley, and beyond.

Poas Volcano Mom
My Mom, in Front of Gunnera insignis

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Temperature steadily dropping as we climbed (bring warm clothes!)...

It was interesting to observe the transition in vegetation - both in kind, and lushness.

One plant in particular...

Gunnera insignis...

Is sure to catch your eye.

Nicknamed "The Poor Man's Umbrella" - this rhubarb-like species grows to enormous sizes, and is found primarily at these higher elevations, where the air is moister - perfect for germination.

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Do note - Poas National Park, doesn't open its gates until 8:00am (and it closes at 3:30pm).

On this particular day...

Poas Volcano Poas Lodge
Incredible Views, Pay a Visit to the Poas Lodge

...we made time to visit Mark and Oliver at the Poas Lodge - a hotel boasting some of the most beautiful views in the country.

Just down the road from the Park entrance, it's no doubt...

Poas Volcano Poas Lodge Views
Taking in the Views at the Poas Lodge...

...a gem.

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Well, as I'm sure you can guess - next up... it was off to what we'd been anticipating for some time...

Our ultimate destination awaited!




This is Poas Volcano

Through the front gate - 8:00am sharp - making our way past the Poas National Park Visitor Center...

Poas Volcano Blue
The Perfect Day for Poas

...we couldn't get over just how perfect, the weather was today - clear blue skies all around.

After paying the $10.00 entry fee - it was just a short walk further to Laguna Caliente...

Main attraction of Poas National Park.

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Some interesting facts about Poas Volcano...

Did you know?

  • The last time Poas erupted, was in 1954.

  • Water leaks from the lake, and into openings in the surrounding rock. When the pressure builds up - becoming too much... it bursts - sending the steam, rocketing - high up into the air.

  • Vegetation, miles downwind of Laguna Caliente - is discolored, twisted, and stunted - due to sulfuric gas, emitted from fumaroles (openings in the volcano) - leading to acid rain.

Interesting!

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Just about there, I was thinking back to a first-time trip - to the Poas Volcano... more than two years ago, from the time typing this.

Poas Volcano Mist
Waiting for the Mist to Clear

Upon arrival - all we could see...

Was nothing at all!

Mist had completely covered the crater.

And yes - this was around the same time of year as well...

January through April - best time to see the Poas Volcano.

Weather quite fickle this high up - we waited half an hour for the mist to clear...

...a wait that eventually - was well worth it!

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Do remember - on your next trip here, for a better chance to see the crater in clear view... be sure to arrive nice and early, no later than 10:00am.

And no, it probably doesn't hurt to give the Visitor Center a shout at (506) 2442-7041... 'heads up' on the type of conditions you can expect.

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Well on this particular day, the weather at Poas - was as perfect as could be...

Poas Volcano Right
Taking in the View, on a Beautiful Day at the Poas Volcano

...all in attendance - completely taken back.

Best described in the following photograph...

Poas Volcano
This is Poas Volcano - a Geothermal Wonder, in Costa Rica

...no way, was it anything short - of spectacular!

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What an amazing experience this was.

I really hope you enjoyed this page - and that you too - get to experience Poas Volcano in person.

By the way - the journey doesn't exactly end here! Just down the mountain - it's on to yet another incredible place... the La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

Check it out!

And yes - more adventures to come, here on the Rich Coast... see you again real soon!