Costa Rica, straddling the tectonic plates of the Pacific and Caribbean, boasts 110 volcanoes, five of which are still active. It is possible to visit many of the volcanoes, both up close and from afar. Experience smoking calderas, rich vegetation, pyroclastic displays and picture perfect cones.
WHY VISIT THE VOLCANOES OF COSTA RICA
- Excellent wildlife and adventure opportunities for families
- Fascinating walks to the lava fields of Arenal Volcano
- Peer into the mouth of the largest active caldera volcano in the world, Poás.
- For the active, challenging hikes to summit Rincon de la Vieja volcano
- Witness first hand pyroclastic flows, geysers and mineral rich lakes
OUR SPECIALISTS 'MUST DO'
A visit to Tenorio volcano and the surrounding national park is a great option to avoid the crowds. Located in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, Tenorio is a smooth cone that stands 1,916 metres high and is characterised by the enchanting forests and hot springs nearby. Rio Celeste is a typical example of the volcanic activity in the region and its turquoise waters are a sight to behold.
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE VOLCANOES OF COSTA RICA
The most famous volcano of all is Arenal. Arenal has a picture perfect cone and until recently, was one of the most active volcanoes in the world. However, activity has declined of late and Seismologists suggest that Arenal is resting. However, its popularity has put the town of La Fortuna on the map and the surrounding area has become a hotspot for adventure holidays in Costa Rica. White water rafting, hot springs, canopy walkways, wildlife hikes, horse-riding, hanging bridges and zip-lining are all available, as well as a broad choice of accommodation.
Easily accessible from San Jose is Costa Rica’s largest and most active volcano; Poás. Almost a mile in diameter, the crater is the largest active crater in the world. Sulphuric pools bubble and geysers explode from deep within its belly. There are many hiking trails to explore and excellent bird watching can be had in the cloud forest that shrouds its slopes.
The tallest volcano in Costa Rica is Irazú. Standing proud at 3,432 metres, Irazú has several active craters. The smallest crater known as Diego de la Haya is a mineral rich lake that transforms its colour from emerald-green to crimson-red.
DID YOU KNOW?
The damming of Lake Arenal in 1974 flooded the local town. Its inhabitants were relocated to La Fortuna. It is said that on a very calm and clear day it is possible to see the roof tops of the old ghost town 27 metres below the surface of Lake Arenal.
WHEN TO GO
Costa Rica’s volcanoes can be visited year round. The best time is during the morning and through the driest months of the year from January to April. On a really clear day it is possible to see to both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans from Poás Volcano.