Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
4.5
07:00 - 13:15
Monday
07:00 - 13:15
Tuesday
07:00 - 13:15
Wednesday
07:00 - 13:15
Thursday
07:00 - 13:15
Friday
07:00 - 13:15
Saturday
07:00 - 13:15
Sunday
07:00 - 13:15
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  • darcy v
    Oakland, California15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Foggy but other things were nice
    It's a little bit tricky to make the booking, but I was able to do so. I arrived over half an hour early and there was a line of cars. Once I got in, the walk to the crater lookout is about 15 minutes on a paved path with lots of ferns and gunnera plants, it's pleasant enough. At the mirador, there was a lot of fog. Because it was Monday, there weren't many people and I was able to wait around for over an hour without being pushed to move on. I had hoped that my patience would result in a crater view. Alas, it did not. But I met a lot of interesting people while I waited. Eventually I took the hike which is also paved/maintained. It's not steep but it feels steep because of the altitude. It goes through a beautiful mossy forest dripping with mist, lined with ferns, bromeliads, flowers, and wind-scultped trees. It's about 45 minutes and the hike drops you back out near the parking, so if you want to try again for the crater, it's another 15 minutes back up. I did go again and it was still not clear. I believe there is another trail which actually goes by the crater, but there was some construction happening that day, so it was not accessible, even though supposedly this trail is open again, so that was a disappointment and my reason for giving 3 stars. Anyway, the drive to the volcano is even quite nice, going through small rural towns, and at the upper elevations are lots of gift shops selling fresh strawberries, pickled vegetables, and cajeta, as well as some coffee farms. So the whole experience was quite nice even if I didn't get to experience the volcano at all.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 9 March 2023
  • Surrey 13
    London, United Kingdom1,139 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The views were spectacular
    We climbed up the fairly steep hill to the bottom of the crator, the weather was perfect , no cloud and clear. You could then climb the steps to the top and see inside the crator. The colours were spectacular and you could see plumbs of smoke from the active volcano. We worth a visit .
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 March 2023
  • Ann P
    Memphis, Tennessee54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Volcanoes are Awesome
    Beautiful view, easy walk. You must make a reservation online, and you will be turned away if you do not have a reservation. Even with a reservation, we had to wait in a line of cars to get in. We were running late, so I was worried that we would either not be able to get in, or would be too foggy to see the volcano, but everything turned out okay. While it was foggy when we arrived, it lifted soon and we were greeted with a beautiful view. It’s a nice stop on the way to La Fortuna from San Jose.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 April 2023
  • PaulaRuth
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the Highlights of My Trip
    Amazing, incredible experience. You're looking down into an active volcano! There's simply nothing else like it. Go early in the day; my guide said for every 5 visits, 3 have views so clouded over you can't see anything. Just spectacular, especially for nature or adventure lovers.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 April 2023
  • Jessy Munch
    Hillsboro, Oregon58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great first stop
    Poas Volcano was really beautiful and cool. It erupted last in 2017 and you could see where the lava burnt holes on the cement. Short walk up to the crater and the gift shop had lots in it and the coffee was good we bought from the snack bar. It’s crazy it’s at 8000 feet elevation. We got very lucky and the clouds weren’t blocking it. Parking was no problem just a line for about 15 minutes to pay and park. You do have to buy your ticket in advance. The drive up was a windy steep road.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 May 2023
  • Nishka M
    13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible even though we didn’t see the whole thing
    A bit disappointed as the crater was completely covered by clouds when we got there! We could only slightly see part of the rocks around the crater. We made a mistake by not coming earlier, as it’s possible the clouds might’ve not been covering it up at that time. However we did end up going on one of the hikes higher up and we got to see the lake right next to the crater, and it was beautiful and clear! If you do miss the crater this is a great option that will leave you satisfied! Also the hike up there is beautiful and you are completely engrained in the greenery which we loved.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 June 2023
  • Julie
    Trenton, Canada27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Poas Volcano is worth the visit
    This is one of my favourite craters to visit. There is a welcome center that explains the geology of the region. The hike is very easy on a paved road. The vegetation is beautiful, especially the Poor Man's Umbrella. The turquoise lagoon is spectacular. I have been three times to this crater and I would definitely go again.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Attila H
    220 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing tour....
    I have never seen an actual active volcano before but it was certainly worth the trip. I saw yellow sulfer, steam, amazing sights!!! It was pretty windy and chilly on the top of the mountain, and you do have to walk to get there (and back), but worth every step... enjoy!!!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 October 2023
  • skatetink06
    Royse City, Texas21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First Volcano
    Absolutely amazing!!! We went around 10:30 and saw some amazing, clear views of the caldera before the clouds started rolling in. It’s an easy walk to the volcano caldera. The signs saying the hike to the Lagoon is strenuous aren’t lying. It’s a mile steep uphill hike.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 October 2023
  • CSS
    Apex, North Carolina9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Come to see the Active Volcano!
    The view was amazing and the Poas Volcano is active. We could see some activity going on. At one point we could smell the sulfur dioxide. There are shelters if there is some eruption. Then there was hike to Lagoon, it said medium difficult trail. The view of the lagoon was good. Nothing much there apart from taking photos. We took the same trails we came through as they were now down hill.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 January 2024
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Cory C
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Visibility is by chance. We visited January 17th, 2024 and could see maybe 100 feet (so we could not see anything.) Just bad luck. We were also unprepared for the gale force winds and chill from being literally in the mist of the clouds. I failed to find a good source for weather forecasting at the park and suffered the consequences. The hike to the main viewing area is short, not steep (IMO) and on wide paved surfaces (which were quite wet but not unreasonably slippery, YMMV). We also took the short extra hike to the overlook of the inactive crater, Laguna Botos and could see; nothing. We took the alternate hiking path back down to the nature center and even it was paved (just a bit narrower.) We got tickets online ahead of time for $15 plus 13% tax each. I don't think it really matters what time you select for your pass. We were several hours later than the time listed on our passes and had no problem entering (it may have helped that we had a local driver/guide, but I can't say for sure.) We were there maybe an hour. Might have spent more time there if the weather/visibility had cooperated. This was the 2nd stop of our Doka Coffee Plantation/Poas Volcano/La Paz Waterfall Gardens tour day. Started in San Jose and ended in La Fortuna.
Written 13 February 2024
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ju
Postojna, Slovenia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Wow what an experience. Lots to see and so much to experience. One of life’s wonders. Short visit but well worth it. Lovely cafe and gift shop onsite and lots of great pics to take.
Written 11 February 2024
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Ramil
Houston, TX348 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
We went in November and it was completely covered by clouds to the point you couldn't see anything. I asked other tourists and they told me it is usually covered and one will be lucky to see the volcano. It felt like a tourist trap, having paid $80. Check weather and time of the year before booking.
Written 25 January 2024
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AnnetteAlb
Palm Coast, FL28 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
I will like to encourage anyone visiting the volcano to check the forecast before heading to the park.We were not able to see anything because of the fog.Wear a jacket and appropriate attire for cold and wet weather conditions.I was so excited to experience the view but sadly was all fog.
Written 24 January 2024
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CSS
Apex, NC9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The view was amazing and the Poas Volcano is active. We could see some activity going on. At one point we could smell the sulfur dioxide. There are shelters if there is some eruption. Then there was hike to Lagoon, it said medium difficult trail. The view of the lagoon was good. Nothing much there apart from taking photos. We took the same trails we came through as they were now down hill.
Written 5 January 2024
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skatetink06
Royse City, TX21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Absolutely amazing!!! We went around 10:30 and saw some amazing, clear views of the caldera before the clouds started rolling in. It’s an easy walk to the volcano caldera. The signs saying the hike to the Lagoon is strenuous aren’t lying. It’s a mile steep uphill hike.
Written 21 October 2023
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Sightseer21021198276
Fort Lauderdale, FL2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Beautiful Park, tremendous view from the viewing stand. there is a 10 minute hike to the viewing stand.
Written 2 October 2023
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Attila H
220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
I have never seen an actual active volcano before but it was certainly worth the trip. I saw yellow sulfer, steam, amazing sights!!! It was pretty windy and chilly on the top of the mountain, and you do have to walk to get there (and back), but worth every step... enjoy!!!
Written 1 October 2023
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Julie
Trenton, Canada27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
This is one of my favourite craters to visit. There is a welcome center that explains the geology of the region. The hike is very easy on a paved road. The vegetation is beautiful, especially the Poor Man's Umbrella. The turquoise lagoon is spectacular. I have been three times to this crater and I would definitely go again.
Written 26 July 2023
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Lau R
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Very rude and aggressive staff in the main entrance. They need to get training and respect tourists. Nice volcano view.
Written 7 July 2023
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