Travel Experta’s Interesting Facts – Poas Volcano National Park

Where is it?

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Alajuela Province, 55 km from San Jose and 37 km north of Alajuela

How big is it?

16,000 acres

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Did you know?

  • Thanks to amazing craters, spectacular views, and easy access, Poas Volcano is the most popular national park in Costa Rica, with over 250,000 visitors yearly. Less than two hours outside of San Jose, this park will please everyone. It is wheelchair accessible with well paved trails and roads where you will have no trouble looking down the second widest crater in the world (9/10 of a mile). It is also the most accessible volcano in the world!
  • Poas is one of five active volcanoes of Costa Rica, be careful, you might just be around when it puffs out some hot air and sends up huge ash clouds into the air.
  • Amazing flora can be found here due to the high altitude and acid rains generated by the volcano. One in particular is called the “poor man’s umbrella plan”t.Their huge leaves are over 3 feet in diameter.
  • Don’t forget to check out the largest volcanic lagoon in the world with its aquamarine waters and almost 1000 feet deep.
  • Only one of three craters at Poas is active, one of the others has transformed into a cold-water lake, Laguna Botas, which flows down the mountain feeding the Sarapiqui River.
  • There are many day tours combined with coffee plantation tours, butterfly gardens, and La Paz waterfall that you can join.

Nearby Attractions

  • La Paz Waterfalls – part of the La Paz nature park which is also a wildlife refuge with an enormous butterfly garden and serpentarium.

Weather

Annual Rainfall: 140 inches
Temp: 45 °F – 70 °F

Activities

  • Super easy, wheel-chair accessible hiking
  • Bird watching
  • Camping is not permitted

Trails

There are three easy trails:

  • Crater Trail (750 mt.) leads you to the lookout point of the main crater.
  • Botos Lake Trail (1 Km) winds thru the cloud forest to Laguna Botos – a cold-water lake occupying an extinct volcano crater. It also brings you to a great picnic spot.
  • Want to try the least traveled path? Beginning at the picnic grounds is Escalonia Trail (1 Km).

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Wildlife

  • Over 80 species of birds
  • Sooty robins
  • Black guans
  • The resplendent quetzal
  • Toucans
  • Flame-throated warblers
  • Squirrel
  • Cuckoos
  • Great curassows
  • Purple-throated mountain gems
  • Golden-hooded tanagers
  • Hummingbirds
  • Baird’s tapirs
  • Coyotes
  • Squirrels
  • Rabbits
  • Bats

Flora

  • Banderita espanola orchids
  • Royal broom zorrillos
  • Poor man’s umbrellas (largest leaves of any Costa Rican Plant)

Recommendations

  • Best time to visit is early morning when the clouds are just rolling in. However, even if it’s cloudy, you might get lucky and the clouds will clear up.
  • The dry season (December through April) is when crater visibility is most consistent.
  • It’s chilly up here, bring a light jacket / sweater.
  • Weekdays are less crowded.

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About Marina Kuperman Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 10+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

2 Responses to Travel Experta’s Interesting Facts – Poas Volcano National Park

  1. I’ve been there. It is spectacular. Costa Rica is truly pure beauty.
    I will be back. Here’s to Pura Vida!

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