(Editor’s Note – This original post from December 2009 has been updated to reflect current Costa Rica vacation details.)
Surrounded by lush tropical rainforests, Poás Volcano in Costa Rica is not only one of Costa Rica’s most important protected areas but it is also one of the most visited tourist attractions.
Poás Volcano actually has two craters and has also become a very popular attraction for international visitors and tourists. Poás Volcano National Park is also just a short scenic drive (within an hour) of San Jose so its close proximity attracts a lot of locals as well, who escape the city on weekends.
Quick Facts About Poás Volcano Facts
- The peak of Poás volcano rises to more than 8,000 feet above sea level
- Its two craters are bordered by lush tropical rainforests.
- The large crater has a large very acidic lake called Laguna Caliente.
- The larger crater is almost a mile across and over 900 feet deep with continuous geyser-like eruptions of sulphuric gas and steam, earning it the reputation as the largest geyser in the world.
- The second Poás Volcano crater is called Botos Lagoon and is much smaller.
- The smaller crater is inactive and holds a body of cold fresh water that feeds into two Costa Rica rivers.
- Poás Volcano is believed to be about 11 million years old.
- Poás had about a half a dozen eruptions over the past one hundred years including 1910, several between 1952 and 1954, 1989 and 2009.
Biodiversity of Poás Volcano National Park
The mountain, volcano activity and lagoons may be enough to draw many visitors, but Poás National Park offers travellers much more to see and enjoy.
The biodiversity of Costa Rica can be witnessed within the park’s four distinct natural habitats including:
- An area of little plant growth
- The world famous “stunted” (or dwarf) forest – a result of acid rain caused by the volcano
- An area dominated by Arrayans, a type of shrub or small tree similar to evergreens
- Escalonia Cloud Forest region, an lush tropical rainforest area that receives very little rain but experiences very high humidity because of the low lying clouds, fog and mists.
The best time to experience Poás Volcano and Poás Volcano National Park is early in the day before the clouds roll in and obscure the amazing views of this world famous tourist attraction.
A visit to Poás Volcano is included in Caravan Tour’s current Costa Rica itinerary.
Sustainable Tourism for Poás Volcano
Costa Rica is renowned for its biodiversity and for its commitment to sustainable Costa Rica Tourism. Poás Volcano National Park is an excellent example of how Costa Rica has embraced tourism with minimal intrusion of its many natural parks, wildlife refuges and biological reserves.
Costa Rica All Inclusive Tours – Includes Poás Volcano Tour
A morning visit to Poás Volcano crater and Escalonia Cloud Forest Trail inside Poás Volcano Costa Rica Poás Volcano National Park are part of Caravan Tours’ All Inclusive Natural Paradise Costa Rica Package Tours.
This is a fully escorted 9-day package tour exceptionally priced, considering all hotels, meals, activities, land transportation, and gratuities are included.
Visit Caravan’s Costa Rica tour reviews page to read what others have said about this all inclusive tour of Costa Rica or call 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826) to reserve your spot today.