For years, visiting Poás Volcano has been a top highlight for many guests of Costa Rica tours by Caravan.
Located in the second most-visited national park in Costa Rica, Poas volcano enjoyed over 250,000 visitors each year. Visitors came from all over the world to marvel at the two craters of Poas volcano, which are bordered by lush tropical rainforests and rises more than 8,000 feet above sea level.
However, as of April 13, 2017 Poás Volcano National Park is closed to visitors due to increased volcanic activity. The park was only expected to remain closed for a couple of days but since subsequent violent eruptions on April 22 and again on June 6, 2017, Poás Volcano National Park is now closed indefinitely.
Damaged Poas Volcano Trails
The multiple violent volcanic eruptions of Poas volcano propelled hot rocks (some as large as 2 meters wide) into the air. They damaged parts of the dome around the volcanic crater plus some of the Poas Park trails and infrastructure such as fencing and water pipes. Emissions of sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide gases, plus other toxic vapors are also too dangerous to allow visitors at present.
Local authorities are closely monitoring the situation at the volcano’s crater as well as surrounding areas including Costa Rica’s capital San Jose, which is less than an hour Southeast of Poás Volcano.
No Opening Date As Yet
Scientists have yet to determine when it will be safe to re-open Poas Volcano National Park to visitors. Once the area is deemed safe from further volcanic activity, local officials will need to assess the damage and make any necessary repairs to the infrastructure before re-opening Poás Volcano National Park to the public.
Poás Volcano has only had about half a dozen eruptions in the last one hundred years or so. In 1989, Poás closed briefly for a minor eruption and closed several times again in 1995 due to lesser volcanic activity.
In light of these recent park closures, Caravan tour guests now visit the Wildlife Rescue Center and enjoy a guided coffee plantation tour as part of their fully guided, all inclusive Costa Rica tour.
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