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Poás Volcano is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Poás, Alajuela, Costa Rica that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length 2.9 mi Elevation gain 797 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Forest

Paved

Views

Wildlife

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This is a currently active volcano and sometimes closes due to activity. Please check with the park before visiting the area.

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Reviews (15)
Photos (7)
Recordings (4)
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Arnoldo Gomez
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Hiking

Nice hike, foggy at times but amazing when fog cleared and we saw the lake and vents, awesome!!!! Get out and Hike!

Rock S
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Hiking

The actual trail is closed due to prior volcanic activities. You can only go using the main road through the look out. Most of the time there is a fog covering the crater

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Laura Braden
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Hiking

The trails in the park are closed due to the volcano's activity. We had to park at the VIsitor's Center, get a hard hat and wlak along the road to the crater. It's an easy walk on paved ground. We couldn't see the crater due to fog, but I assume if you go on a clear day it is beautiful!

Kristen Henderson
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HikingClosed

Poas is an extremely amazing and active volcano and if that’s all you want to see, you should go for it. But it’s $15 per person to get in, you must pay online ahead of time and when you get to the park you only have 20 minutes to view the crater then 20 minutes to leave the park. We thought we would be able to do the hike to the lake while we were there but that was closed, along with the visitor center and cafe. It was sort of a ghost town and looked like the buildings hadn’t been occupied for some time. It was kind of disappointing and we honestly enjoyed the drive up there more than the park itself.

Nunya B.
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Hiking

Poas Volcano. knocked live volcano off bucket list (no liquid hot magma so that is still on there) have to pay ahead of time $15 per person on line.

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Craig S.
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Hiking

Views into the crater are hit or miss depending on the weather. if conditions are right, the view is spectacular. Even in bad weather, if you hang around the view point for a while, you might get a peekaboo view. When it is misting or rainy the hiking trails are right out of a fantasy novel.

Fabio Solano
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Hiking

Park is open now. Beautiful crater

Ana Patrascu
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Check before driving there as at the present time the National Park is closed for few months (some locals said it will be closed till April 2018 but the info is not verified)

Chuck Herrington
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Walking

Easy stroll up a paved walkway to the viewing area into the crater, past the visitor center (which has a restaurant and shop). The day we went was perfectly clear with great views into the crater to see it's venting activity (you get a sense of how large and powerful the eruption was to blow the top off of the volcano and create the crater)--but I've heard many folks who visit can't see the crater and it's activity due to dense clouds. Pretty steep entry price to get into the park if you're not a local, so can be very disappointing if you pay to get in and can't see anything. Nice learning exhibit on Costa Rica's volcanos in the Visitor's Center. For more difficulty, you can do a loop hike around a lake adjacent and above the crater.

Keith Lee
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Went to see on a clear day don't see many volcanoes and the acid lake They had improved the viewing stations also

Sergio Vargas
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Hiking
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Lyle Vust
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Hiking
Shana Anwaya
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Marta Matuz
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Eric Vilbs
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Walking