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Poás Volcano National Park feed

Park Attractions




PoásVolcano is one of Costa Rica’s active volcanoes,  with frequent small geyser and lava eruptions. The last major eruptions were from 1952 to 1954. The colorful summit craters comprise a popular attraction, and are accessible by vehicle.

The 2,708 meter strato volcano lies within two vast calderas. The southernmost of two summit crater lakes, Botos, is cold and clear, and last erupted about 7,500 years ago. The other is warm and acidic and has been the site of frequent eruptions since the first was reported in 1828. Eruptions often feature geyser-like ejections of lake water.


 Approx. 16,000 acres 
Max. Elevation
 8,900' above sea level
Temperature   45ºF - 70ºF 
 140 inches annual average

 Alajuela Province, 40 miles N

of San José

Date of Creation
 25 Jan 1971


Park Facilities and Hours

The visitors’ center is open from 8am to 4 pm. Park entrance fee: $10.00 per person. It has a cafeteria, souvenir shop, and auditorium. A self guided trail system winds through the cloud forest to Botos Lake.


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