The Poás Volcano, located in the Central Valley of Costa Rica about forty kilometers from the capital San José, is one of the most active volcanoes in the country, and also one of the most visited.
It measures 2,705 meters and consists of 3 craters, one of which is known to be one of the largest in the world.
The other two are filled with water and form lakes, the first is filled with cold water and the second is an acid lake with the colors of a celestial blue.
Recently, the volcano Poás entered a strong period of activity and toxic vapors as well as sulfur emanate from this crater: These emanations are possibly dangerous and can also modify the aspect of the volcano, as for example the colors of the lake water. It is advisable to go to the Poás volcano in the morning – the park opens every day at 8am – to have a better view of the craters. Indeed, if the weather is cloudy, there will be a lot of clouds and visibility will not be good. You can find out about the weather before entering the park but during the dry season, between December and April, the sky is often blue and clear and you are unlikely to be faced with this problem.
Close to the Poás volcano are two other very interesting attractions, La Paz Waterfall Garden and Doka Plantation. La Paz Park is less than 30 minutes’ drive from Poás Volcano.
You can admire 5 very impressive waterfalls, the highest of which: the cascade of La Paz which gave its name to the park.
To access these waterfalls you will just follow the marked trails, a course of 3.5 kilometers in total. Once down the path, you can go back in the opposite direction for the bravest, otherwise it is possible to take a shuttle. Within the park are also a papillonnière with many Morphos, these large butterflies of deep blue emblematic of Costa Rica, a serpentarium, and a tropical garden with many hummingbirds. There is also a restaurant on site if you want to have lunch there. The Doka plantation is a coffee plantation where, if you wish, a guide can teach you all the steps of the preparation of the coffee since the picking of the grains.
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