Volcán Poás National Park

Poasito, Costa Rica

    
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Poás volcano is a powerful symbol of the geothermal forces that formed Costa Rica. When the mist and clouds part you\'ll see the sulfuric, bubbling, green rain fed lake at the bottom, surrounded by smoke and steam rising from fumaroles. Water from the lake is constantly seeping through cracks in the hot rock, evaporating and building pockets of steam. When the pressure in these pockets exceeds the weight of the water above, the steam breaks through in geysers that rocket up to 820 feet (250 meters) high. Don\'t worry about getting a shower though, the crater is 1,050 feet (320 meters) deep. At almost a mile (1.6 km) across it\'s also the largest active crater in the world.

Poás is active, but don\'t expect to see a full fledged eruption or even any lava flow here, the most recent period of eruptive activity ended in 1954. The last major activity was in 1910 when nearly a million tons of ash was ejected along with an immense column of smoke and steam.

A modern visitors center (wheelchair accessible) and small museum explains and interprets the geothermal and ecological attractions in the park. A cafe serves coffee and hot drinks—as much to wrap your hands around to warm them as anything else—sandwiches, and snacks.

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Nearby Hotels & Lodges

Peace Lodge
Villa Calas
Xandari Resort and Spa
Villa Pacandé


The nearest town is Poasito, 7.2 km away and Terminal Tobias Bolaños Airport airport is 30.6 km.

Please note that distances for nearby hotels, attractions, activites & other points of interest are in a straight line. Distances by road may be significantly longer!

The approximate gps map coordinates of Volcán Poás National Park are latitude 10.2176, longitude -84.2322. (exact GPS coordinates are accurate to within a few meters, gps data labeled approximate is within a few hundred meters)