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Poas Volcano National Park
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park

Free admission
Open daily
Highway 126, Poasito, 4050

The Basics

Poas Volcano makes for a thrilling day-trip destination from San Jose, as tours regularly depart from the city for the volcano and often combine a visit with other popular Costa Rica activities such as white-water rafting, coffee plantation tours, or a stop at the La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

There, admire the mile-long (1.6-kilometer-long) crater home to the deep, rain-fed Botos Lagoon and dotted with smoking fumaroles—a view most will find accessible via the paved trail. Two slightly longer hikes offer incredible opportunities to spot wildlife like hummingbirds, wildflowers, and the elusive quetzal.

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Poas Volcano National Park Half day tour from San Jose
Poas Volcano National Park Half day tour from San Jose
$99.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Beyond expectations
The tour was amazing and beyond our expectations! Our guide took us to many places on the way to the volcano (coffee field, wine and cheese tasting) and had a lot of knowledge to share about Costa Rica. We had a great time and the tour lasted for about 5 hours
Dana_l, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in San Jose

star-5
Great trip to Poas Volcano
Michelle_F, Aug 2021
Poas Volcano National Park - Admission Ticket (Foreigners Only)
Great experience. All park associates were kind and considerate of our lack of fluent Spanish. Park Ranger spoke exceptional English. The drive was longer than expected due to traffic. Due to unfamiliar 2 lane, very curvy roads and heavy rains I would say that driving is for the very experienced. I would consider a tour and let someone else drive if I visited again. Was well worth the experience!
star-5
Great Tour
JohnWesley_M, May 2021
Poas Volcano National Park Half day tour from San Jose
We had a great tour with Oscar. Although the volcano was cloud covered we enjoyed the informative tour. I’m glad we booked if.
star-5
Perfect
Tomas, Feb 2021
Poas Volcano National Park - Admission Ticket (Foreigners Only)
Very nice experience. The employees of the Natural Park is awesome and friendly. Good choice for us.
star-5
A place not to be missed
David_M, Mar 2020
Poas Volcano National Park Half day tour from San Jose
Very good tour. Knowledge of guide, Oskar was very good and the place is magnificent. The day was very good planned, the time just suitable, long enough.
star-4
Viewing Poas Volcano
Lawrence_S, Feb 2020
Poas Volcano National Park - Admission Ticket (Foreigners Only)
Seeing POAS was perfect....no clouds. Obtaining the tickets was very tedias but the experience at Poas was great
star-4
Beautiful drive.
Paul_M, Feb 2020
Poas Volcano National Park Half day tour from San Jose
Armando was a very professional driver, I felt comfortable the whole trip. It was nice to be a passenger instead of driving myself so that I could take in all the scenery from San Jose' to the volcano.
star-5
Stay for the views
jayb77, Jan 2020
Poas Volcano National Park - Admission Ticket (Foreigners Only)
It’s a million dollar view The sunsets are amazing and if you wake up at night in your super cozy bed look out the window at the lights in the valley and the stars Then be prepared for an awesome breakfast The hosts Mathew and Leah are awesome
star-5
Super!
Dariusz_W, Sep 2019
Poas Volcano National Park Half day tour from San Jose
very interesting trip, unfortunately it was a cloudy day and there was not much seen. On the way to the volcano visit a coffee plantation. The guide very interesting talking about Costa Rica.
star-5
Beautiful Day!
George_M, Apr 2019
Poas Volcano National Park - Admission Ticket (Foreigners Only)
This was a great day for Poas. Beautiful clear day. The service was very good and the park personal were extremely helpful. The attendance was not great so we had easy in and out.
star-4
Poas tour
Alan_W, Jan 2019
Poas Volcano National Park - Admission Ticket (Foreigners Only)
It was nice they shuttle us old people up in the ambulance. Too bad there were clouds blocking the view.
star-5
View into an active volcano’s crater!!!!
Rocky_M, Mar 2020
Poas Volcano National Park Half day tour from San Jose
This is a must see experience while visiting San Jose. It is an active volcano, at our visit in February, the park just reopened after a two year closure due to an eruption. Entrance into the park is limited. You or your tour group MUST have a timed reservation. You will be required to wear a helmet, be escorted in a small group by a guide and only allowed at the top for 20 minutes. (Plenty of time) An ambulance type vehicle can transport the handicapped to the top. ALL concessions, and facilities except for restrooms at the entrance station are closed. No concessions or restrooms at the top. The view into the crater may be clouded over! Best to go early in the morning (by 9) and check the website and webcam for weather. If there are clouds... you will not see inside the crater! Or get your money back! If it is clear, the view is awesome! There are steam vents located around the crater’s lake that spew steam across the water and into the air. The desolate area around the crater edge shows the effects of the eruptions. Yellow paint circles the potholes made in the cement and metal railings from the last eruption. This tour stopped at a beautiful coffee plantation and we waited there until our appointed time.
star-4
All about the volcano (as should B)
April_W, Jan 2019
Poas Volcano National Park - Admission Ticket (Foreigners Only)
My apologies if I am a broken record of other reviews. The ride out is an adventure in itself. Just the view and scenery is amazing. I booked through V as they have always been spot on. The Park website is $5 cheaper/ticket. But I went w “Old Faithful” (almost a pun). We pulled up. Gave the gate a reservation number and off we went. $4 parking. Other cars were rerouted w/o reservations. I thought it ?? To have to list our passport #’s but it is legit. We pulled up, parked, walked up to the building and was handed a colored helmet (which tells how long U have been up there). Given a brief safety/guidelines and told only 20 mins up there which is plenty of time. I liked that it is a park and not a tourist trap. All about the volcano. Not trying to sell u stuff. We wore shorts but very windy and cool. Keep a jacket or scarf handy. U will peal it off as u drive down the mountain. Definitely get a cup of coffee, strawberries, blackberries, peaches and plums. So yum! The volcano was active the day prior. I would have given her 5*s if so. I should give 5 as it is beautiful! We booked at 9 and could see clouds looming in from the trade winds off the Caribbean side. Traffic was considerably heavier as we headed back. Good bathroom facility there. You do have to walk about 400 M w a slight uphill grade. We were a family of 5 w 2 in college and 1 middle school. They all loved it. Oh and funny or maybe not as an ambulance follows up in case any issues. I could smell some sulpher but the winds were really high so it was faint. Very well run!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Dress in layers and prepare for rain, as it can be cold and wet near the crater.

  • Visiting time is limited to 10 minutes at the crater.

  • The visitor center is wheelchair accessible.

  • On-site facilities include parking, picnic tables, restrooms, and a café with some food options.

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How to Get There

The easiest way to visit Poas Volcano is as part of a guided day tour. The park is also accessible via private transportation, but bus services to Alajuela are sparse.

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When to Get There

Get the best views when you visit early in the day during the dry season (December through April). Clouds typically roll in around noon, and many of the park’s facilities close by 3pm.

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Other Costa Rican Volcanoes

The Poas Volcano is far from Costa Rica's only volcanic attraction, and geothermically inclined visitors should make a note to visit the Irazú Volcano, also home to a crater lake, or the popular Arenal Volcano. Guided hiking, adventure, or sightseeing tours depart for Costa Rica's volcanic hotspots daily.

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