Volcanoes and Mountains

Discover majestic and secret mountain ranges and volcanoes

ABOUT COSTA RICAN MOUNTAINS AND VOLCANOES

7 volcanoes for you to Discover

Something amazing about our country is the enormous variety of volcanoes that we have. Many of them active, though easy to visit. In most cases they are protected areas or national parks. So, in several volcanoes there are roads that take you right to the crater and in Arenal, for example, the area is surrounded by great hotels, not to mention the incredible lake.

A must see while you are in the area is the Tabacon hot springs which is also a luxury hotel. At night, the natural light effects of the volcano are amazing. However for the Central Valley volcanoes, we recommend to get up early and beat the clouds, with time to see the craters and the surrounding scenes.
Getting there is half the fun. One can stop for breakfast, buy crafts or enjoy the trip. In some cases, cozy mountain hotels spread over the hills.

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Arenal

Something amazing about our country is the enormous variety of volcanoes that we have. Many of them active, though easy to visit. In most cases they are protected areas or national parks. So, in several volcanoes there are roads that take you right to the crater and in Arenal, for example, the area is surrounded by great hotels, not to mention the incredible lake.

A must see while you are in the area is the Tabacon hot springs which is also a luxury hotel. At night, the natural light effects of the volcano are amazing. However for the Central Valley volcanoes, we recommend to get up early and beat the clouds, with time to see the craters and the surrounding scenes.
Getting there is half the fun. One can stop for breakfast, buy crafts or enjoy the trip. In some cases, cozy mountain hotels spread over the hills.

Poas

The Poás Volcano soars 5400 feet above sea level and is one of the most spectacular volcanoes of Costa Rica with breathtaking scenery. It is a sub conical volcano with several calderic depressions near the summit. The main crater is a huge depression that measures almost 1.2 miles in diameter and 600 feet deep. There is a little lake at the bottom of the crater, with a diameter of 700 feet.

The high sulfur and acid content reduces the pH almost to zero, which makes it possibly the most acid natural water body of the world. To the southeast, there is another cone known as Botos, which was the center of volcanic activity until approximately 7500 years ago. Today it contains a spectacular cold water lake that measures about 550 feet in diameter. The eruptions of the Poas volcano have been recorded at least since 1747. This long history of eruptions includes almost 60 episodes. The most violent one took place on January 25th, 1910, when an immense cloud of ashes rose 9600 feet into the air. The most recent period of eruptions lasted from 1952 to 1954. Poás is known to have the largest geyser in the world.

Barva

There are three volcanic buildings in the Braulio Carrillo National Park. One of them is the Barva (5800 feet.), densely forested on its northern slope. The surroundings of Barva house two precious lagoons, Barva with a diameter of 200 feet and Danta with 1000 feet. It is the only volcano of the Central Mountain Range that has been inactive for the past 400 years.

Irazu

The name Irazu comes from the Indian words Istaru, Iaratzu and Iartazu, which mean the mountain of trembling and rumbling. It is an active volcano that towers 6800 feet above sea level and spreads over 250 square miles, which makes it the largest volcano in Costa Rica.

The main crater is almost perfectly round with a permanent lake at its bottom. Crater “Diego de la Haya” was active in 1723 and was named for the colonial governor who wrote an report of the eruption. The volcanic ash has greatly increased the fertility of the soil of its slopes, making the area of Cartago an agricultural center. Today, the colossus is showing signs of becoming active again in the near future. The crater is accessible by car. There is only one trail half way around the crater lake.

Turrialba

Turrialba, (6600 feet) is a large vegetation-covered strato-volcano located to the northeast of Irazu volcano. Three well-defined craters occur at the upper end of a broad summit depression that is breached to the northeast. Turrialba has been quiescent since a series of explosive eruptions in the 19th century that were sometimes accompanied by pyroclastic flows. Fumarolic activity continues at the summit craters. It is possible to descend to the crater bottom.
The town of Turrialba, located at the bottom of the volcano is a good starting point for White-Water Rafting on the Reventazón and Pacuare Rivers.

Rincón de la Vieja

Von Seebach Peak is a mountain of ash that sits beside the active crater. It is one of the highest points in Rincon de la Vieja National Park, at 1,895 meters.
There is a charming legend that explains the origin of the name Rincon de la Vieja. The native princess, Curabanda, fell in love with Mixcoac, chief of a neighboring enemy tribe. When her father, Curabande, learned of the affair, he captured Mixcoac and threw him into the crater of the volcano. Curabanda went to live on the side of the volcano and gave birth to a child. To allow the child to be with his father, she threw him into the volcano too.
For the rest of her life, Curabanda lived near the crater and became a powerful healer. The people referred to her home as “Rincon de le Vieja,” meaning “the nook where the Old One lives”.

Orosi Volcano

Altitude: 1,487 meters (4,879 ft.). You will enjoy the drive. It’s take you through the miles of farm and cattle land, made rich by the flow of minerals from the volcanoes. Keep your eyes on the mountainsides, you’ll signs of old eruptions everywhere.

You’ll also find some nice jungle to look at and, in the western part of the forest, thousands of pre-Columbian petroglyphs. The northern wall of the volcano offers hikers a good view of Lake Nicaragua, miles to the north.

What to do on volcanoes and mountains

For further discoveries of majestic mountain ranges and volcanoes, you can choose between one day trips and some packages.

Costa Rica has numerous volcanoes. Six of them are still active where you can observe geysers, lava flows, variety of plants, birds and volcanic rocks.

We invite you to visit our one day tours page and reserve our Volcano Watch or Hot Springs day tours, we recommend them for all nature lovers.

Make a beautiful horseback ride and enjoy this natural attraction, including healthy horses in great condition and well taken care of.

Explore the mountains and forest nearby enjoying nature and great panoramic view.

In forests on and around mountains and volcanoes, you can enjoy various zip lines. As you zip along the tree tops it becomes one of the highlights of a trip to Costa Rica.

TOURS & EXPEDITIONS 2018/2019

Coast to Coast

14 nights / 15 days,
Hiking and riding

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5 nights / 6 days,
Hiking and riding

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7 nights / 8 days,
Hiking and driving

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