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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
star-4.5
USD110.00 per adult
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A memorable experience
It was a overcast day but clear enough to see everything when we visited. We went on a 1/2 day guided tour that picked us up from our hotel in San Jose and it was great.
Margie_P, Aug. 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in San Jose

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Exceeded Expectations
Anonymous, Jul. 2022
Poas Volcano National Park Half day tour from San Jose
Smooth operations, knowledgeable guide, excellent drivers, a terrific breakfast, well-chosen stops, and a stunning time at the Poas volcano.
star-5
Magic view.
Kimberly_Z, Jun. 2022
Poas Volcano National Park Half day tour from San Jose
Freddie customized our trip based on our interests. We got a great view of the volcano. It materialize from the mist like magic, then disappeared again. Very special.
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Our tour guide Carlile...
Tammy_M, Jun. 2022
Doka Coffee Tour, Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Day Trip from San Jose
Our tour guide Carlile (not sure about spelling) was awesome! He went above and beyond to make our tour the best. He helped in making sure our picky eater had something to eat. He brought us to Hacienda Alsacia (Starbucks) to see the beautiful views. Took pictures of our group for us so everyone could be in photograph. He was great at explaining our tours. Worked with us on when to eat lunch. Made stops for the smokers. He was as entertaining on the ride as he was for the tour.AWESOME!!!
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The views on the rim of...
Enrico_K, Feb. 2022
Doka Coffee Tour, Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Day Trip from San Jose
The views on the rim of Volcano Poas was amazing. In the moment as i arrived the clouds are gone. The Colibri Garden on the La Paz Waterfall was like a Paradies.
star-5
Great stop and very organized movement of people
Douglas_I, Jan. 2022
Poas Volcano National Park - Admission Ticket (Foreigners Only)
This crater/active volcano is stunning and very easily accessed. Info provided at the overlook spot was also helpful.
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
Wonderful Tour & Guide!
jfcarter52, May 2022
Poas Volcano National Park Half day tour from San Jose
This was an amazing tour! The breakfast was delicious and volcano was beautiful. Ricardo was very friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely one of the best tour guides I've ever had!
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Awesome Guide
lcgeer, Apr. 2022
Poas Volcano National Park Half day tour from San Jose
We signed up for a half day tour and the guide went above and beyond taking us to a lunch spot and a coffee stop along the way. So nice to be driven up to the volcano and have information. We enjoyed the volcano and driving up from San Jose through all the eco zones.
star-5
Best of the best
Gerald_J, Dec. 2021
Doka Coffee Tour, Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Day Trip from San Jose
Fantastic tour that takes 3 great tours and combines them into one. Pickup on time, and very professional done tour. It’s the best of the best. Highly recommend
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Excellent!! Edgar was great
Alice_T, Mar. 2022
Poas Volcano National Park Half day tour from San Jose
Our guide was Edgar and he was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We booked the poas volcano tour and on our way he showed us the coffee plantation and we had a coffee. And on our way back he stopped at somewhere where we got strawberries! It was great. Would recommend!
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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.
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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
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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