Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
4.5
7:00 AM - 1:15 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 1:15 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 1:15 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 1:15 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 1:15 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 1:15 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 1:15 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 1:15 PM
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  • Nishka M
    14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible even though we didn’t see the whole thing
    A bit disappointed as the crater was completely covered by clouds when we got there! We could only slightly see part of the rocks around the crater. We made a mistake by not coming earlier, as it’s possible the clouds might’ve not been covering it up at that time. However we did end up going on one of the hikes higher up and we got to see the lake right next to the crater, and it was beautiful and clear! If you do miss the crater this is a great option that will leave you satisfied! Also the hike up there is beautiful and you are completely engrained in the greenery which we loved.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 June 2023
  • Julie
    Trenton, Canada27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Poas Volcano is worth the visit
    This is one of my favourite craters to visit. There is a welcome center that explains the geology of the region. The hike is very easy on a paved road. The vegetation is beautiful, especially the Poor Man's Umbrella. The turquoise lagoon is spectacular. I have been three times to this crater and I would definitely go again.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Attila H
    252 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing tour....
    I have never seen an actual active volcano before but it was certainly worth the trip. I saw yellow sulfer, steam, amazing sights!!! It was pretty windy and chilly on the top of the mountain, and you do have to walk to get there (and back), but worth every step... enjoy!!!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 October 2023
  • skatetink06
    Royse City, Texas29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First Volcano
    Absolutely amazing!!! We went around 10:30 and saw some amazing, clear views of the caldera before the clouds started rolling in. It’s an easy walk to the volcano caldera. The signs saying the hike to the Lagoon is strenuous aren’t lying. It’s a mile steep uphill hike.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 October 2023
  • CSS
    Apex, North Carolina16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Come to see the Active Volcano!
    The view was amazing and the Poas Volcano is active. We could see some activity going on. At one point we could smell the sulfur dioxide. There are shelters if there is some eruption. Then there was hike to Lagoon, it said medium difficult trail. The view of the lagoon was good. Nothing much there apart from taking photos. We took the same trails we came through as they were now down hill.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 January 2024
  • Ramil
    Houston, Texas341 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I wish there were no clouds.
    We went in November and it was completely covered by clouds to the point you couldn't see anything. I asked other tourists and they told me it is usually covered and one will be lucky to see the volcano. It felt like a tourist trap, having paid $80. Check weather and time of the year before booking.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 January 2024
  • ju
    Postojna, Slovenia6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Big Eruption
    Wow what an experience. Lots to see and so much to experience. One of life’s wonders. Short visit but well worth it. Lovely cafe and gift shop onsite and lots of great pics to take.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 February 2024
  • Cory C
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visibility is Luck of the Draw
    Visibility is by chance. We visited January 17th, 2024 and could see maybe 100 feet (so we could not see anything.) Just bad luck. We were also unprepared for the gale force winds and chill from being literally in the mist of the clouds. I failed to find a good source for weather forecasting at the park and suffered the consequences. The hike to the main viewing area is short, not steep (IMO) and on wide paved surfaces (which were quite wet but not unreasonably slippery, YMMV). We also took the short extra hike to the overlook of the inactive crater, Laguna Botos and could see; nothing. We took the alternate hiking path back down to the nature center and even it was paved (just a bit narrower.) We got tickets online ahead of time for $15 plus 13% tax each. I don't think it really matters what time you select for your pass. We were several hours later than the time listed on our passes and had no problem entering (it may have helped that we had a local driver/guide, but I can't say for sure.) We were there maybe an hour. Might have spent more time there if the weather/visibility had cooperated. This was the 2nd stop of our Doka Coffee Plantation/Poas Volcano/La Paz Waterfall Gardens tour day. Started in San Jose and ended in La Fortuna.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 February 2024
  • Catherine H
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good views on a nice day
    We visited the volcano in April with entry at 9am. All the staff were friendly. There is a video to watch in advance of the walk, about the history which is interesting. The walk to the volcano is well paved and maintained. For safety reasons, you can only be at the volcano for 20 minutes. We were lucky with the weather and got great views. I can see how frustrating it must be for people who don’t get to see anything. Like a lot of things in Costa Rica, this is heavily dependent on weather. In the 20 minutes we were there, there was quite a bit of cloud coverage coming in. Therefore, we suggest earlier the better to give a higher chance of seeing the volcano. We enjoyed ourselves and would recommend.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 May 2024
  • marcomalcotti
    Costa Rica76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best active Volcano near San José
    This is San José's best and closest volcano option, not to mention an active volcano. The are where its located is beautiful, with many restaurants and coffee places along the way. It has secure parking, bilingual staff, volcanic museum and souvenir store. Easy walk to the viewing platform where you will have a perfect view of the crater and all volcanic activity
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 May 2024
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marcomalcotti
Costa Rica76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is San José's best and closest volcano option, not to mention an active volcano. The are where its located is beautiful, with many restaurants and coffee places along the way. It has secure parking, bilingual staff, volcanic museum and souvenir store. Easy walk to the viewing platform where you will have a perfect view of the crater and all volcanic activity
Written 22 May 2024
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Catherine H
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We visited the volcano in April with entry at 9am.
All the staff were friendly.
There is a video to watch in advance of the walk, about the history which is interesting.
The walk to the volcano is well paved and maintained.
For safety reasons, you can only be at the volcano for 20 minutes. We were lucky with the weather and got great views. I can see how frustrating it must be for people who don’t get to see anything. Like a lot of things in Costa Rica, this is heavily dependent on weather. In the 20 minutes we were there, there was quite a bit of cloud coverage coming in. Therefore, we suggest earlier the better to give a higher chance of seeing the volcano. We enjoyed ourselves and would recommend.
Written 4 May 2024
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Meg & Matt N
The Woodlands, TX12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Such an amazing experience. It was a short walk to the crater itself. Paved walkway that someone in a wheelchair could easily handle. Highly recommend if you’re into volcanos!
Written 18 April 2024
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Chalha123
Bristol, UK247 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We booked in advance as required (15 USD pp), the night before we were due to go we read online that the park was closed due to volcanic activity, but Poas didn't reach out to inform us whether our visit was going ahead. We emailed them and they said that the park was due to open the day we were due to visit. We went, saw nothing, just complete fog. We were not informed that the lake trail or any of the other trails would be closed ! All in all a long way to drive for a high chance of not seeing anything....
Written 13 April 2024
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Diane
55 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
It was very foggy so we couldn't see anything which we knew could be a real possibility. But the trails were all closed as well because the volcano had been erupting the previous week. Hopefully others will have better luck with the weather
Written 10 April 2024
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Emma R
Cleethorpes, UK17 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
What really annoyed me was on the day we visited the Clouds were thick and the didn’t clear at all. So we didn’t see any part of the Volcano. So on days like that when it’s very clear that there isn’t any chance of seeing the volcano they should inform people and refund them. Because it completely wasted our last day and we paid to see nothing.
Written 3 April 2024
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Nadina P
New York City, NY526 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I was prepared for the possibility that I wouldn't see the crater, but it was still disappointing. The mist didn't budge at all. What I didn't realize that nothing else is open; the website lists trails, lagoons, a museum, etc., and all are closed. I had planned to do that in the event that the crater wasn't visible, but that was a bust. Given that there's literally nothing else to do there and your chances are VERY high that you won't see anything, I would skip this if given a redo. It's not as much as the other national parks, but it's a much bigger letdown.

It's also true that you need to book your tickets ahead of time, and it doesn't seem like they have wifi on site, so make sure you do that. One thing to note is that they don't seem to actually check your entry time, so you can probably just book whatever time slot is available on your day, if you decide to risk not seeing anything.
Written 26 March 2024
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Mudeford 123
124 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Nice drive up to visitors centre. At the centre watch a safety film. Need to wear hard hats. 15 minute walk to volcano. Each group is allowed 20 minutes which is long enough. Day we went volcano was "smoking".
Written 20 March 2024
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Ruth O
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
There is nothing to do about the weather but if it is not a clear day, you cannot see anything. Not even a glimpse. Just thick, dense fog for as far as the eye can see. There are big tour buses and lots of groups. The film prior to walking out to the viewpoint is not at all informative. In short, unless the weather is perfect, it is a total waste of time and money.
Written 17 March 2024
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Cory C
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Visibility is by chance. We visited January 17th, 2024 and could see maybe 100 feet (so we could not see anything.) Just bad luck. We were also unprepared for the gale force winds and chill from being literally in the mist of the clouds. I failed to find a good source for weather forecasting at the park and suffered the consequences. The hike to the main viewing area is short, not steep (IMO) and on wide paved surfaces (which were quite wet but not unreasonably slippery, YMMV). We also took the short extra hike to the overlook of the inactive crater, Laguna Botos and could see; nothing. We took the alternate hiking path back down to the nature center and even it was paved (just a bit narrower.) We got tickets online ahead of time for $15 plus 13% tax each. I don't think it really matters what time you select for your pass. We were several hours later than the time listed on our passes and had no problem entering (it may have helped that we had a local driver/guide, but I can't say for sure.) We were there maybe an hour. Might have spent more time there if the weather/visibility had cooperated. This was the 2nd stop of our Doka Coffee Plantation/Poas Volcano/La Paz Waterfall Gardens tour day. Started in San Jose and ended in La Fortuna.
Written 13 February 2024
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