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Irazu Volcano National Park

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This park is centered around the largest volcano in the country, which has a surprising moon-like landscape.
  • Excellent39%
  • Very good36%
  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The view to the volcano is absolutely spectacular! A lot of winding roads through the mountains. Use caution. It costs $16 per person to enter the park and a few more dollars to park. They only take CASH and they close at 3:30 p.m. There...More

Thank April F
Reviewed 3 days ago

Amazing experience to drive trough a good road to a Volcano crater at more than 10.500 feet high. It's cold but not that much (58 F) because is a tropical country. There is a huge area to walk at one side of the crater good...More

Thank rzccr
Reviewed 1 week ago

For such a small National park with limited experience, charging different entrance fees, 15 USD per person for non Costa Rican's in addition to the USD2 for parking fees, it is an expensive affair ( I would even say daylight robbery) for just viewing a...More

Thank nldogbert
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was my first time in a volcano, i found it very cool. It was not raining, we arrived at 1:30 pm (park closes at 3pm) and It was great because it was empty, we managed to see every spot. We arrived by car, which...More

Thank Angelica S
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

The lake is gone. We had weather, passing clouds and rain but it's rainy season now. We were warned at the gate about clouds and that it was socked in but weren't given notice about the lake being dried up. It's an ok walk along...More

Thank tasha978
Reviewed 14 May 2017

This volcano has five craters, three of which are in the National Park. The main crater is super impressive, just enormous. The much photographed green lake has not existed for the last five years due to lack of rain. You can get a great view...More

Thank Trekbud
Reviewed 11 May 2017

Maybe I had a lot more expectations so was a little underwhelmed. Also could be due to the fact that during a prior visit, I had stayed in La Fortuna and have already done Arenal so there was not much of a novelty factor in...More

Thank Smeeta B
Reviewed 6 May 2017

We decided to visit Irazu as Poas National Park is currently closed due to the recent eruptions. We arrived early as recommended due to the cloudiness. I have read in lots of places the best time to visit is before 10am. We were very lucky...More

1  Thank Jade S
Reviewed 2 May 2017

One of the best volcanoes in Costa Rica, beautiful and cold place with nice views of the crater and local flora.

1  Thank Adolfo A
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

We took a day trip here in our rental car and had a great time on a rare clear day--it is often cloaked in the clouds. We hiked the trail that gave views of the crater. The only warning is keep in mind the elevation--the...More

2  Thank Merrill L
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We are traveling in April and our flight comes in at 10:30am. We are renting a car from Solid and are staying at Dantica Cloud Forest lodge our first two nights. I was considering heading straight to Irazu immediately after getting our car, I want to arrive at Dantica by 5:00pm! I do not want to be driving in the dark!! Hoping someone can give me some advice on whether or not that plan is realistic? is it worth the 2+ hours of extra driving? How long does it take to tour? Is it likely we'll run into traffic? Thank you for any advice!!
12 March 2017|
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Response from Cris A | Reviewed this property |
Irazú Volcano is located in a National Park, usually National Parks open at 8 or 9 am and close at 4 pm. You can go in a day by a tour or by yourself, if you go by yourself you can be there as long as you want until 4 pm... More
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Hi! Would anyone know when the best time is to visit this volcano, so as to avoid clouds and ash from the Turrialba volcano? Also, would an active 75-year old woman be able to hike up to the crater? My grandma will be joining me on this visit. I'd appreciate any help.
25 February 2017|
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Response from Cris A | Reviewed this property |
Hi! The National Park has physical access until volcano to everybody, so there's no problem with your grandma. The clouds and ash can be present at any hour and any day of the year, actually this both situations are... More
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