Costa Rica is home to 116 volcanoes all of which only 7 are active, the are also about 300 volcanic cones.
At the time, the Americas, North and South were separated by the sea that only a chain of volcanic islands linked. The movement of tectonic plates caused many outbreaks that have shaped the region. With the millennia, this volcanic chain was relatively dormant. But Costa Rica is part of the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire.
In any case, no need to be a volcanologist to enjoy the visit. Each volcano has its own characteristics, its own devastation story that subjugates its scope. For those who fear that the trip becomes repetitive, a tour of Costa Rican volcanoes simultaneously allows to tour through several of the most interesting parts of the country. And since each of them is considered a major tourist attraction, it is generally found close to other activities that will make the stay more pleasant and diverse.
The volcanoes of the Central Valley
Poas Volcano in Costa Rica
2705 meters highlight the Poas Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in the country and also one of the most visited. Reached the top by a scenic road, you will discover the awesome power of a volcano. Nearby, a marked trail leads through the cloud forest, the Botos Lagoon, an ancient crater now filled with water and surrounded by a superabundant vegetation. The small volcanic center will enlighten you about the history and formation of volcanoes on earth.
Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica
This volcano of the same name as the charming Valley of Turrialba, is a symbol of strength and pride for the people of the area. Created in 1955, the National Park Turrialba protects 13 km2 consisting mainly of cloud forests. The area is often active. From the summit (3340 m), at the active crater, we can appreciate if the weather permits, nothing other than Caribbean coast!
Volcan Irazu in Costa Rica
From its 3450 meters draped in clouds, the Irazu is the highest volcano in Costa Rica, and historically the most active. An observation platform offers visitors a bird’s eye view into the crater 300 meters deep and 1 km wide, containing an apple green lake.
Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica
Imagine a volcano with a perfect conical shape, which often has his head in the clouds; at its feet a lake that allows navigation with all types of craft. All around, a national park … Open your eyes you’re there. The pre-Columbian tribes saw in the house of the god of fire. By late afternoon, be sure to enjoy a relaxing moment in the hot springs.
Rincon de la Vieja Volcano in Costa Rica
This volcano is composed of several peaks, the highest of which is the Santa Maria (1916 meters). The region is dotted with fumaroles, warm sources of water, and small pools of mud (the smell of sulfur here is very strong). The trails are well maintained, although sometimes very steep, but it will allow access to these incredible landscapes. Since the late 1960s, volcanic activity is frequently recorded, the last steam eruption of ash dates back to 1997.
Tenorio Volcano in Costa Rica
“This is the lake where God has washed his brushes after painting the sky,” said Celso Alvarado poetically … Fumaroles, hot springs, bubbling pools, waterfalls of enchanting and stunning turquoise blue color, that’s what the Tenorio National Park has to offer. Do not miss the Río Celeste whose color will leave a lasting memory. The site, still off the beaten path, is perfect for hikers and nature lovers.