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Irazu Volcano Tour

Country: Costa Rica
City: Central Valley
Duration: 5 Hour(s) - 0 Minute(s)
Tour Category: Half Day Tour

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Chills and thrills. Your journey begins from San Jose to the old capital city of Cartago. You will pass through one of the richest coffee-producing areas of the country. From Cartago we continue to climb for 20 miles up the magnificent lush slopes of the volcano.

The deep richness of the volcano soil is evident as you capture the brilliant green hues of the farmland reminiscent of Switzerland itself. The spectacular view, which awaits you from the 11,300 ft. summit, will never be forgotten. On a clear day, it is possible to view both the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. A stop will also be made at Cartago to visit the famous Los Angeles Basilica where the patron saint of the country is enshrined.

This Tour Includes:

A/C Transportation, bilingual Tour Guide.

Please Bring:

Sunblock, binoculars, and camera.

Please Wear:

Shorts, T-shirt, Tennis shoes, Jacket.

Explore More About Irazu Volcano:

The Irazú volcano is a complex volcanic shield. It is the highest active volcano in Costa Rica and has an area of 500 km2 (190 sq mi). It has an irregular sub-conic shape, and temperatures at its summit vary between 3 and 17 °C (37 and 63 °F).

The last time Volcán Irazú awoke was in the first half of the 1960s, when, for four years it showered the residents of Cartago and San José with ash, clogged the air with smoke, and sent glowing boulders rolling down its sides.

Today, as you travel along the southern slope of the volcano to the park, the potato, onion, and cabbage fields give way to dairy farms at higher elevations. The next eruption can’t be predicted with much accuracy, but currently, the only activity in the crater is from fumaroles releasing toxic steam.

The summit of Volcán Irazú is near the tree line, and the wind and volcanic activity conspire to give the effect of a moonscape. There are several craters rimmed by gnarled, scorched trees, and lined with brilliantly colored rain-fed mineral pools.

There are few inhabitants in this harsh environment, but two you should keep an eye out for are the aptly named Volcano Junco and Volcano Hummingbird. There is a small visitors center and displays explaining volcanism.

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