Volcanoes

Volcanoes

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Costa Rica’s volcanoes are part of the Pacific Ring Fire Circle and include more than 200 volcanic formations, some of which are more than 65 million years old. The majority of Costa Rica’s most visited volcanoes are caldera volcanoes, which have large, water-filled craters, fumaroles and rising steam. Today, about 100 of those once-molten mountains show minor volcanic activity but only six of Costa Rica’s volcanoes are considered active: Arenal, Irazú, Poás, Rincón de La Vieja, Miravalles, and Turrialba. Arenal is the country’s most famous volcano, once known for daily eruptions and lava flow; in 2010 it entered a period of inactivity.

 

  • Arenal Volcano

    Arenal Volcano

    Serving as the picturesque, perfectly cone-shaped backdrop for the area, Arenal Volcano was Costa Rica’s most active volcano up until 2010. Now dormant, it is still one of the country’s most visited attractions. Known as the...

  • Poas Volcano

    Poas Volcano

    Located in the province of Alajuela, Poas Volcano is one of Costa Rica’s most popular active volcanoes to visit. Because it is only about an hour-and-a-half from San Jose, visiting the volcano and national park make for a great day trip.

  • Irazu Volcano

    Irazu Volcano

    The Irazu Volcano is the highest active volcano of Costa Rica, with 3,432 meters of altitude. It is located in Cartago, some 32km from the city of Cartago, and it is very easily reached by car. It stands majestically in the Central...

  • Tenorio Volcano

    Tenorio Volcano

    The Tenorio Volcano National Park is part of the Arenal Tilaran Conservation Area, about 26 kilometers away from La Fortuna, in the province of Guanacaste.

  • Turrialba Volcano

    Turrialba Volcano

    Located in the Cordillera Central mountain range, Turrialba is one of Costa Rica's most impressive volcanoes. Turrialba boasts not one, but three craters, and in the past, visitors could take their time and wander around the summit at...

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