Costa Rica
Costa Rica Volcanoes


Costa Rica is home to 10 volcanoes, 7 of which are geologically active.  Most volcanoes in Costa Rica are difficult to access and are not currently erupting lava.  Arenal, Poas and Irazu volcanoes are the most active and easily accessible.  Arenal is the only one currently erupting lava, and it has been since 1968.  Poas is very close to San Jose and is easily visited.  Irazu is over 11,000 feet above sea level with breathtaking views from the top.  Rincon de la Vieja features bubbling mud pots and steam vents.  Turrialba, Miravalles, Tenorio and Chirripo are nearly impossible to access.  We recommend that you visit one or more of Costa Rica’s amazing volcanoes.

Arenal Volcano

Arenal Volcano has been constantly erupting lava since 1968 and features a massive volcanic cone.  You can’t go on Arenal Volcano itself because it is too dangerous.  But you can see the volcano erupt from several vantage points around its base.

Poas Volcano

Poas Volcano is not erupting lava but is geologically active with sulphur and steam venting from its huge crater.  You can actually walk to the rim of the crater and look down in it!  Poas is majestic, especially early in the morning before the clouds roll in.  Poas also features a fascinating elfin forest around the crater.


Irazu Volcano

At about 11,000 feet above sea level, visiting the top of Irazu Volcano is almost like going to another planet.  You drive through the clouds to the top of Irazu where it’s cold and nearly barren.  On a clear day, the views from Irazu are breathtaking.