Volcanoes define the landscapes of Costa Rica. This literal melting pot is where the central American volcanic arc and the Pacific rim of fire, hook up which is why Costa Rica is still so active. The Irazu, The Arenal, The Barva and the Poas volcanoes are magnificent and the latter has the biggest active crater in the world at 1.6 km wide!
Includes all of the regular activities of other national parks in the country. Rincon de la Vieja has a rainforest a dry forest and a volcanic zone, however, the biodiversity is much more concentrated and the animal species much easier to see. Tapirs, monkeys and sloths are all around and the lush, green rainforest is abundant. The good news is that this place allows you to camp in the park adding to the total experience. The visit to the “blue lagoon” and the enchanted forest waterfalls are a naturalists’ paradise.
La Fortuna is the base to explore the magnificent Arenal volcano. This classic conical volcano attracts a lot of visitors as the most active volcano in Costa Rica, although there has not been an eruption since the 1990s. The setting of the volcano is in primary rainforest and 1992 eruption, provided secondary growth forest and volcanic rocks that were spewed out in1992. Activities include ziplining, horse riding, and toucan watching in this pristine forest.
The Poas national park is the home to the volcano which has the largest crater in the world! The Poas National Park brings many volcano hunters each year wanting to catch a glimpse of an eruption or these smouldering craters. The geysers and the flora and fauna of the area are spectacular and attract many visitors, as well as the high lookout points, from which you can see both coastlines of Costa Rica on a clear day. This popular park is only one and a half hours away from San Jose.