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The Irazu Volcano National Park will be the scenery for an astronomic encounter
January 25, 2012

The objective of this activity is for scientists and astronomy lovers to get in direct contact with space

About the Irazu Volcano National Park:

With the largest and tallest volcano of Costa Rica, the Irazu Volcano National Park invites you to visit a unique scenery. This natural powder keg is visited by more than 100.000 people every year.

The Irazu is one of the most visited national parks of Costa Rica, with a main active crater of 3.432 meters and a history of unforgettable eruptions. Its quiet landscape (birds and mammals are found in the Atlantic areas of the park) is truly amazing.

In clear days, from the west border of the main crater you can observe both oceans, as well as large part of the national territory. You can even see the Lake of Nicaragua from here (with a telescope). It occasionally gets covered by snow.

It has low vegetation in the highest spots (close to the craters) and primary and secondary forests in the surroundings. There are some animal species, such as the ocelot and the armadillo, that have been able to adapt to volcanic activity.

It is an area of great hydrological importance, where many rivers are born that feed larger and more important ones, like the Chirripo, Reventazon, Sarapiqui and Grande de Tarcoles rivers. It’s also an interesting area for students and scientist due to its geology.

  • Schedule for visiting the park: Monday through Sunday from 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • When to go?: During dry season, from December to April


The Irazu Volcano National Park, located in the province of Cartago, will be the scenery for an astronomic encounter on January 28th, 2012.

The objective of this activity is for scientists and astronomy lovers to get in direct contact with space, where they can observe planets like Jupiter and Venus, besides the sun and the craters of the moon.

If you’re planning on visiting Costa Rica during this date and you like astronomy, remember that Hotel Parque del Lago has a perfect location a few minutes away from the capital and the Irazu Volcano.

The encounter will take place from 3:00pm to 8:00pm and if you’re interested in participating you must register before January 25th at the phone numbers (506) 8922-4015, (506) 8883-2781, (506) 8970-9296 or write to eventos@acae-ca.org.

The ticket costs ¢15.000 (around $30) per person, and includes bus transportation from San Jose to the volcano, use of scientific equipment (telescopes) and a hot snack for the night.

If you attend this encounter you will be contributing with the Central American Aeronautics and Space Association (ACAE) and the Costa Rican Astronomy Association (Acodea).

How to get to the Irazu Volcano National Park?

From San Jose you must take the route #1 or the South Pan-American Highway in direction to Cartago. Follow the signs to the volcano; you’ll find a paved road that leads you through the mountains all the way to the park, where you will find a small information center.

Bus: You can take the route San Jose – Irazu, which takes about hour and a half.

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