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