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"Irazu Volcano" Top 5 Page for this destination Volcan Irazu Tip by BEETLE_VERTE

Volcan Irazu, Costa Rica: 11 reviews and 14 photos

  Irazu Volcano


At almost 3500m, Irazu is the tallest volcano in Costa Rica. The perfect cone overlooks the city of Cartago in the Central Valley and the top of it peaks through the clouds.

Ascending the slopes of irazu, through field patchworks and colorful farms, feels like going back in time and allows to discovers the old days of the tico countryside.

And reaching the top is like landing on the moon. Gray rocky flat ground, almost no vegetation and no sight since you are above the clouds, the experience is unique. It's also very cold and very windy.

Irazu has 5 craters and 3 can be easily visited: the Principal, the Fiego de la Haya and the Playa Hermosa. A little dwarf forest also surrounds the area and you can spot local birds like volcano junco and the volcano humminbird (there's a variety unique to the Irazu).

Count about 30-60 minutes over there, maybe a pit-stop at the cafeteria/gift shop to get a hot coffee and a little souvenirs. Not much more to expect from this expedition. I would suggest pairing an irazu volcano visit with something else in the area. I would also strongly suggest you don't go with an organised tour (see the Tropicales Expeditions in my Tourist Trap).

6$ entrance to the park, 2.50$ for parking
35$ per person on organised tour
Bring warm clothes and windbreaker.

See my Alajuela traveogue for pictures of this expedition.

Address: Cartago

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  • Updated Mar 22, 2006
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