Poas Volcano National Park Tours Costa Rica | Jaco Beach Day Trip to Poas
Price: 7 per person.
Included: Lunch, Tour Guide, A/C Transportation, Park Entrance, plantation Coffee tour.
Departure: 7:00 am from Jaco, 12 hours tour.
Travel time: 2:40min From Jaco to Poas Volcano.
The Poas Volcano, (Spanish: Volcan Poas), is an active stratovolcano in central Costa Rica. It has erupted 39 times since 1828.
There are two crater lakes near the summit. The northern lake is known as the Laguna Caliente (“hot lagoon”) and is located at a height of 2,300 m in a crater approximately 1.7 km wide and 290/300 m deep.
It is one of the world’s most acidic lakes.
The acidity varies after rain and changes in volcanic activity, sometimes reaching a pH of almost 0; consequently, it supports little or no aquatic life. The bottom of this lake is covered with a layer of liquid sulphur.
Acid gases create acid rain and acid fog, causing damage to surrounding ecosystems and often irritation of eyes and lungs.
Lake Botos, the southern lake, fills an inactive crater, which last erupted in 7500 BC.
It is cold and clear, and is surrounded by a cloud forest located within the Poas Volcano National Park.
Poas was near the epicenter of a 6.1-magnitude earthquake in January 2009 that killed at least forty people and affected Fraijanes, Vara Blanca, Cinchona (the most affected area), the capital San Jose, and the Central Valley region of Costa Rica.
There was also eruptive activity in 2009 involving minor phreatic eruptions and landslides within the northern active crater.
Poas eruptions often include geyser-like ejections of crater-lake water.
We will take the Pan-American Highway towards the city of Alajuela.
In route we will go visit the Agriculture Monument, the Monument to Juan Santamaria and the famous Mango Park. As we ascend towards the volcano we will stop for a brief explanation on our golden bean the coffee, and then continue our trip through fern, flower and strawberry farms.
There is a noticeable change in temperature and vegetation, preparing us for the pleasure of the exuberant cloud forest of Poas Volcano.
At the Volcano we will have time to enjoy the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles, and hike on a trail to the beautiful Botos Lagoon as we learn about the different ecosystems in the park.
Considered to be Costa Rica s most visited destination, with a constant flow of tourists passing through, the Poas Volcano National Park belongs to the central volcanic mountain range.
It is located about 30 kilometers (18.5 miles approximately) away from the city of Alajuela, in the province of the same name, and on January the 25th of 1971 it was declared as a national park.
Encompassing an area of 5.600 hectares (almost 14 acres), this active volcano is known for its vapor emissions, small scale continuous explosions similar to geyser activity, and lava eruptions.
The volcano has an area with two craters. The main one is 1.5 kilometers (1 mile approximately) in diameter and around 300 meters (980 feet approximately) deep, with a lagoon that is about 350 meters (1,148 feet approximately) in diameter, and with a sort of cone shape elevation rising over it at about 40 meters (130 feet approximately) that has quite active fumaroles (a volcano opening from which vapor and steam rises).
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