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Irazu Volcano Costa Rica

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Irazu Volcano Costa Rica

A major eruption of the Irazu Volcano in 1723 completely destroyed the capital at the time and the current Costa Rican capital of San Jose, was completely covered in heavy soot and ash after a 1993 eruption.

Irazu Volcano Costa Rica

The name Irazu, derived from the language of the indigenous people and means: thunder” or “place that shakes,” which has been certainly true in the past! It is known by Costa Ricans as “Colossus” because of its 23 recorded eruptions since 1723. Irazu Volcano is now considered stable and dormant and has become the leading location for strawberry cultivation and other farming and dairy pursuits. 

Irazu National Park

Less than a sixty mile trip from San Jose, Irazu is a very popular destination for visitors. The summit has several interesting craters including one that includes Diego de la Hoya. This is a fascinating deep crater lake with beautiful green water. At almost 6000 acres, the park is chock-full of interesting animal and plant species. The facilities include places to get food and drinks and locations for hiking and picnics. Worth visiting on your trip to Costa Rica, Irazu Volcano is a fascinating chance to see a volcano up close and personal!

The Irazu Volcano - an amazing day trip from San José!

It was such an amazing drive up to Irazu! So very beautiful- the clouds floated above the forest, and the temperature dropped about 15 degrees from the city. There was almost no traffic, and it was an easy drive- the roads were good all of the ways up. Every turn provided a new vista with an even more breathtaking view of the lush forest and fields or the beautiful city of Cartago.

The side of the road had dense foliage of large “elephant ear” type plants and tall pine trees.  The name Irazu comes from the local Indian village I start, which meant a hill of trembling and thunder. We were grateful this wasn’t the case while traveling there! The whole area had an only moonscape feel to it- large “beaches” of a fine, black dusty sand and scarred rock walls where the blast ripped out the center of the mountain.  This was a great day trip while you are in San Jose. Close to the city and a beautiful drive- well worth the time!

Beautiful Drive and Scenery!

Local farmers had set up on the roadside selling potatoes, onions, calla lilies, goat cheese and a variety of locally produced products. We finally arrived at the entrance to Irazu Volcano.  Then we paid the entry fee only $10 for nonresidents and drove up to the parking lot.  Instantly a group of friendly Pizote greeted us, also called the Coati which is a raccoon-like an animal. They amused all of the visitors with their antics and wIrazu Volcano Craterere very friendly. The Coati looks just like a raccoon except has a longer snout.  Also, it is longer and thinner than the animals that I am familiar with. They were enjoying the crowds and rummaging through the trash cans.

Irazu was awesome! And hard to imagine the force required to create such an enormous hole. Though chilly at the summit, it was invigorating to walk up to the edge of the Irazu Volcano. So cool to peer down to the small lake at the bottom- yellow/green with sulfur. This active volcano is the tallest in Costa Rica at nearly 3500 meters and provides amazing views.

The Thunder of Irazu

The Irazu Volcano is one of the most impressive natural wonders in the Orosi Valley. In 1723 a major eruption destroyed Cartago, which was the capital of Costa Rica at the time. San Hose too, was completely covered in ash and heavy soot after an eruption in 1993. Costa Ricans call this sleeping giant “Colossus” due to the 23 eruptions recorded since 1723. However today, the volcano at Irazu is considered dormant, and activity here has stabilized. The area has become a prime location for agriculture due to its fertile soils. Here you’ll find many farms dedicated to strawberry cultivation, exotic flowers and dairy pursuits.

Irazu is a very popular destination for visitors as it is located less than sixty miles from San Jose. At the summit, you’ll find several interesting craters such as “Diego de la Hoya,” which features a fascinating deep crater lake filled with beautiful green water. The Irazu Volcano is a national park that protects nearly 6000 acres, preserving a multitude of interesting animal and plant species. The facilities include places to get food and drinks and locations for hiking and picnics. The Irazu Volcano is worth visiting on your trip to Costa Rica and is truly one of the highlights of the Orosi Valley.

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Barra Honda National Park Costa Rica

Barra Honda National Park – Amazing limestone caves and caverns Barra Honda National Park, located in Nicoya Peninsula Costa Rica. It is home to amazing limestone caves and caverns, as well as world-class stalagmites and stalactites. These limestone monuments date back over 70 million years. Only recently discovered. Presently Barra Honda, possess forty-two caverns in the National Park. […]

Gandoca Manzanillo beach

Gandoca Manzanillo – Wildlife Refuge

The Gandoca Manzanillo – Wildlife Refuge The Gandoca Manzanillo – Wildlife Refuge protects some of the most endangered species of the region. Including the Manatee, the Ocelot and the Jaguar and an exotic variety of birds. Classified as a humid tropical rainforest. It also protects some fantastic mangrove oyster beds that are resting on the […]

La Amistad Costa Rica tree

La Amistad International Park: Symbol of Friendship

La Amistad International Park Costa Rica La Amistad International Park is a joint effort between Costa Rica and Panama. This is why it is also called La Amistad (“Amistad” means “Friendship”) International Park. It borders reach throughout Cordillera de Talamanca, a mountain range over 3800 meters of altitude! This territory too varies in climate, altitude and soil type. […]


Playa Avellanas Guanacaste Costa Rica

Playa Avellanas The little town of Playa Avellanas consists mainly of hotels and cabins, a few restaurants and villas. It is a wonderful place to be for getting away from the city and havoc, and find peace and relaxation. A gorgeous setting and the spectacle of beautiful sunsets over and over again. What to do […]

Orosi Valley

Orosi Valley of Costa Rica

Orosi Valley – Cartago : Costa Rica’s First Capital Its striking Cathedral dating back to 1639 is a place of pilgrimage and millions of people make the arduous journey there on foot from all over the country at the beginning of every August. In Orosi, its sacred black Madonna, La Negrita, draws people all year […]

Costa Rica Souvenirs Sarchi Oxcart

Sarchi Costa Rica – Ox Carts and Cultural Traditions

Culture Vulture in Sarchi and Naranjo Locals come from all over the country to buy fine Sarchi furniture for their homes. They decorate their yards with a traditional hand-painted oxcart. There is a wide range of working souvenir and oxcart factories. You will be spoiled for choice with arts and craftsmanship in this charming town. […]

Playa Negra Guanacaste

Playa Negra Costa Rica

Playa Negra Costa Rica, a  Paradise in Guanacaste Located in the Northern Costa Rica province of Guanacaste, Playa Negra Costa Rica enjoys the very best of locations for experiencing hot sunny days on a nearly perfect white sandy beach!  Playa Negra has refreshing off shore breezes almost year round. Come and enjoy the cloudless sunny days […]

Playa Panama beach

Playa Panama Costa Rica

Playa Panama: A Private Beach In Papagayo Playa Panama is one of the most secluded and serene Beaches of Costa Rica. This beach is located in the province of Guanacaste, in the Gulf of Papagayo. It lies within a small bay called Snake Bay, or Bahia Culebra. Playa Panama is a short distance away from the  International […]


Cerro Chirripo

Climb the highest mountain in Costa Rica Part of the Talamanca Mountain range, Cerro Chirripo is one of the most exciting tours to do in this country! Because of its altitude, the flora and fauna change drastically. During the rainy season, there is sometimes snow on the summit! On clear days, it is possible to see […]

Heredia Costa Rica Church

Heredia Costa Rica

About Heredia Costa Rica The lush province of Heredia Costa Rica is in the hills north of the Central Valley. In fact, it’s a very short distance away from San Jose. Heredia Costa Rica is known for its green volcanoes and pasture and its coffee plantations. It is home to majestic volcanoes and rainforests. Heredia is very close […]

Escazu Costa Rica

The Town of Escazu Costa Rica

The trendy suburb of Escazu Costa Rica Escazu Costa Rica has a great choice of bars and restaurants for your entertainment. It is also home to the best shopping mall of San Jose, Multiplaza, and to the modern Hospital La Cima. This is favored by expats or by those coming to Costa Rica for medical […]

Alajuela Zarcero church

Alajuela Costa Rica

Alajuela Costa Rica: Land of Coffee, Volcanoes, Lakes, and Waterfalls The province of Alajuela, marked by extraordinary natural beauty with a chain of spectacular volcanoes that form the Cordillera Central. One of the main attractions of Alajuela Costa Rica is the Arenal Volcano. Arenal Volcano is an active volcano that guarantees a nightly show! Arenal Volcano […]

Playas del coco sunset

Playas del Coco Costa Rica – Beaches in Guanacaste

The Guanacaste province has skyrocketed in tourism the past decade due to the discovery of dazzling beaches, fantastic weather and astounding nature. Several beach towns have become popular destinations for tourists, and one that stands out as being most visited is the small but not sleepy town of Playas del Coco in the Gulf of […]


Turrialba Volcano Costa Rica

Turrialba Volcano, Costa Rica’s Peaceful Paradise Located not far from San Hose, Turrialba is a great stop on your trip.  The drive through the old Capitol City of Cartago, through the sugar plantations of Juan Vinas is a life changing experience. Once you arrive at the quaint splendor of Turrialba Volcano, you can feel the […]

Santa Rosa National Park view

Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica

Santa Rosa National Park  The Santa Rosa National Park is Costa Rica’s first national park. The park was once the setting of the historic battle of Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa is also an important conservation area for Savannah and deciduous forests, mangroves and many forms of animal life. The park covers approximately 500 square kilometers and is […]

Miravalles Volcano Cloud

Miravalles Volcano, Costa Rica

The Miravalles Volcano’s only historic eruption was a minor steam explosion in 1946. In fact, Costa Rica‘s biggest geothermal field are located in the surrounding area of Miravalles volcano. Miravalles Volcano – A sleeping Giant Miravalles has been sleeping for centuries, except for a small steam explosion in 1946. If you have an appropriate car, this trip is […]


Tenorio Volcano Costa Rica

The Tenorio Volcano and Rio Celeste The elusive Puma, as well as various species of monkeys and other mammals, and myriads of birds, insects and spectacular flora inhabit the forest of Tenorio Volcano. The Rio Celeste, meaning Blue River, is what brings people to the area for its brilliant sky blue color thanks to a reaction […]

Punta Islita Costa Rica

Punta Islita beach in Guanacaste Costa Rica

Punta Islita, Hidden Paradise Punta Islita Costa Rica located in the province of Guanacaste on the Pacific Coast. It consists of two small connecting beaches, some of the least Beaches of Costa Rica. They have amazing white sand, gorgeous sunsets, and wavy sea. The little community of Punta Islita is the perfect setting for a holiday in […]

Playa Carrillo

Playa Carrillo – Beach Near Samara

Playa Carrillo Costa Rica Guanacaste, known for their spectacular beaches. And Playa Carrillo is no exception to the rule. Carrillo Beach, located in Guanacaste, just south of Samara Beach, on the Peninsula of Nicoya. It has great unique beauty, making it the ideal place to go to unwind and relax. So come to experience a close contact […]

Cocles Beach

Playa Cocles

Caribbean Getaway Destination! Playa Cocles is a spectacular surf beach located just south of Puerto Viejo on Costa Rica’s stunning Caribbean coast. With long stretches of strikingly beautiful beaches and waves sure to be appreciated by every level of surfer, Playa Cocles is a quiet, peaceful destination. This beachside village consists of very few facilities. […]

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