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Irazu Volcano National Park

Irazu Volcano National Park
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This park is centered around the largest volcano in the country, which has a surprising moon-like landscape.
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Apex, NC9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
First the sinac website was too too too slow. Got our tickets just before entering the park. The agent at the gate was checking if you had tickets or not. So lucky to have got tickets from the drastically horrible sinac website.
After entering the park, the views were absolutely beautiful and stunning. We can see the clouds below us and at one point we could see the other volcanic mountain and see the Caribbean Sea. But we couldn’t see the Pacific Ocean on the other side due to clouds. At the crater we couldn’t see any activity. It was all black from previous eruptions. In the end we took lots of photos here. While going down the mountain we could see some farms of potatoes, onions, etc.
Written January 5, 2024
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benjamincont
Canton of Zurich, Switzerland14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Unfortunately we had super bad weather. Be aware if your buy your ticket where you have to drive. We went the wrong way and needed to turn around and take another entrance which cost us half an hour. Due to the bad weather we did not see anything. So check the weather before you go, if not your money will be lost.
Written December 23, 2023
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Anne0319
Kingsbridge, UK191 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Whilst this review isn’t for the volcano itself, I’m not saying a volcano is ‘poor’, as it’s obviously a natural formation, however, the experience and visit as a whole was poor. We drove all the way from Uvita to visit Irazu as we were under the impression that it was something that we shouldn’t miss. However, when we arrived, we were told we needed to make an online reservation. This wasn’t clear on their website, nor was it clear anywhere else. We were expecting to just turn up, hand them $15pp and drive off to the car park to see the volcano. But this wasn’t the case. We had to join a side queue full of people logging into their wifi to make a SINAC reservation. Once we made it, we paid the parking fee too and drove on to the car park. There were 2 craters that we could see at the time, one of which was the primary crater which is meant to have turquoise water in from the minerals, there wasn’t (which was fine as this is natural and can’t be expected), but from a viewpoint perspective, you couldn’t really see anything. The clouds coming in was the best part. The cafe and shop was extortionately expensive…all in all, certainly wouldn’t recommend this when there are plenty better NPs to visit.
Written August 28, 2023
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83180char
Mount Olive, MS11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
A short walk and beautiful views. There were not too many people there but the few we met were friendly.
Written August 17, 2023
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Jime C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
in the Irazú volcano have a cameras around the place another data for the irazu volcano live a different animals since this national park start to be in 1964
in the lankester the flowers are so beautiful
Written June 29, 2023
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Xiomara Rios
West Palm Beach, FL17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
It is my second time visiting the Irasu Volcano.
I had visit 40 years ago. This time it was much better I was able to feel an emotional sensation of power. The clouds passing by you, spectacular. Amazing experience!!!!
Written May 31, 2023
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Ruben G
Lima, Peru9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
We came to CR all the way from Lima, Peru, planning to visit volcanos and Caribbean beaches.
We visit this country once a year.
Our son is Costa Rican.
But during ghis trip we had a few sort-of-umpleasant surprises as soon as we got to San José:
1. There are traffic jams coming in to the city from all directions.
2. CR has already become very expensive.
3. We could not get in to see the Irazu volcano, after driving during 90 min., because now tourists need to make online reservations to get in.
The guards at the entrance were very rude, which is an atypical behavior in Costarricans.
4. The country is becoming unsafe: the Caribbean coast is plagued by petty thieves.
Other parts of the country too.
The number of other crimes is raising also.
5. Roads around Puerto Limon are dangerous: the goverrnment is repairing or expanding them in a very haphazard way.
Conclusion: Costa Rica is losing its competitiveness in ecotourism, its charm as a "pura vida" country, and its perception as a safe destination very fast.
Written May 23, 2023
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Niels v
Haarlem, The Netherlands48 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Vulcano might be beautiful when it's very clear. It's understandable foreigners pay more but not 15 times the usual rate. As for many others who visited it was very clouded even when we went on the suggested time. Didn't see anything. The reservation is also a very big fuzz. can't reach it by foot, need a car. can't pay at the desk
Written April 2, 2023
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DougFirDino
Prince George, Canada15 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
I was prepared to pay, but entrance required creation of an online profile which took about 25 minutes. Far from intuitive, the website sends a temporary password to email that would be difficult to remember and not accessible to cut and past with the usual double-click on iPhone ( prolonged pressure instead). After retrieving the temporary password from email, the visitor logs back into the park website, to enter a new password twice with a cap and a number. Full names and passport numbers are then required for all members of the party before entering credit card information. Parking needs to be paid separately at a different location. The website thinks endlessly if you fail to fill any of the fields correctly. The fee was $15 for adults. I was much more impressed with volcanos in Panama and Atacama. Even Turrialba was better, without all the haste around Irazú.
Written March 14, 2023
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Marian H
Jacksonville, FL114 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Easy trip once you find it - can be hard to find and far out of the way.
Best to have an SUV as the roads are kind of rough at best.
Written June 22, 2022
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