Volcan Irazú

Historically, the most active of all Costa Rica volcanoes, Irazu, is also the biggest neighbor of Costa Rica´s capital city. Located, in fact, 30 kilometers from San Jose, this colossal giant reaches 3,432 meters above sea level and thanks to its height, on a clear day, both the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans are visible from its peak.

Irazu volcano is also a national park since 1955 and has five craters. Its name comes from the indigenous word “Istarú,” meaning “mountain of tremors and fire.” Despite of being the volcano with highest altitude in the country, its summit can be reached easily by car, making this volcano very accessible to all kind of visitors. Situated in the main crater of the volcano, there is a stunning, sulfurous, turquoise-green lagoon measuring more than a kilometer in diameter and some 300 meters in depth.

The journey to Irazu also constitutes a peaceful trip across fertile agriculture lands and beautiful landscapes of the region´s unique small-sized vegetation. The first recorded eruption of this volcano occurred in 1732 and its last active period ended in 1963. It seems to be asleep now, but who knows for how long…

 

 

 

 

Tours

Irazu Volcano

From: $44

 We take the Pan-American Highway to the South to start the ascent of the colossus "Irazú." The winding road travels through fertile lands cultivated with all kind of vegetables. At the top of the volcano we can observe a lov...

Irazú Volcano, Basilica of Our Lady of The Angels and Orosi Valley

From: $70

Departure time: 8:30 am Includes: Guided tour, transportation, lunch and entrance fees Duration: 8 hours.  Your first stop is the Irazú Volcano which is 11.000 feet above sea level; this is the highest point on the Central Volcanic Mou...

Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley and Lankester Gardens

From: $70

 We take the Panamerican Highway South, to start ascending the large “Irazu”. The winding road travels through fertile lands cultivated with all kind of vegetables, providing a lovely panoramic view. From the top of the volcano yo...