The crater of volcan Poa (2,708 meters) is amazing. It is hard to describe how it is to stand there looking down into the lake with a colour of another world. It was so beautiful. Steam is comming out through cracks in the volcano and it smells like boiling eggs. The trail to the crater is well marked and not that long. Just before the viewing...more
2/3 of the time it is clouded over. I was lucky to get a clear view, but it only lasted ten minutes. The lagoon has an acidity of 0.5 That is like stomach acid. A boat, that scientists once put in the lagoon, lasted 2 hours. You can smell the sulpher in the air before you even get close to viewing. The park allows you to walk thru the cloud forest....more
I took a bus from San José, which stops in Alajuela, to visit Volcán Poás. We drove through beautiful lush scenery and saw from the bus windows many coffee farms and green houses. To get into the park you have to pay if I remember correctly $7but it's worth it. From the visitor's centre there a short walk on paved road to the crater and on the day...more
This was the first time I was travelling during the rainy season and I was amazed to see all those flowers. Most of them I saw only from the bus window, but some in the national parks where I could photograph them. I decided that from now on I will only travel in the rainy season!more
We took a tour to go here. You can ride almost to the summit. Beautifull sights on the road to get there, including coffe plantations. Once the road ends you need to walk like 1Km to get to the main crater. Once there the view is impressing. The picture in the side talks for itself. When it rains the water keeps there making a lake of this color...more
There is only one option if you want to go here by public transport, but it is very easy and inexpensive. First we took a bus from san Jose to Alajuela (1/2 hour). From here we caught the bus to Poa (leaving at 9.00 am, cost $US 4 in year 2000). The ride took around 1 hour and was beautiful as we passed loads of coffee fields. Even though it was a...more
While you can drive, I would suggest using one of the tour buses. Of course I make this suggestion with most any place in this country.The tour bus offers several advantages, first it’s comfortable, the drivers will give you a ton of information while traveling, and most of all… since you aren’t having to watch the road you can enjoy the county...more
I don’t consider it to be a tourist trap, but met a few people who did. The gift shop is not cheap. On the other hand most gift shops in prime tourist areas are a little more costly.
I do suggest that you count your change or double check your credit card ticket. Not that the employees are dishonest, but human.
I went on a tour bus, and as we were leaving the park, one of the ladies noticed that she hand been overcharged about ten dollars. While the lady was a little upset, her husband became a very ugly American.
Fun Alternatives: While the gift shop carries a wide range of items, most can be bought else where for cheaper. My suggestion is if you want a t-shirt that says “Poás” by it there, everything else shop else where.