Visiting The Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

My family and I were traveling through Alajuela, Costa Rica, and wanted to do something exciting so we decided to go on a day trip to Poas Volcano National Park. We got picked up and drove through the most beautiful coffee plantations, strawberry fields and lush green slopes filled with cattle and enjoyed the amazing scenery that this area has to offer. After we got there but before the actual tour started we saw a beautiful, scale model of the Poas Volcano and took some time to enjoy a hot cup of authentic Costa Rican coffee at the visitor’s center.

Right after that we started our walk up through an easy trail to the crater of the volcano. This relaxing walk took only ten minutes. And again the walk was very scenic. When i finally got there I couldn’t believe how beautiful the crater was when I saw it. Just imagine turquoise blue gurgling steam and occasionally it burped sulfurous mud and sprayed hot steamy water high into the sky. Great right? I was so glad we got there early because the clouds were starting to obstruct the view of the crater s we started our way back.

Back at the visitor’s center we were so excited that we wanted more. So we decided to go in one more hiking trip. This time we started walking up another trail which leads to the old extinct crater. Nowadays it’s filled with jade colored water so you can only imagine how amazing the view was. The way up is a trail between a high altitude rainforest where I had a great time looking for some wildlife and I was so escited when i finally found some.

On the way back we stopped at Freda Fresas for lunch. This Costa Rican restaurant serves dishes with all kinds of fresh produce from the region. We decided to order the Casado. It is the most typical lunch there is in Costa Rica. I was quite surprised when I first saw it, it consisted of rice and black bean, picadillo, fried plantains, farmers cheese with corn tortillas and chicken in a tomato sauce. And for desert I asked for a cake called “tres leches” or three milk cake and a cup of hot Costa Rican cappuccino.

This is a great day trip for anyone, so if you are in San Jose or Alajuela you can’t miss this adventure.

Marina K. Villatoro, the Travel Experta, has been living in Central America – Costa Rica and Guatemala for the past decade. Traveling with her family to all parts of Costa Rica and Guatemala, she now loves organizing vacations for people and offers first hand experience. Contact her for advice and to plan your perfect trip!

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