Blogs from Volcán Poás, Alajuela, Costa Rica, Central America Caribbean


Today I'm on my own again and sadly don't get a lie in. I have to be ready for my tour bus which is picking me up at my hotel at silly o'clock (5.55am!). I find that I'm the first to be picked up and we go on a tour of San Jose's central and outlying hotels picking up a full bus by the time we get to the last one - a huge and very posh looking hotel near the airport. Unfortunately it's raining which doesn't bode well for a good view of Poas volcano, but it's early yet so the weather might change. I get chatting to a few of my fellow passengers. There's one guy from the UK who is going on a 5 days per country trip around all of Central America ... read more
Melvin explaining the coffee plant's growing cycle
Coffee plant
What to do in case of Poas volcano errupting

Costa Rica 2013: Day 15: Alajuela Day 2: We verified where we were supposed to pick up the bus to Volcan Poas and headed out. I don't think the map the hostel gave us is quite accurate, as the block where it shows the bus terminal for Volcan Poas is located seems to be at least a block or two off. Oh well, we found it. Also, according to what I read on the internet, and what the hostel told us, the bus is supposed to arrive there from San Jose and leave at 9:15am, leaving San Jose at 8:30. When we found the bus, it had been siting there a while and had no passengers from San Jose. It did leave at 9:15 however. The trip costs 1,165 colones, one way and takes about an ... read more
Alajuela & San Jose
Volcan Poas Park Entrance
The path up to the main crater

Costa Rica for the Weekend Time was limited so we hit the touristy spots near Costa Rica's central valley.... read more

Dag iedereen, Vandaag zijn we naar de tweede vulkaan gegaan die dicht bij San José ligt. Volcán Poás is ook nog steeds een actieve vulkaan. Het water in de krater is op dit ogenblik 40graden. Jammer genoeg was er weer heel veel mist en deze keer was er geen mirakel waardoor de mist voor 1 minuut wegtrok. Er was ook een tropische regenbui want de vulkaan ligt deels in een bos en dus waren we ook nog kletsnat. Een beetje jammer dus. Het bos was wel zeer mooi. Hele grote bomen en af en toe een klein vogeltje. Daarbovenop heeft mijn camera het een beetje begeven en wil hij geen foto's meer trekken. Ik hoop dat dit morgen opgelost is want anders zal dit toch een zware dobber betekenen voor mij. In San José is het ... read more
On the road
At Volcan Poas
Volcan Poas (clouds)

Alarm set for 6 am. Woke up at that time. Completed morning duties by 6:40. I rushed upstairs to get some coffee and oatmeal. I am ready for the "Poas Volcano and La Paz waterfalls" excursion($91 - includes entry fee, breakfast and lunch). I was at the lobby by 7 am with poncho, umbrella, backpack etc. The tour van was 10 minutes late. Tour conductor is "tropicale excursions"? I met a couple, mom and daughter (Maria) from Marriott signed up for the same tour. I did not get a window seat. I sat next to a tall Mexican guy (Beliendo). Our first stop was an overlook, that gives an excellent view of San Jose and neighboring areas. Beliendo graciously gave me the window seat after we got back to the bus. It seems he has done ... read more


It is really a relaxing excursion. Fresh air, lake-blue sky, glittering grass with water drops, and cotton-like cloud, they all appear. From Grecia to Poas Volcano National Park, it takes almost three hours. There is only one bus from Alajuela heading to the Poas Volcano at 9:15 am, and returning from the volcano at 2:30 pm. It is said that Poas Volcano is the most visited one of the others in Costa Rica. I think that's partly because it is easy to finish the Park and see whole. But, truly, there were a bunch of people on the bus that day with us. Oh, that was Sunday by the way. However, Costa Rica is the country that posseses most national parks to preserve the forests. Moreover, here you can see not only tropical rainforests, cloud forests, ... read more
My friend Juan and I
It's me and the Volcano

First of all some background info. Steve and I purchased our home in Costa Rica several years ago. We found the house on the internet and contacted a real estate sales rep. to show us around and show us the house. I must say, we are very remote. It is 7000 feet up the mountain overlooking the Central Valley of Costa Rica. You climb windy twisty roads carved in the mountains- It is next to impossible to find. But we did. Our view is breathtaking, especially at night, the city lights shimmer below. Our grounds are chiseled in the mountainside spanning nearly 3 acres with every type of flower you can imagine flourishing on our property. We love it! That being said, it is REMOTE! We usually have to drive down the mountain to get interent ... read more
WiMax on the roof
Steve in front of one of our gardens
El Refugio Encantado - Nuestra Casa

We are enjoying the peace of our home! Last night was our typical relaxing evening - admiring the view, playing games, watching a movie snuggled up in warm clothes. It can become very chilly in the evenings. We are high up the mountains - almost in a cloud forest at times. When the sun starts to set, the temperatures fall into the 50s. sometimes even chilier. To this day, I still wonder how we ended up with a home so far up a mountain. We bought the house about four or five years ago and did so in record time. Two weeks prior to visiting Costa Rica, Steve read an article in the Houston Chronicle about real estate in Costa Rica. He said, "Heather, why don't you go online and learn more." That's all it took! ... read more
Cozy Night at Home
Paintings Made of Our Dogs
Steve's Pub

Today we went to see the Poas Volcano (almost 9 thousand feet elevation). We were warned that it was cloudy on the mountain today, and we might get wet. But we got lucky and the weather turned out to be beautiful. Because of the sulpher fumes, the clouds, the humidity and the elevation, you often cannot see the crater at the top of the mountain. At first, we saw only clouds, so we hiked up another trail to see a mountain lake. The trail is in the Escalonia Cloud Forest, and is a steep ½ hour hike. The air is a little thin up here, plus we are not in the best shape, so we had to stop to catch our breath a few times. The mist rising off the trail was interesting to see. All ... read more
Mist on the Escalonia Cloud Forest Trail
Lake at top of trail in cloud forest
Us under the Poor Man{s Unbrella Plant

This is probably the most beautiful place I have seen in my life. Although, those who traveled with me have heard that already a few times before. On Saturday, after 3 hours of kick-butt dance classes, my roommate Carolina and I took the bus to Alajuela to spend the night at Manolo’s sister’s house (Cristiana). While climbing on to the bus and paying the fare I ask the bus driver to drop us off at a Mall Cariari. The bus driver was an interesting senor. He was one of those old bachelors who honked at all the moving skirts and hills and knew every single tortilla maker and lottery ticket seller in the area. It was so much fun watching him that I didn’t even realized that we ended up in a wrong town. -What about ... read more
Sombrero leaves

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