Volcanoes are mountains with a bonus

Published: June 27th 2018
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on the way to Poas volcano

We left Monteverde to stay in San Jose for a couple of days. It is our base to explore the central region.

First stop is fantastic Poas volcano. It's a very popular park and for good reasons. The road(s) to get there from Alajuela or San Jose, slowly climb through various farms landscapes and showing superb views. Close to park entrance, there are a couples of farms growing strawberries. All in the car agreed they were as good as ones in Canada!!!

Visitor center is well designed and has many interesting displays.

The road leading to the crater builds up your expectations... and at the crater itself, you are not deceived. The crater is more than 1km wide, and the view is spectacular!

The trails in the park brings to a special forest with short trees, huge 'sombrilla del pobre' leaves, full of hummingbirds and other types of birds.

You can also find the endemic poas squirrel, with its yellowish color. Botos lagoon is an extinct crater at the end of one trail, and you can stay longer because there are no sulfur fumes.

It was the 2nd time in 10 years I went there, and I would still go!!

On the way back, we stopped at Doka coffee estate, where you can learn about coffee growing and visit the nice gardens. It's a relaxing place.

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