What to bring: hiking shoes, or boots or gym shoes, rain gear, binoculars, camera.
Age limit: none
Rate: organized from Guayabo Lodge with guide/driver & transport: USD 50 per person (min 2 persons)
Foundation: August 9, 1955
Area: 2.309 hectares
Opening times: 8:00 am a 3:30 pm
Visitors: USD 10 for Adults, USD 1 for Children
Please Respect Park Rules
Distance from the Guayabo Lodge: 1 hour 30 minutes. Visitor services include information, a park ranger station, trails, restrooms, a cafeteria, picknic area parking and several natural viewpoints.
The Irazú rises at 3,432 meters or 11,260 feet above sea level and is the highest active volcano in Costa Rica. It is located northeast of the town of Cartago, in the Central Volcanic Cordillera.
The name ‘Irazu’ is of Indian origin and comes from the word “Istarú” which means ‘hill of the tremor and thunder’.
This volcano is known for the turquoise-green lake in its main crater, which has recently started to disappear, due to volcanic activity. The protected area’s many geological features include the Playa Hermosa, Principal and Diego de la Haya craters, as well as the Sapper formation, the highest point in the massif, from which both Caribbean and Pacific coasts can be seen. The road to the volcano is completely paved. In the vicinity of the craters you can enjoy breathtaking views, and you can acually see the smoking Turrialba volcano. Low vegetation, diversity of high altitude flora and fauna may be observed. Due to its geological characteristics, it is an area of interest for students and scientists.