Irazu Volcano Tour Information
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 85 per person (min 2 persons). Entrance fee NOT included.
Foundation: August 9, 1955
Area: 2.309 hectares
Opening times: 8:00 am a 3:30 pm
Entrance fee for visitors: USD 16 for Adults
Please Respect Park Rules
From the Guayabo Lodge it is at as distance of: 1 hour 30 minutes. Visitor services include information, a park ranger station, trails, restrooms, a cafeteria, picknic area parking and several natural viewpoints.
The Highest Active Volcano in Costa Rica
The Irazú Volcano rises at 3,432 meters or 11,260 feet above sea level and is the highest active volcano in Costa Rica. However, it displays little activity since its last major eruption in 1963. 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’.
We know this volcano for the turquoise-green lake in its main crater, which has recently started to disappear, due to volcanic activity. But besides the lake, and its impressive craters, the views to the Atlantic and the Pacific are spectacular. And with luck, you see the smoking Turrialba volcano at close range.
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. Close to the top we find ‘paramo’ vegetation, as well as high altitide fauna. The Irazu is interesting for students and scientists due to its geological characteristics and ongoing volcanic activity.
We highly recommend the Irazu Volcano tour combined with other places of your interest!