How hot can your adventure really get? Well, how will you know if you don’t hike up a volcano? In Costa Rica, there are five active and 61 dormant volcanoes, lush with vegetation and basically a treat to the senses. So, if you didn’t have this on your bucket list, let us help you make plans already! P.S. These are absolutely safe! By Shubhanjana Das
1. Poás Volcano
Located at the Central Highlands of Costa Rica, Poas reaches a maximum elevation of 2,708m. The one-mile diameter sulphuric pool emits smoke and makes Poas one of Costa Rica’s most active volcanoes till this day. However, the last time it erupted was on 1910. On a sunny day, a hike to the summit promises the view of the Atlantic and the Pacific along with the steaming craters.
2. Irazu Volcano
The tallest volcano of the country, Irazu, reaches a height of 3,432m and is also located in the Central Highlands of Costa Rica. While this one’s a tad bit easier to climb, given that most of it is drive-able, the views are no less stunning. Irazu has a number of spectacular craters whose mineral-rich nature imparts a character of being multicoloured, from emerald green to crimson red.
3. Rincón de la Vieja Volcano
Part of the nine contiguous volcanoes in the Rincón de La Vieja National Park, this cinder cone volcano is located in the Guanacaste Region of Costa Rica. The 6-mile hike to the summit is anything but easy and charts an ascent of 5,000 steep, vertical feet. If you can make your way through the last two difficult kilometres, views of tropical forest and the countryside await you.
4. Tenorio Volcano
The Tenorio erects from among the forests in the Guanacaste region to a height of 1,916m and is surrounded by enchanting tropical cover, geysers and hot springs. A walk through the cloud forest to the top, a forest-lined crater lake, and an absolute sense of fulfillment awaits you at Tenorio.
5. Turrialba Volcano
If you had to climb just one peak and rest your eyes on the splendid view of two more volcanoes, then this it. On a clear day, the 3,328m ascent will end with a view of the Atlantic coast and the Barva, Poás, and Irazú volcanoes. The last eruption was recorded at 1866, although mild activities continue. Turrialba is located along the south-eastern part of the Central Volcanic Corridor.