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Poas Volcano National Park - Admission Ticket (Foreigners Only)

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Province of Alajuela, Costa Rica
Poas Volcano National Park - Admission Ticket (Foreigners Only)

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Experience one of Costa Rica’s supersized natural wonders at your own pace with entrance to Poás Volcano National Park in Alajuela. Boasting one of the largest craters in the world, the volcano can be explored through trails of varying difficulty that wind through forested and mountainous habitat. Pre-book your admission ticket for convenience and for more time to discover the park’s explosive geology.
  • See the crater and bright-blue lake of Poás Volcano on a self-guided tour
  • The impressive crater is easily accessible for most fitness levels
  • Admission ticket includes amenities like a visitor center, café, and souvenir shop
  • National park makes an easy day trip from San Jose and surrounding areas
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Poas Volcano National Park - Admission Ticket
The listed price does not include a $3 parking fee for automobile, payable at the time of check-in.
Hotel pickup and drop-off
This ticket does not apply for locals***
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Passport name, number and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 56 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Costa Rica Groups Travel Company
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Poas Volcano National Park - Admission Ticket (Foreigners Only)?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    See all safety measures taken by Poas Volcano National Park - Admission Ticket (Foreigners Only).
    What is the policy on sanitization during Poas Volcano National Park - Admission Ticket (Foreigners Only)?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Poas Volcano National Park - Admission Ticket (Foreigners Only).
    What is the social distancing policy during Poas Volcano National Park - Admission Ticket (Foreigners Only)?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Poas Volcano National Park - Admission Ticket (Foreigners Only)?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
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    • "To have to list our passport #’s but it is legit." See review


    59 Reviews

    Reviews by Viator travelers

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    Great trip to Poas Volcano
    , Aug 2021
    Great experience. All park associates were kind and considerate of our lack of fluent Spanish. Park Ranger spoke exceptional English. The drive was longer than expected due to traffic. Due to unfamiliar 2 lane, very curvy roads and heavy rains I would say that driving is for the very experienced. I would consider a tour and let someone else drive if I visited again. Was well worth the experience!
    , Feb 2021
    Very nice experience. The employees of the Natural Park is awesome and friendly. Good choice for us.
    , Mar 2020
    We had to wait to get in because we had to have some kind of number to give the entry guy. Other then that the Poas was wonderful
    Viewing Poas Volcano
    , Feb 2020
    Seeing POAS was clouds. Obtaining the tickets was very tedias but the experience at Poas was great
    Clear skies over Poas
    , Jan 2020
    We were able to see Pias Volcano on a clear day... just perfect. It is just a short easy 10 minute walk up a paved pedestrian only road. You have to go with your group at 20 minute intervals (everyone wears the same colored hard hat). The guards don't walk with the group. At the overlook platform, your group has 20 minutes to look and take pictures. You can walk back on your own whenever you want. We went at 8:40am on a clear morning. Seems a bit expensive, but since it was clear, I felt it was worth it. All the other volcanoes on this trip so far have been covered in clouds. We also paid 2000 colones to park.
    Stay for the views
    , Jan 2020
    It’s a million dollar view The sunsets are amazing and if you wake up at night in your super cozy bed look out the window at the lights in the valley and the stars Then be prepared for an awesome breakfast The hosts Mathew and Leah are awesome
    Beautiful Day!
    , Apr 2019
    This was a great day for Poas. Beautiful clear day. The service was very good and the park personal were extremely helpful. The attendance was not great so we had easy in and out.
    Poas tour
    , Jan 2019
    It was nice they shuttle us old people up in the ambulance. Too bad there were clouds blocking the view.
    All about the volcano (as should B)
    , Jan 2019
    My apologies if I am a broken record of other reviews. The ride out is an adventure in itself. Just the view and scenery is amazing. I booked through V as they have always been spot on. The Park website is $5 cheaper/ticket. But I went w “Old Faithful” (almost a pun). We pulled up. Gave the gate a reservation number and off we went. $4 parking. Other cars were rerouted w/o reservations. I thought it ?? To have to list our passport #’s but it is legit. We pulled up, parked, walked up to the building and was handed a colored helmet (which tells how long U have been up there). Given a brief safety/guidelines and told only 20 mins up there which is plenty of time. I liked that it is a park and not a tourist trap. All about the volcano. Not trying to sell u stuff. We wore shorts but very windy and cool. Keep a jacket or scarf handy. U will peal it off as u drive down the mountain. Definitely get a cup of coffee, strawberries, blackberries, peaches and plums. So yum! The volcano was active the day prior. I would have given her 5*s if so. I should give 5 as it is beautiful! We booked at 9 and could see clouds looming in from the trade winds off the Caribbean side. Traffic was considerably heavier as we headed back. Good bathroom facility there. You do have to walk about 400 M w a slight uphill grade. We were a family of 5 w 2 in college and 1 middle school. They all loved it. Oh and funny or maybe not as an ambulance follows up in case any issues. I could smell some sulpher but the winds were really high so it was faint. Very well run!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    , Jan 2021
    Nous avons rien vu , 70 € a quatre pour voir des nuages dommage que les personnes du site ne nous propose pas de monter au volcan lorsque la vue sera meilleure. Là il te dise rien , tu monte et Nada....

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