Volcano Tours located in Costa Rica
Volcanoes in Costa Rica have captivated the attention of tourists from all over the world making Costa Rica’s volcano tours the top attractions of Costa Rica. Manuel Antonio Costa Rica is the second most visited park behind the Poás Volcano National Park. Costa Rica is part of the Pacific Ring Fire Circle with over 200 identifiable volcanic formations but just 100 show signs of volcanic activity and only five are categorized as active volcanoes. These volcanoes are a direct part of Costa Rica’s spectacular natural diversity. Volcanoes in Costa Rica played a major role in the country’s lush landscape. The numerous Costa Rica volcano eruptions over the past millennia have made the soil in Costa Rica rich in minerals and fertile. The rich soil contributed to the dense verdant forestation, which supports wildlife species, a vast variety of birds, numerous exotic and tropical trees and plants.
Costa Rica’s volcanoes have three volcanic range systems. The three divisions are The Guanacaste Range, the Central Volcanic Range, and the Talamanca Range. There are so many things to do in Costa Rica.
The Guanacaste Range
Costa Rica’s most famous volcano is the Arenal Volcano. Spewing steam and hot gases on a consistent basis contributes to the Arenal Costa Rica volcano as being the most active and most popular.
Rincón de la Vieja Volcano
Rincón de la Vieja Volcano’s summit is the highest point in Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park. The volcano has a large number of fumaroles and hot springs on its slopes. Its most recent eruption occurred in February 1998.
The first mountain you see when you drive into Costa Rica from Nicaragua is the Orosi Volcano. You’ll find a good panoramic view of the Orosi Volcano from the Santa Rosa National Park.
Miraval’s Volcano is the highest on the volcanic mountain ranges. Sleeping for centuries Miravalles has had no geysers or explosions. The road passes through the country and offers superb views of Lake Nicaragua.
The upper regions of the Tenorio Volcano have yet to be explored, making this ‘wild country.’ Located near the base of Tenorio, horseback and hiking tours are offered to provide a close-up view of the wildlife in the forest.
Central Volcanic Region
Poás Volcano in Costa Rica provides an extreme example of the effects that acid rain has on vegetation. Several miles around the caldera the vegetation is stunted brown and black. The area around the Poás volcano includes a mountain rain forest, cloud forest, and very humid low mountain forest.
Barva Volcano is located in a small agricultural community of Sacramento, Costa Rica. The volcano has not had any activity of eruption since colonial days. One of the four cones located in the southwest peak contains a crater lake.
Irazú Volcano is the highest active volcano in Costa Rica. On a clear day, both the Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean can be seen from the top of the Irazú Volcano. Unfortunately, the volcano’s summit is usually covered in clouds much of the time.
The Turrialba Volcano summit has three craters, one of which has sulfur and fumaroles and pits. Below the summit is a mountain range and cloud forest, with ferns, bromeliads, mosses, and lichens. Turrialba is adjacent to Irazú and both are among Costa Rica’s largest volcanoes.
El Viejo Volcano
El Viejo Volcano is the only volcano in the Talamanca Range. To the northwest of Poás is the demolished crater of El Viejo that has not been active for thousands of years. The countryside is covered by beautiful cypress, cedar, and heart of palm forests. It is an ideal place to hike in the jungle and get a closer look at nature.
Costa Rica volcano tours in the area offer hiking, forest canopy tours, horseback riding, river-rafting, all-terrain vehicle riding, and wall-climbing. What more can you ask for! There are so many things to do in Costa Rica.