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IRAZU VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK

A little bit more than 30 miles east from San José, visitors can reach the active Irazú Volcano, the main attraction in the homonymous National Park. This volcano can easily be visited while staying in the Costa Rican capital city, the whole trip taking about one hour and a half.

On a clear day, visitors who climb to the top of the volcano can witness both the Caribbean and the Pacific coasts. Irazu presents several craters, but only two can be visited. You can reach them by hiking from its base very early in the morning. Depending on the time of the year, both of them (the main one, and the Diego de la Haya one) feature small lakes with waters of beautiful colors.

This region, in contrast to most of Costa Rica, isn’t a lush area, due to the volcanic activity. Because of that, there’s not much wildlife, but you can still spot quite a few mammals. Coatis, coyotes, armadillos, foxes, and some birds can be seen in the area.

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