Half-Day Tour to Poas Volcano from San Jose

San José, Costa Rica

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5 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English


See one of Costa Rica's most magnificent natural wonders up close with a morning tour to Poás Volcano from San Jose. View steaming sulfuric vents from the active main crater that juts majestically into a cloud forest, and hike to beautiful blue Botas Lagoon while exploring the surrounding ecosystem. Throughout the day, learn about Costa Rica’s prized coffee industry and drive through the strawberry and flower farms of the Central Valley.
  • Half-day tour from San Jose to Poás Volcano National Park
  • Learn about Costa Rican crops including coffee, strawberries, and flowers along the way
  • Peer down into one of the world's largest active craters
  • Explore the park's diverse cloud forest ecosystem
  • Hike to the beautiful hanging lagoon of Botas Lake
  • Includes national park entrance fees
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • Entrance fees National Park Poas Volcano 
  • Driver/guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


  • Gratuities (optional)
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

Centrally located San Jose hotels

Departure Time


Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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What To Expect

After morning pickup at your San Jose hotel, drive north from the capital in an air-conditioned minivan. While traveling along the Pan-American Highway toward the city of Alajuela, pass by urban attractions including Mango Park, the Monument to Juan Santamaria, and the Agriculture Monument. Stop to learn about Costa Rica’s thriving coffee industry and the so-called ‘golden bean,’ and get a glimpse of other important agricultural industries while passing strawberry, fern, and flower farms.

As you approach Poás Volcano National Park, the plains of the Central Valley start to slope upward, the temperature noticeably cools, and the surrounding vegetation changes to that of a cloud forest ecosystem. When you reach the lip of the active main crater, gaze down on the acidic lagoon that fills it and watch steam pour out of sulphur fumaroles. Poás has erupted dozens of times in the last two centuries but has not shown signs of major activity since 1954, so visiting is considered safe. You can also enjoy sweeping views of the Central Valley from the volcano’s impressive elevation of 8,885 feet (2,708 meters).

Hike along a trail to reach a second lagoon, learning about the park’s unique cloud forest ecosystem along the way. Serene Botas Lake fills an interactive crater surrounded by a lush green forest, thanks to the absence of any corrosive gases. Hike back to the minivan and relax on the return ride to San Jose, where the 5-hour tour concludes in the early afternoon.
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Hotel Pickup
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
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Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • A small amount of walking is involved
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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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(888) 651-9785
(888) 651-9785
Product code: 3171P45

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