Land of volcanoes to discover: Costa Rica more than sun and beach
The Central American country is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire where there are the largest number of volcanoes in the world. It has 112 of which five are active
The Poás is one of the most visited ecotourism attractions. In 2017, it generated more than $ 1 million in tickets, according to the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC). The colossus has become a mandatory point of visit for national and foreign tourists, who have at their disposal an offer of food and lodging services.
Like the Poas, the Plains of the North (Arenal) and Guanacaste with the Rincon de la Vieja are the most visited places by tourists who arrive in Costa Rica, according to the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism (ICT).
Rincón de la Vieja has 14 thousand hectares and is one of the most beautiful protected areas in the country for its waterfalls, tropical forest, pastures and trails amid active fumaroles, hot springs and hot mud. For example, Las Pailas, on the slopes of the volcano, visitors can receive clay baths, walk trails and enjoy nature.
In La Fortuna de San Carlos, the 1,600-meter-high Arenal Volcano rises majestically. Around it extends a rain forest of more than 12 thousand hectares where animals such as deer, quetzals and sloths coexist. By means of three paths it is possible to cross it and to observe some zones where solidified lava of the great eruption of 1992 can still be seen, also the area that surrounds it is famous for its thermal waters.
The Arenal Volcano is one of the youngest and most active volcanoes in Costa Rica, it has a nearly perfect cone 1,633 meters high
The Irazú is the highest altitude with 3,432 meters, located 32 kilometers northeast of the province of Cartago and offers attractions such as breathtaking views from its peak or the bright green lagoon that is located in one of its four craters.
The Barva Volcano is one of the most extensive in the central area and is part of the Braulio Carrillo National Park, which has more than 6,000 plant species and multiple trails to explore it. The longest is the Copey lagoon with 5 kilometers, while the trails of Cacho de Venado and Vara Blanca are shorter.
The Vocán Tenorio National Park is one of the youngest in Costa Rica. Being an area of difficult access hides areas of great beauty if you want to delve into wildlife.
The country is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire where there are the largest number of volcanoes in the world
The surveys carried out by the ICT among the visitors reveal that among their tastes and preferences is the visit to these magnificent giants (46%).