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Irazu Volcano National Park Tours

Irazu Volcano National Park
Home to the highest active volcano in Costa Rica, Irazu Volcano National Park serves up some extraordinary panoramas. Think lush tangles of forest, gnarly cliffs of volcanic rock, and emerald-green crater lakes, all beneath an ethereal canopy of clouds.

The Basics
Most visitors opt to explore Irazu Volcano National Park on a day trip from nearby San Jose. It’s possible to take in the highlights on a half-day tour, but a popular choice is to combine a morning in the national park with an afternoon visit to Cartago City and the Oroso Valley.

The park’s star attraction is the 11,260-foot-high (3,432-meter-high) Irazu Volcano, but there are a number of different craters to explore. The Principal Crater is where most visitors start, affording a spectacular view over the crater lakes. From there, around half a mile (1 kilometer) of paths loop around the Diego de la Haya, Playa Hermosa, and La Laguna craters, with overlooks at each.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • There is an admission fee to enter Irazu Volcano National Park, and booking in advance can save time, especially if visiting during busy periods.
  • Plan around two hours to visit the park.
  • Visitor facilities include a café, gift shop, restrooms, and parking.
  • Bring comfortable shoes, sun protection, and a sweater—the high altitude means it can be sunny and chilly at the same time.
  • The main overlooks are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

How to Get There

Irazu Volcano National Park is located around 32 miles (52 kilometers) west of San Jose, or about a 1.5-hour drive. Daily buses run from San Jose and Cartago in peak season, but it’s far more convenient to arrive with your own transport or visit as part of a tour. Roads run right up to the top of Principal Crater, making access easy, and the views along the journey are almost as impressive as those in the park.  

When to Get There

It’s possible to visit the park all year round, but the dry season (December to April) is by far the most popular. Make an early start if you want to avoid the crowds—most tour buses and day-trippers arrive from 10am onwards. Views are dependent on cloud cover, and visibility is typically best in the early morning. It’s worth hanging around even if it’s cloudy, though, as the weather can change quickly.

Day Trips from San Jose

After visiting the Irazu Volcano, there are a number of other popular day-trip options from the capital. Arenal Volcano National Park offers rain forest hikes, natural hot springs, and waterfalls, and many tours also include a visit to a coffee plantation along the way. Alternatively, take a canopy walk and spot sloths and monkeys in Manuel Antonio National Park, or set out on a scenic cruise through the wild wetlands of Tortuguero National Park.
Address: Cartago Province, Costa Rica
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Irazu Volcano, Cartago Ruins and Sarapiqui River Tour from San Jose

Irazu Volcano, Cartago Ruins and Sarapiqui River Tour from San Jose

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Discover Costa Rica's famous natural beauty, historical treasures, and fresh flavors on this full-day tour from San Jose. Visit the ruins of a 16th-century church in Cartago, soak up an awe-inspiring views into the crater of Irazú Volcano, and spot native wildlife such as sloths, crocodiles, and monkeys on a cruise down the Sarapiquí River. Savor a traditional lunch at a private farm and drive through the spectacular Braulio Carrillo National Park to round out a memorable day.
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  • 12 hours
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$142.00
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Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley and Lankester

Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley and Lankester

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Discover orchid gardens, colonial architecture, and a magnificent volcano on this full-day trip to Orosi Valley from San Jose. Admire Irazu Volcano—the tallest in the country—and wander the historic streets of Orosi’s town center. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and take a leisurely stroll through the gorgeous Lankester Botanical Gardens.
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  • 8 hours
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Half-Day Trip to Irazu Volcano and Cartago from San Jose

Half-Day Trip to Irazu Volcano and Cartago from San Jose

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Satisfy your inner explorer on this half-day tour from San Jose that combines a trek to towering Irazú Volcano with a visit to the historic ruins and basilica of Cartago. Take in spectacular views from the summit of Costa Rica's tallest volcano, and uncover centuries of history among fascinating parish ruins and the rich iconography of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels.
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  • 6 hours
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$70.00
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Irazu Volcano Park Half Day. Private Tour from San Jose

Irazu Volcano Park Half Day. Private Tour from San Jose

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Your breath-taking, adventure begins with a pickup from your hotel and a relaxing private drive through the wonderful Costa Rican countryside on an air-conditioned transportation and recent model deluxe vehicle or mini bus. You will be heading to Cartago Province, about 1-hour drive from San Jose Irazú Volcano is a National Park in the Central Volcanic Conservation Area of Costa Rica. The volcano is still active although the last major eruptions were between 1963 and 1965, with occasional minor eruptions and some small lava flows since that time. With our professional tour guide you will be able to explore the park and walk to the main lookout point. The Crater Principal lake has an unusual greenish yellow coloring caused by rainfall dissolving the minerals along the craters walls. It has also been known to change colour to rust-red depending on the minerals present. The Irazú Volcano is the highest active volcano in Costa Rica
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  • 5 hours
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$160.00
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Irazú Volcano Combo tour 4 in 1 from San José

Irazú Volcano Combo tour 4 in 1 from San José

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Irazú Volcano, this colossus is the highest volcano in the territory with 3432 meters (11000 feet) above sea level, whose last eruptive phase includes the period between 1963 and 1965 with strong emanations of gas and ash that were perceived throughout the country. On a clear, sunny day, both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans can be seen. After visiting the volcano, we will descend to the city of Cartago, the former capital of Costa Rica established in 1563 by the conqueror Juan Vázquez de Coronado, where a stop is made at the Basilica of the Virgen de los Ángeles, a pilgrimage place for many faithful, which is a tradition in force since 1635. We also visit the Orosi viewpoint, a beautiful valley considered among the 10 most beautiful on the planet, then we explore the Lankester Botanical Garden, our guide will explain each of the garden sections and about the different types of plants that the garden has.
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Irazú Volcano -Half Day Trip

Irazú Volcano -Half Day Trip

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Climbing the tallest volcano in Costa Rica need not be daunting; keep it easy with this guided tour to Irazu Volcano from San Jose. Join this guided tour to the summit of the volcano, an easy hike after the scenic drive, and take your time at the top admiring the views. This tour includes round-trip transportation from San Jose as well as all entrance fees.
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  • 6 hours
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Day Trip from San Jose to Irazu Volcano National Park, Cartago City and Orosi Valley

Day Trip from San Jose to Irazu Volcano National Park, Cartago City and Orosi Valley

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Enjoy stunning views from Irazu Volcano National Park and Orosi Valley, plus wander through the streets of Cartago City on this popular tour that takes travelers outside for a taste of Costa Rican nature. Explore the active Irazu volcano some 3,432 meters above sea level and gain a deeper understanding of why Costa Rica's largest volcano is so impressive!
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  • 8 hours
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$120.00
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All-inclusive package 7 nights 8 days in the best destinations in Costa Rica

All-inclusive package 7 nights 8 days in the best destinations in Costa Rica

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Our all-inclusive package offers the best destinations in Costa Rica in a week of tours, which guarantees that every day you will enjoy completely different activities in all the ecosystems of Costa Rica, we will have visits to active volcanoes, paradisiacal beaches with white sand and water crystalline, naturalistic tours in the rain forest, adventure, bird watching, mammals and we will have visits to historical places, also for you we have a high category hotel included that will provide you with the greatest relaxation so you can rest and enjoy the facilities. Our package is one of the most sold by our company since you do not have to worry about practically anything, you have everything included and it is ideal for the entire public, it is a very good option if you want to save money and not worry, that's why our Travel experts guarantee your complete satisfaction.
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Irazu Volcano, Orosi &Lankester From San Jose

Irazu Volcano, Orosi &Lankester From San Jose

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Visit the Irazú Volcano National Park and Lankester Botanical Garden on this all-day tour from San Jose. First, head to Irazú Volcano, the highest active volcano in Costa Rica at 11,260 feet (3,400 meters) tall and see its most popular attraction, the giant Diego de la Haya crater. On the return trip, stop at the Lankester Garden, which was established to protect types of flora.
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  • 8 hours
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Day Trip to Irazú Volcano, Cartago City and Hacienda Orosi Hot Springs

Day Trip to Irazú Volcano, Cartago City and Hacienda Orosi Hot Springs

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Costa Rica is famous for its rugged volcanic landscapes, rich biodiversity, and well-preserved colonial history. This tour allows you to experience all three highlights in a single day—while your guide navigates and drives, you can admire the steaming craters of Irazú Volcano, visit the Virgin of the Angels Basilica in Cartago, stroll through Lankester Gardens, and see centuries-old colonial churches in the Orosi Valley.
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  • 8 hours
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Irazu Volcano & Boat on Sarapiqui River From San Jose

Irazu Volcano & Boat on Sarapiqui River From San Jose

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See some of Costa Rica’s most famous cultural and natural attractions in a single day on this guided tour from San Jose. Travel quickly and hassle-free with a guide who takes you to must-see spots such as the Cartago ruins, the Irazú Volcano, and the Sarapiqui River for an animal-watching boat ride.
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  • 12 hours
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Irazú Volcano National Park (Half Day).

Irazú Volcano National Park (Half Day).

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The tour is ideal for people who only have half a day to make an excursion, since you can take the tour and ask to be dropped off at the international airport. This excursion takes us to one of the most active volcanoes in Costa Rica, cataloged as one of the most beautiful and impressive volcanoes, just one hour from downtown San Jose. We can walk through the main crater, and after the tour we go to the highest point of the National Park, then descend from the volcano to visit the most important church in Costa Rica, we know a little about the architecture and the different constructions that the structure has had.
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  • 6 hours
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Irazu Volcano National Park, Cartago City and Orosi Valley from San Jose

Irazu Volcano National Park, Cartago City and Orosi Valley from San Jose

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This tour to Irazu Volcano National Park and Cartago is an ideal San Jose day trip. See Costa Rica’s largest volcano and explore the city of Cartago, popular for the Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels, on a tour that is interesting and informative without leaving you exhausted. A sit-down lunch on the banks of Lake Cachi is included as a relaxing final stop.
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  • 8 hours
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Irazu Volcano and Hot Springs from San Jose

Irazu Volcano and Hot Springs from San Jose

We pick you up from your hotel in San Jose, Heredia, Alajuela or Cartago. We will visit the Irazu Volcano, the highest volcano in Costa Rica with a cold climate due to its height and surrounded by nature. We can observe from very close its beautiful crater that is painted a deep blue color. Once we have seen the incredible Irazu Volcano we will go to enjoy the thermal waters heated by the volcanic veins of the Irazu with a beautiful landscape surrounded by exuberant vegetation, warm climate, pools with mineral thermal waters between 35 ° to 40 ° Celsius- 95 ° to 105 ° Fahrenheit.
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Full-day Cartago Ruins, Irazú Volcano and Sarapiquí River Cruise From San Jose

Full-day Cartago Ruins, Irazú Volcano and Sarapiquí River Cruise From San Jose

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Discover Costa Rica’s historic sites, natural wonders, and native wildlife on this full-day tour from San Jose. Learn more about Costa Rica’s former capital at the Cartago ruins, admire views of Irazú Volcano, spot crocodiles as you cruise down the Sarapiquí River, and take in the highlights of the Braulio Carrillo National Park. Tour includes hotel pickup, lunch, and all activities.
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  • 12 hours
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Irazú Volcano, Orosi Valley, and Lankester Gardens Combo Tour from San Jose

Irazú Volcano, Orosi Valley, and Lankester Gardens Combo Tour from San Jose

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Explore highlights of Costa Rica's Cartago province on this combo tour from San Jose that offers a mix of majestic natural beauty and cultural gems. Get a front-row view of one of the country's most mystical peaks at Irazú Volcano National Park, and then stroll among vibrant bromeliads, orchids, and hundreds of other plant species at Lankester Gardens in Orosi. You'll also visit the Virgin of the Angels Basilica, a popular pilgrimage site, in Cartago, and taste local flavor with included lunch at a restaurant.
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  • 10 hours
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Covid Free 1 day trip getting off the beaten path to Irazú Volcano National Park

Covid Free 1 day trip getting off the beaten path to Irazú Volcano National Park

The price is per reservation and includes from 1 to 4 passengers. We choose to go off the beaten path to offer something new and exciting. There is nothing written in stone for this tour and others, this is the fun part of this service. The service includes a personal driver on 4WD car who will pick you and show you accordingly to the point of interest you want to go.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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$325.00
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Irazu Volcano and Hacienda Orosi Hot Springs

Irazu Volcano and Hacienda Orosi Hot Springs

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Spend time in Costa Rica's famed rain forests and wilderness on this 9-hour tour to Irazu Volcano National Park and Orosi Hot Springs. Head to the summit of the volcano for panoramic views of the lush forests below, and then soak in natural mineral water for a relaxing end to the day.
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Mountain Biking Irazú & Turrialba Volcano from Turrialba

Mountain Biking Irazú & Turrialba Volcano from Turrialba

Turrialba is known for some amazing cultural experiences, unique rainforest as well as it's most popular volcanoes, Irazú & Turrialba! You will start the trip with a guided tour of the Irazú Volcano National Park once done we will embark on a special mountain bike adventure through country roads to the majestic Turrialba Volcano which is know to be active! Our experienced & certified guides will take all the precautions and provide the appropriate instructions before you embark on this adventure! During the trip, you will see the primary rainforest & unique landscapes. At the end of the trip, we will have a typical Costarrican lunch waiting for you!
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  • 6 hours
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The best destinations in Costa Rica in a special 8-day package

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The best destinations in Costa Rica in a special 8-day package

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Our tour package offers you the best of Costa Rica from San José, in this way we make sure that you can know several places during your stay, we offer a unique personalized service in Costa Rica and guarantee your total satisfaction, a unique guide will accompany you during All your stay in the country and will do everything possible to make your vacation something incredible.
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The best destinations in Costa Rica in a special 8-day package

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The best destinations in Costa Rica in a special 8-day package

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Our tour package offers you the best of Costa Rica from San José, in this way we make sure that you can know several places during your stay, we offer a unique personalized service in Costa Rica and guarantee your total satisfaction, a unique guide will accompany you during All your stay in the country and will do everything possible to make your vacation something incredible.
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  • Free Cancellation
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$1,059.74
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Tripping Costa Rica Covid Free for 2 days or more

Tripping Costa Rica Covid Free for 2 days or more

Why this product instead the 1 day tour booked on consecutive days? Well, is easy. On 1 day trips we only have 10h trip from the momento we pick you up from the hotel and drop you off and we need to come back to San Jose every day. With this tour you'll do a full day trip and expending the night on different locations as you wanted. First step we create an itinerary for you based on activities, destinations and timing. We recommend lodging and reserve all tours you want to do. You extend the trip to a full day and our services ends on daily basis whenever you want. We’re passionate and understand the meaning of traveling and going on Holiday. So, seat back, fasten your seatbelts, pick a destination and know with different eyes the best of Costa Rica!
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Explore Two Amazing Active Volcanoes With a Local

Explore Two Amazing Active Volcanoes With a Local

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We will visit two of the most impressive active volcanoes in Costa Rica and the most historical city of Costa Rica on a full day of adventure and excitement experience in an authentic local way.
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Full Day Tour Irazu Volcano Orosi Valley and Lankester Gardens

Full Day Tour Irazu Volcano Orosi Valley and Lankester Gardens

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This tour is the best combination of the Irazu Volcano National Park and the Orosi Lankester Garden tours. To that end the tour offers the mystique of the Irazu Volcano, and the enchantment of the lush gardens in Orosi Valley.
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