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Day 6 La Fortuna - Poas volcano National Park - Quepos (340 Km.)

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(in 144 Km.) Poás volcano National Park: We go to the Poas volcano by La Tigra and San Ramon road, crossing the rainforest and coffee plantations. From San Ramon we ascend to the volcano crossing the towns of Sarchi and Grecia, famous for its handicrafts and furniture manufacturing.

Poas volcano National Park - Main crater
Poás volcano National Park - Main crater

The Poas Volcano is one of the most spectacular volcanoes in the country and with an extraordinary beauty. It has several types of habitats such as stunted forest, sparsely vegetated areas and the cloud forest. It has a history of eruptions where stands the eruption of 1910, which consisted of a huge cloud of ash that rose to 8,000 meters. Poas is a composite basaltic volcano that rises to 2708 meters high. Since 1989 it has significantly increased the emission of gases causing acid rain that has damaged the flora in some areas of the park and the area surrounding agricultural plantations.

Poas volcano National Park - Lake Botos
Poás volcano National Park - Lake Botos

At the top there are two craters. The main with 1.5Km in diameter and 300 of depth, has in its background a circular hot lagoon about 350 meters in diameter and cinder cone or Domica structure that rises about 40 meters above the lagoon and presented very active fumaroles. The second crater is home to the Botos Lagoon, cold water and rain origin, which empties into the Caribbean by the Angel River, a tributary of the Sarapiqui River. Currently the volcano emits a lot of gases and steam from different fumaroles located inside the crater cone.

Soda
Soda next to the road in Atenas

(in 55 Km.) Grecia: On the way to the Pacific coast we stop to eat in this city. Although we don´t stop to visit its attractions, we got a good memory because we enjoyed a lot the meal. We stopped to eat in the soda of the picture, where we could enjoy a tasty and inexpensive meal of Mexican style, especially the nachos with chicken.

Sunset at Jaco
Sunset at Jacó

(in 76 Km.) Jacó: We reached the Pacific coast, where is located the village that most people come from San Jose to enjoy its beaches. The Costanera is the road along the coast that goes towards the Manuel Antonio National Park. Stands along the road Hermosa Beach, Quepos and various beaches where surfing.

(in 65 Km.) Quepos: We got to sleep in this village that will serve as a base for excursions in the coming days.

 

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