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Day 9 Manuel Antonio - Irazu Volcano National Park - San José (270 Km.)

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We left Quepos towards Jaco, and from there up to the highlands. We passed the bridge overTarcoles river, from which it is customary to see a group of crocodiles resting on the banks of river mud. Throughout the climb to San Jose we are seeing different coffee plantations. Once we got to San Jose, we headed to the town of Cartago, to start the climb from there drive to the top of Irazu.

Coffee plantation
Coffee plantation

(in 219 Km.) Parque Nacional Volcán Irazú: Irazu Volcano National Park is located on the Central Volcanic Conservation Area, 31 km northeast of the city of Cartago. Irazu is an active volcano with a long history of eruptions and eruptive cycles. With its 3432 m above sea level it is the highest volcano in Costa Rica and received its name from the word "Iaratzu" in Indian dialect means "noisy mountain." His last strong eruption was in 1963. The Crater Principal lake has an unusual greenish yellow coloring caused by rainfall dissolving the minerals along the craters walls.

Irazú Volcano National Park - Main Crater
Irazú Volcano N.P. - Main crater

The Irazú is a stratovolcano (distinct layers of volcanic material) with subconical irregular shape, strombolian characteristics (with violent eruptions) and five distinct craters. The most important by its recent activity are the main crater, almost circular and steep walls. It measures 1050 meters in diameter and 300 meters deep. The Diego de La Haya crater has 600 meters in diameter and 100 meters deep.

Irazú Volcano National Park - Diego de la Haya crater
Irazú Volcano National Park - Diego de la Haya crater

(in 51 Km.) San José: After visiting the park we descend from the top of the volcano, stopping to eat halfway. We eat in a restaurant decorated with news about different eruptions. Back we crossed by the city of Cartago and arrived at the hotel in San Jose, from where we started a three-day excursion to Tortuguero National Park.


 

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