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Starts in
San José
Departure time
Approx 5:40 to 6:30 am
11 hours
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The Turrialba Volcano is located in the Central Mountain Range of Costa Rica and reaches an altitude of 10,955 feet.

It is one of the most unique active volcanoes in Costa Rica in that trekkers are able to hike down inside the main crater and explore and observe the life and views from inside the volcano.

The Turrialba Volcano in Cartago, Costa Rica  Frequent gas liberation occurs in the crater  The crater of the Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica

We start the tour from Turrialba where we load into our 4-wheel drive transport and head north to the volcano. During the 1 hour and 45 minute drive to the crater you will be amazed at the views of the Turrialba valley and by the landscape as we get closer to the top of the volcano.

You will be leaving the tropical jungle behind and climbing into the beautiful high-elevation cloud forest and beyond that to the páramo. As you climb into the clouds you will feel like you are leaving Costa Rica behind as the temperature gets colder and the vegetation changes dramatically.

Once we arrive at the top, we begin the hike down into the crater. On the way down you see a number of very interesting plants that only grow in this high altitude and unique climate. Once in the crater, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the Caribbean coastline of Costa Rica.

After taking a few minutes to enjoy this view, we continue the hike down where you can begin to see the three distinct craters that make up the cone of the volcano.

The oldest of the craters is thousands of years old and is no longer active and the youngest one is less than 200 years old. This youngest crater has been becoming increasingly active over the last five years and you will be able to see how this activity is affecting the fragile vegetation of the crater.

After hiking around and in the craters we will hike back out of the crater and have a snack before heading back down to Turrialba.

The Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica

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