How Many Volcanoes Are There in Costa Rica?

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Volcanoes in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has a worldwide reputation as being an awesome destination for thrilling vacations that include exploring, climbing, and just marveling at the sight of magnificent volcanoes. Volcanoes are one of the biggest tourist attractions of this country as they capture the attention of both tourists and scientists from around the world.

There are 6 active volcanoes as well as 61 extinct or dormant volcanoes in Costa Rica. The most popular volcanoes are also the most active.

The following are the 6 active volcanoes of Costa Rica:

1. Arenal Volcano

Arenal Volcano is the most renowned and photographed volcano of Costa Rica. It is well-known for its regular lava flows that were clearly visible on certain nights. Although this volcano has not spewed its fiery and spectacular display since 2010, it’s base camp town of La Fortuna is considered one of the most popular adventure destinations of Costa Rica.

Arenal volcano

2. Irazú Volcano

Situated near the city of Cartago, east of San José, Irazú Volcano is one of the most photogenic volcanoes of Costa Rica thanks to its shimmering blue-green lake at its center. With a height of 11,260 feet above sea level, it is also the tallest volcano of Costa Rica. There are five craters of Irazú Volcano and its largest and the main crater spans 3,345 feet. It has been active for over 500 years. That being said, the volcano was last active on 19th March, 1963.

Irazú volcano

3. Rincón de la Vieja Volcano

There’s nothing better than the magnificent Rincón de Vieja Volcano if you want to get active near Tamarindo. Situated about 14 miles northeast of Liberia, this 1-million-year-old volcano has one of Costa Rica’s hottest national park trails. The trail starts at Las Pailas and shows off some of the best attractions of the park.

Rincon de la Vieja volcano

4. Turrialba Volcano

Sitting adjacent to Irazú Volcano, Turrialba is another powerful, active stratovolcano that has transformed from sleeping giant to explosively and surprisingly eruptive over the last half-decade. Nowadays, it is the most active volcano of Costa Rica, coughing steam and ash every few weeks. There are three distinct craters of Turrialba Volcano.

Turrialba volcano

5. Poás Volcano

Otherworldly craters, impressive views, and accessibility make Poás Volcano the primary attraction at the most popular national park of the country. The volcano has erupted many times over the past century, however its activity is usually limited to puffing snorts of steam and fumaroles. Poás Volcano has the second widest crater in the world. The crater’s 1000-foot deep, bright blue lake is the largest volcanic lagoon in the world.

Poás volcano

6. Tenorio Volcano

Standing 6,287 feet tall, Tenorio Volcano is home to two magnificent craters and four volcanic peaks. The volcano presides over primary cloud forest, scenic miradors, lagoons, waterfalls, several rivers, small geysers, thermal hot springs, and tropical rainforest.

tenorio volcano

Volcanoes are a sight to witness, particularly if you are lucky enough to be around one in one of its eruptions. The magnificent sight and glory of volcanoes make us smaller in awe, with their ashes that remind us that our planet is, in fact, alive.

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