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June 3, 2010
From journal Costa Rica
August 14, 2008
From journal The Green and Gold of Costa Rica
July 29, 2005
The volcano is not a replacement for Arenal, especially if you're hoping to see hot lava. In this aspect, Poas may well disappoint. However, the grandiose size of this volcano is sure to impress. Poas hasn't erupted lately, but last time it did, it took out entire towns.
Visiting the Volcano
From the visitor's center, there is one paved trail that goes up to the volcano viewing point. There are several lookouts here, and if you're lucky, you will see the crater. I'm told that some people never see the crater due to clouds. Poas wasn't showing us its most beautiful colors that day, but we did see the fumarolas sending up their smoke from the wide crater.
From there, you can follow a trail to the old site of the volcano, now a lake. It is called Botos Lagoon. The trees near the lakeside grow stunted because the lake water is not conducive to life.
All told, it will take no more than an hour and a half to visit this volcano. Don't plan to spend an entire day here! Fortunately, it is quite common to combine a trip to Poas with a trip to one of the nearby coffee plantations.
The visitor's center has restrooms, the ubiquitous gift shop, and an educational area. The exhibits are in both English and Spanish.
From journal Adventurous Honeymoon in Costa Rica
March 6, 2001
There is a second trail, which lead to Laguna Botas that was formed as a collapsed cone that is continually filled with fresh rainwater. The vegetation surrounding it is such a contrast to Poas, which is less a mile away, it is outstanding. The only real way to grasp this is by getting a postcard that indicates how close these two are to each other.
The entrance fee is $8 and it is open from 8:00a-3:30p. There is a very extensive visitor center that includes slide shows, flora and fauna identification, current monitoring of activity, a Richter scale and much more.
From journal Up in the Cloud Forest