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The Poas Volcano National Park
The Poas Volcano National park was established in 1971. It has become the most popular park in the Country of Costa Rica. It is located in the northwest region of the central valley. Approx 30 miles northwest of San Jose (about a 2 hour ride).

The Volcano itself has a few different cones/craters, the main a cone has three sides. You can see into the main crater through a outlook post at the open end of the rim.  There you can see the acid (sulfer-rich) lake at the bottom of the main crater.

North of the active crater, the Von Frantzius cone is the oldest eruptive center at the top of the massif.

Just southeast of the main crater you will find a colapsed cone filled by rainwater to form Botos Lake.

Poas Volcano Facts
Maximum Height: 2.708 meters above sea level
Main Crater Diameter: 1.320 meters
Main Crater Depth: 300 meters
Laguna Botos Diameter: 400 meters
Average Temperature: 12 c
Average Rainfall: 3.500 mm per year
Schedule:
May-November - 8am-3:30pm
December-April - 8am - 4:30pm
 
On the Slopes of the Poas Volcano the are a few small towns and villages.
The City of Sarchi is well known for hand painted ox-carts and wooden crafts.
Also near the City of Sarchi is the Town of Grecia, Zarcero's cool manicured gardens, World of Snakes Serpentarium.
 
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