Poas Volcano & La Paz Waterfalls

Depart Atenas: 7:00 a.m.
Drive time: 1 hour 45 min. each way
Volcano Poás tour: 1.5 hours
La Paz Gardens: 3 hours
Total tour time: 8 hours
** Prices do not include entrance fees & lunch.

This excellent full-day tour takes you up through the rainforest and cloud forest on the northern edge of the Central Valley to the top of Poás Volcano, to visit the third largest volcanic crater in the world – nearly 3/4 of a mile in diameter. At Poás Volcano National Park, located at a cool 8,885 ft. above sea level, a flat paved pathway leads you to the crater rim. The active volcano is constantly emitting sulfur fumes and steam. Your guide will point out the many plant species unique to the tropical cloud forest ecosystem along your walk. La Paz Waterfall Gardens is an amazing rainforest park with 3.5 km of hiking trails, five magnificent waterfalls, and live wildlife exhibits that include a butterfly conservatory, an aviary, monkeys, jungle cats, rainforest frogs, Serpentarium, an orchid display, and a historic Costa Rican farmhouse that dates back to 1900. It’s an ideal spot for everyone from active seniors to small children (there are even special children’s activities), since the trails are smooth and well-maintained.