Posted by: danielfee | November 29, 2011

Travel Photo of the Day 11-29-2011

Irazu Volcano – Costa Rica

 At 11,260 feet the Irazu Volcano is historically one of the more active volcanoes in Costa Rica. Although its last eruption occurred in March 1963, so chances are good it won’t erupt during your visit. There are very few active volcanoes in the world where you have easy access to the crater. Located just 55 miles from San Jose there are paved roads to the rim of the crater, which is more than you can say for many other areas of Costa Rica. The Main Crater, with its green lagoon, is almost circular with very steep inclined walls. It measures 3,440 feet in diameter and is 980 feet deep.  From the top it is possible to see both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans on a clear day. However, such clear days are very rare and we did not get one on our visit. It is more typical for the volcano’s summit to be covered in cloud for much of the time, which is what we saw as the clouds moved in over the crater.

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