There is so much to see in this area. The Poas Volcano is almost mandatory. This is one of the few active volcanoes where you can go to the edge of the crater, and look down. There is a small lake at the bottom, and the vent is there. You can actually see the lake change color due to the gas entering from the bottom. The growth of the plant life around the crater is actually stunted by the gas, creating a dwarf cloudforest. Important note: If you plan to visit the National Park, please give us advance notice. Due to recent activity, they are limiting how many people get into this area each day. So plan ahead, and we can get your tickets and guide ahead of time.
The Poas region is also known for the outstanding La Paz Waterfall Gardens. This is one of the most visited destinations in Costa Rica, and for good reason. There are several stunning waterfalls, a world class aviary, an animal rescue, butterfly flight cage, hummingbird gardens, serpentarium, and so much more. It is also the site of the deluxe Peace Lodge. This is a hotel that would stand out anywhere. But putting it in the gardens really completes the equation. When planning a honeymoon, or high end family experience, The Peace Lodge has to be in the conversation. You can also purchase a day pass when staying at another area hotel or in San Jose.
If you stay in this region, you can be among the first in the National Park on the morning of your visit. This is important, because the volcano is usually socked in by fog well before noon. Staying in the area makes your early morning visit easier.
Poas also offers some stunning bird watching. You are at over 5000 feet! So lots of species are here, that you may not see elsewhere in the country. Also if you are here at the right time of year, you may have the opportunity to try some luscious Poas strawberries. This is a little exotic for Costa Rica, as there are not that many regions in the country that are suitable for this crop. In season, you will see the farmers all along the roadside, selling these plump beauties. We have picked up strawberries to bring to friends in low lying areas. Always a welcome treat.
The Poas Region is just a short drive to the Sarapiqui region, or the Arenal Volcano. With it’s convenient location, this is the perfect spot to begin or end your Costa Rica vacation!
The Peace Lodge at La Paz Waterfall Gardens
The Poas Lodge