Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfalls

Poas Volcano is a powerful symbol of the geothermal forces that formed Costa Rica. Poas Volcano is located 1.5 hours northwest of San Jose, getting there you enjoy the winding roads full of coffee and flower farms.

With well maintained trails, roads and lookout points this is one the most visited Volcanoes by families in Costa Rica because of the ease of accessibility. There are 2 crater lakes, although the lakes are home to virtually no species because of the acidity levels. They are rain-fed, sulphuric pools that still bubble and emit smoke into the air.

Poas Volcano has erupted 39 times since 1828. In Poas Volcano National park there are 79 species of birds including the robin, the hummingbird and the spectacular quetzal. Among the mammals found here, are the coyotes, long-tailed weasels, skunks and some small felines.

The La Paz Waterfall Gardens are located on the slopes of the Poas Volcano, this area allows both cloud and rainforest to co-exist because of the elevation of 4,000-5,000 feet.

At La Paz Waterfall Gardens be prepared to experience the largest butterfly observatory in the world (the length of a football field) where butterflies fly freely, hummingbird gardens, serpentarium, frog pond and 5 majestic waterfalls. The serpentarium is home to 30 different species of snakes found all over Costa Rica.

La Paz has 3 kilometers of paved trails that wrap around the 5 waterfalls, each with their own platform to view and refresh in the mist from the waterfalls.