The Irazú volcano is an active stratovolcano located in Costa Rica, in the Cordillera Volcánica Central, in the interior of the national park that bears its name, about 32 km north of the city of Cartago. Its summit, at an altitude of 3,432 meters above sea level, is located in the district of Santa Rosa, in the Canton of Oreamuno, Carthage Province.
The summit of the volcano has several craters, one of which contains a green lake of varying depth. It is the highest active volcano in Costa Rica. It’s easy to visit from San Jose, via a direct path to the summit craters and a daily bus service to the summit. It is a very popular tourist spot.
From its summit and during a clear day, it is possible to see both coasts, the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific. However, clear days at the summit are very rare, as most of the time it remains covered with clouds.
On the way to this volcano, it is common to observe the great agricultural and livestock activity that occurs in this area, which capture the attention of tourists on the sides of the road, such as the Tierra Blanca de Carthage, in addition to visiting sites of interest such as the S Durán Anatorio, Prussian Park, among others.