Irazu National park is one of 4 volcano parks located near Alajuela, Costa Rica. It is unique from the others because:
1) It is the highest of the 4.
2) It is the only place in Central America that you can see both the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean at one time.
As you can tell by the first picture, the view of both the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans was not going to occur this day!
The area of Irazu is interesting. Looking straight at the main crater of the volcano, there are 3 lava areas that are in the process of being reclaimed with vegetation and animals.
There is one-off to the left, the highest of the 3.
Then there is the one to the right, and that is the lowest of the 3.
The 3rd, is off the path that the visitor takes to view the main crater, and the visitor may walk around in this area.
This is a panorama picture of the 3rd area, and you can see the trees and vegetation slowly taking back the land that was lost to it, the last time Irazu erupted.
After hiking around the rim and up to the highest point at the Irazu National Park, I posed for a few photos of myself. I needed to just be still for a bit! (I know, lucky the camera didn’t break!)
So, now that you’ve seen me, lets look at the main crater at Irazu National Park!
The view of the crater area from atop the cell phone tower site.
There is a whole ecological process in the volcano areas. What plants come in first, along with different types of birds and animals. It is Mother Nature’s way of keeping things turning in the world.
Depending on the area of the world the volcano is in, will decide the process that nature goes through to reclaim the land.
There was a sign in the tourist shop that stated there were wood carving birds in the area, but I never laid eyes on one. A very unique animal, if spotted!
Then there was the pinote, the unofficial greeter at the parking area. If you had something to feed it, he/she was your best friend!
In all, a good park to visit. Ample hiking area, good views of the surrounding valley and mountains.
You must get up there in the early hours, as clouds usually move in during the latter morning/early afternoon hours!
If you’re interested in volcanos, just want to see one of the top 10 active volcanos in the world, or want a chance to see both the Atlantic Ocean and the pacific Ocean at one place – this is your place.
The last picture is the view of the valley one has to drive through to reach Irazu National Park.
Cheers for now!