The main volcanic peak of this park rises 6300 feet above sea level and its steep slopes are densely cloaked by forest up to near the top. The main crater contains a blue lake in its center, and has numerous fumaroles (vents) along its walls that release hot sulfurous steam. In the 1980’s and 1990’s the volcano had several small but powerful eruptions, and such intermittent eruptions will likely continue into the distant future. In the lowlands below in an area that extends over 125 acres is a landscape of mixed open scrub vegetation and forest covering a network of hot steam vents, bubbling “mud pots”, and hot water rivers. Extending back from this section are forests with ancient trees and home to spider monkeys, howling monkeys, white-faced capuchin monkeys, agoutis, leaf-cutter ants, toucans, morpho butterflies and other creatures great and small. On this tour, you will walk on trails in the park (entrance fees included) with a guide to explore this unusual landscape of steaming forests and boiling earth!
Get a firsthand account of contemporary Costa Rican life and an absorbing lesson about our history. The Walking City Tour is an intimate and authentic perspective of our capitol city. You interact and participate in the daily life of the city; not only seeing but hearing, tasting, smelling, and feeling the rhythm of our city. Our knowledgeable and professional guides are enthusiastic about sharing our multicultural heritage with you!