Paos Volcano and Waterfall
Trip Start Aug 15, 2008
22Trip End ??? ??, 2009
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Heading out of San Jose we started to ascend the mountainous terrain of the park itself. On most of the ascents in Costa Rica you will find coffee plantations (what with being Costa Rica's biggest export) and on our journey up to the park this was no exception. We stopped for a delightful cup of cappuccino (for which I have taken many of the past couple of weeks since arriving) and took in the sights of the valley below and the distant metropolis hat is San Jose.
The park itself stands at 2,708 meters with its main focus being the vast crater of Poas Volcano (1,320 metres) with its wide sloping sides descending for 300 metres
It was a beautiful sunny morning so we hoped that we would be able to have some good views at the top and as you can see from the photos we were very lucky.
After leaving the main crater we then ascended up a 1km trail which left us all quite breathless to the the National Park's second crater (see photos) which as you can see was less active but again very beautiful.
From leaving the park our intention was to head to La Paz Waterfall Gardens however as we neared the entrance the heavens opened. As we were not suitability dressed for the occasion we all decided that we could live without the 2 mile grueling trek through the forests.....well this plus the $30 per person price tag. On the drive down to our lunch we did stumble across one of the waterfalls (as you can see on one of the photos) and for me this was a far dryer, cheaper and better option than the aforementioned.
We stopped off for dinner at Jose and Marie's favourite restaurant in the close vicinity of the park. It was a beautiful restaurant set in stunning gardens and great views. The food was plentiful and very received - especially in light of a slightly dodgy tum first thing in the morning.