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Volcanoes

 

Irazú, Turrialba, and Poás are the 3 active volcanoes within very few miles of Finca Rosa Blanca. Barva Volcano lies directly above the resort and is considered to be the largest in land mass of all the 292 documented volcanoes in Costa Rica. Join us in exploring these beautiful mountains and cloud forests on foot, zip line, mountain bike and horses. Discover wild rivers and cascading waterfalls, big cats, quetzals, tapirs and eagles.

 

Barva Volcano

 

Barva Volcano is located within the northwest area of Braulio Carillo, National Park. Over 9,500 feet above sea level, rugged mountains, dormant volcanoes, deep canyons, swollen rivers, and seemingly interminable clouds, characterize Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo, The 118,000 Acre Park (84 percent of which is primary forest) extends from 9,530 feet above sea level atop Barva Volcano down to 118 feet at La Selva, in Sarapiquí in the Caribbean lowlands. We have a close relationship with the “Parque Volcán Barva” and we can arrange extraordinary tours and hikes of all categories within the park and to the various lagoons of the crater. Finca Rosa Blanca has assisted the park management by writing and printing brochures, helped with trail maintenance, and general technical and life support.

 

 

 

Did you know?

A volcano is considered “active” if it has had an eruption in the last 200 years. It is considered ‘dormant” if it has had an eruption between 200 and 500 years ago. The rest are considered “extinct” if they have not had an eruption for 500 years.

Poás Volcano

 

Poás Volcano (8,788 ft or 2,708 m) is a still active, but tranquil volcano with seven craters that are over 8,000 years old. The seven craters that make up the formation are 25,000 years old. The second largest crater in the world- bubbling with active fumaroles contains a simmering lake that is almost a mile wide and 1000 feet deep. This live volcano had major eruptions as recent as 1953. The Crater Lake is one of the most acidic lakes in the world because of hydrochloric and sulfuric acid in the water from the percolating gas emissions. The Poas Volcano National Park contains a dwarf cloud forest and you can stand on the Continental Divide meaning rain to the left flows to the Pacific Ocean and rain falling on the right flows to the Caribbean Sea.

 

 

Did you know?

A Crater Lake is actually a Caldera which is defined as a large, roughly circular bowl-like crater left after a violent volcanic explosion or the collapse of a volcanic cone. Calderas are typically much wider in diameter than the openings of the vents from which they were formed. When they fill with water from rainfall, a lake is formed.

Irazú Volcano

 

The name Irazú comes from the Native Indian word “Iztaru” which translates to “mountain of fear”. Reaching 11,256 feet, Irazú Volcano is Costa Rica’s highest volcano with four craters, each with its own fascinating characteristics. At its massive base this volcano mountain makes up 1% of the land mass of Costa Rica and it has a green lake in its caldera. The volcano was active for two years in 1963 and deposited over 10,000 tons of ash per month on the Central Valley below. On a clear day you can see both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

 

 

 

Did you know?

Volcanic ash consists of fragments of pulverized rock, minerals and volcanic glass and is formed during explosive volcanic eruptions when dissolved gases in magma expand and escape violently into the atmosphere. The force of the escaping gas shatters the magma and propels it into the atmosphere where it solidifies into fragments of volcanic rock and glass.
In 1963/64, ash from Irazu Volcano was deposited mostly along a zone that extended westward from the summit to beyond the city of San Jose, 24 km away. The prolonged ashfall severely damaged dairy, vegetable, and coffee farms, and for a while made daily life in the Central Valley extremely difficult. Accelerated runoff of rainwater from the ash-covered slopes of the volcano caused destructive floods, mudflows, and landslides.

Turrialba Volcano

 

This volcano is located in the far western part of the Central Volcanic Mountain range and is the second highest volcano in the country. It is the only national park where you can walk into an actual volcanic boiling pit. From various points on the peak and on a clear day, you can see the Caribbean coastal lands, the massifs of the Braulio Carrillo National Park, the Poás volcano, the Turrialba valley, and even Mount Chirripó.

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