I am a nerd when it comes to nature and some of the awe-inspiring things this planet has shown me. I was in Costa Rica to explore everything this cool country has to offer. The trip started out with a visit to a volcano. I had intended on visiting the Poas volcano, except it was sort-of erupting and venting some nasty gasses. Of course I didn’t find this out until I got to the entrance… #fail. The next stop was the neighboring active volcano named Irazu.
Irazu Volcano National Park
Irazu is an active volcano standing 11,260 ft (3,432m) above sea level and is typically shrouded in clouds and dense fog. It is a popular spot to visit year round and even better when you’re not stuck in the clouds.
I began the 2 hour trip up the mountain with my GPS, fully charged camera and shorts. The trip up the mountain yielded views of thick cloud cover and dense fog – ingredients that don’t make for great pictures. No more than 15 minutes after arriving at the summit, the cloud cover broke and gave way to a cold and sunny day.
Quick note on the weather...
San Jose was 86 degrees (30C) and the summit of Irazu was 51 degrees (10C) and I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt. Not my smartest moment.
Quick word on safety...
Irazu is a national park, but it is important to remember that Irazu is an ACTIVE volcano. When you arrive, they make you back in your car for quick escapes should the volcano decide to erupt.
In every direction, it was not only amazing, but humbling. The ability to stand on the edge of something so powerful and destructive really gives you a sense of how significant this planet is and how insignificant humans are. Irazu last erupted in 1994 and has been relatively quiet since. Look closely when you visit, there’s still remnants from the 1994 eruption – as seen by the dented, mangled railing.