How hot can your adventure really get? Well, how will you know if you don’t hike up a volcano? In Costa Rica, there are five active and 61 dormant volcanoes, lush with vegetation and basically a treat to the senses. So, if you didn’t have this on your bucket list, let us help you make plans already! P.S. These are absolutely safe! By Shubhanjana Das

1. Poás Volcano

Located at the Central Highlands of Costa Rica, Poas reaches a maximum elevation of 2,708m. The one-mile diameter sulphuric pool emits smoke and makes Poas one of Costa Rica’s most active volcanoes till this day. However, the last time it erupted was on 1910. On a sunny day, a hike to the summit promises the view of the Atlantic and the Pacific along with the steaming craters.

2. Irazu Volcano

The tallest volcano of the country, Irazu, reaches a height of 3,432m and is also located in the Central Highlands of Costa Rica. While this one’s a tad bit easier to climb, given that most of it is drive-able, the views are no less stunning. Irazu has a number of spectacular craters whose mineral-rich nature imparts a character of being multicoloured, from emerald green to crimson red.

3. Rincón de la Vieja Volcano

Part of the nine contiguous volcanoes in the Rincón de La Vieja National Park, this cinder cone volcano is located in the Guanacaste Region of Costa Rica. The 6-mile hike to the summit is anything but easy and charts an ascent of 5,000 steep, vertical feet. If you can make your way through the last two difficult kilometres, views of tropical forest and the countryside await you.

4. Tenorio Volcano

The Tenorio erects from among the forests in the Guanacaste region to a height of 1,916m and is surrounded by enchanting tropical cover, geysers and hot springs. A walk through the cloud forest to the top, a forest-lined crater lake, and an absolute sense of fulfillment awaits you at Tenorio.

5. Turrialba Volcano

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“𝙑𝙞𝙖𝙟𝙖𝙧 𝙚𝙨 𝙪𝙣𝙖 𝙗𝙧𝙪𝙩𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙙𝙖𝙙. 𝑻𝒆 𝒐𝒃𝒍𝒊𝒈𝒂 𝒂 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒇𝒊𝒂𝒓 𝒆𝒏 𝒆𝒙𝒕𝒓𝒂ñ𝒐𝒔 𝒚 𝒂 𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒅𝒆𝒓 𝒅𝒆 𝒗𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒂 𝒕𝒐𝒅𝒐 𝒍𝒐 𝒒𝒖𝒆 𝒕𝒆 𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒖𝒍𝒕𝒂 𝒇𝒂𝒎𝒊𝒍𝒊𝒂𝒓 𝒚 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒕𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝒅𝒆 𝒕𝒖𝒔 𝒂𝒎𝒊𝒈𝒐𝒔 𝒚 𝒕𝒖 𝒄𝒂𝒔𝒂. 𝑬𝒔𝒕á𝒔 𝒕𝒐𝒅𝒐 𝒆𝒍 𝒕𝒊𝒆𝒎𝒑𝒐 𝒆𝒏 𝒅𝒆𝒔𝒆𝒒𝒖𝒊𝒍𝒊𝒃𝒓𝒊𝒐. 𝑵𝒂𝒅𝒂 𝒆𝒔 𝒕𝒖𝒚𝒐 𝒆𝒙𝒄𝒆𝒑𝒕𝒐 𝒍𝒐 𝒎á𝒔 𝒆𝒔𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒊𝒂𝒍: 𝒆𝒍 𝒂𝒊𝒓𝒆, 𝒍𝒂𝒔 𝒉𝒐𝒓𝒂𝒔 𝒅𝒆 𝒅𝒆𝒔𝒄𝒂𝒏𝒔𝒐, 𝒍𝒐𝒔 𝒔𝒖𝒆ñ𝒐𝒔, 𝒆𝒍 𝒎𝒂𝒓, 𝒆𝒍 𝒄𝒊𝒆𝒍𝒐; 𝒕𝒐𝒅𝒂𝒔 𝒂𝒒𝒖𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒂𝒔 𝒄𝒐𝒔𝒂𝒔 𝒒𝒖𝒆 𝒕𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒏 𝒉𝒂𝒄𝒊𝒂 𝒍𝒐 𝒆𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒏𝒐 𝒐 𝒉𝒂𝒄𝒊𝒂 𝒍𝒐 𝒒𝒖𝒆 𝒊𝒎𝒂𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒂𝒎𝒐𝒔 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒐 𝒕𝒂𝒍”. – 𝑪𝒆𝒔𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝑷𝒂𝒗𝒆𝒔𝒆 Ayer fue un Domingo cargado de "ride's life" y de muchos volcanes. En la tarde volcán Irazu con Vista al volcán Turrialba. Y en la noche el volcán Turrialba con vista a la impresionante Vía Láctea! Ambas vistas dejan sin palabras… . . . . . . . #travelgram #travelphotography #traveller#travelingram #travelphoto #travelbug #traveladdict#travelling #traveltheworld #travellife #travelpics #costarica #motivacion #globetrotter #mytravelgram#adventuretime #passionpassport #igtravel#instanature #instatravel #instatraveling#instapassport #wonderful_places #wanderlust#worldtraveler #beautifuldestinations #backpacker#earthpix #lonelyplanet #explorer

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If you had to climb just one peak and rest your eyes on the splendid view of two more volcanoes, then this it. On a clear day, the 3,328m ascent will end with a view of the Atlantic coast and the Barva, Poás, and Irazú volcanoes. The last eruption was recorded at 1866, although mild activities continue. Turrialba is located along the south-eastern part of the Central Volcanic Corridor.

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