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The Irazú Volcano (Spanish: Volcán Irazú) is an active volcano in Costa Rica, situated in the Cordillera Central close to the city of Cartago. The volcano has several craters, two of which are the principal attractions.
The larger of the two are 275 m deep, as steam rises up into the air giving visitors at nearby viewing stations an amazing sight to behold.
There is a nice landscape on the way to the volcano, with many spots worth to stop and enjoy the view.
The smaller crater, Diego de la Haya, dips below the surface 91m as its mineral-rich lake astonishingly transforms its colour from green to red. On a clear day, the Pacific and Caribbean are visible.
The volcano's summit has several craters, one of which contains Diego de la Haya, a green crater lake of variable depth. At 11,260 feet (3,432 m), the Irazú Volcano is the highest active volcano in Costa Rica.
The landscape of Irazu Volcano National Park (Parque Nacional Volcan Irazu) flourishes on 5,705 acres (2,300 ha) of immaculate montane forest, mainly comprised of primary, secondary and cloud forest.
From San Jose, head east 14 miles (23 km) to the nation's former capital, Cartago. From there it is 24 miles (39 km) to Irazu Volcano National Park. The roads are in good condition and signs mark the route clearly.
It is easily visited from San José, with a road leading right up to the summit craters and a weekly bus service to the top. It is thus a popular tourist spot. The volcano summit also spots a few television transmitters for television stations in San José.
Although the wildlife is often difficult to see because of the constant volcanic activity, many small animals make their home within the park's perimeters.
The facilities include bathrooms, picnic tables and even a place to get food and warm drinks, which can be nice since the average temperature is a chilly 45ºF (7.2ºC). Upon visiting, it is not uncommon to see frost sprinkle the lunar-like landscape.
Coyotes, squirrels, armadillos, rabbits, foxes, owls, robins, woodpeckers, even the volcano junco and volcano hummingbird all manage to dwell here on this rugged terrain. The area around the crater is barren, lacking any vegetation as the ashy earth below gives evidence to previous volcanic eruptions.
From the top it is possible to see both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans on a clear day. However, such clear days are rare, and the volcano's summit is usually cloud-covered.
To avoid the wettest months, the best time to visit is during March and April, although cool temperatures and high winds are common year round. The park is open seven days a week from 8 am to 3 pm and it is recommended to visit early in the morning as clouds are known to engulf the summit later on in the day.
The entrance fee is $7 for tourist and camping is not allowed. The fee is less for local people.
The drive up through the hills provides an excellent opportunity to see the Central Valley below. The turnoff for Irazu is well marked and right before Tierra Blanca.
The name could come from either the combination of "ara" (point) and "tzu" (thunder or a corruption of Iztarú, which was the name of an indigenous village on the flanks of the volcano. In Costa Rica it is known by the name of "El Coloso" (The Colossus) due to the catastrophes that it has provoked in the past.
The volcano is contained within the Irazú Volcano National Park, which spreads across 5,705 acres (2,300 ha). The national park contains both primary and secondary montage forests and is home to armadillos, owls, rabbits, foxes, woodpeckers, and hummingbirds.
Crime is increasing in Costa Rica and tourists are citizens are frequent victims. While petty theft is the main problem, armed robberies have been known to occur during the evening hours and night and even in broad daylight.
Criminals often operate in small groups, but may also operate alone. While most crimes are non-violent, some criminals have shown a greater tendency in recent years to use violence.
Many gated communities and condo complexes in Costa Rica have metal gates, restricted access and no bars on the windows.
Many business and homes in poorer neighbourhoods use razor wire.
People can’t afford burglar alarms, bars on their windows or security guards so razor wire is a cheap solution.
Most homes don't have zip codes or addresses in Costa Rica. PO Box at the local post office are available, but buying things online is a tricky one as you may find yourself paying extra on purchases in order for them to get through customs.
Most address in Costsa Rica are like, two blocks south from where the big mango tree used to grow next to the church! unbelievable but true.
Some areas have home delivery, some don't. You will need to check to find out if the place you rented has it available.
The Costa Rican Post Office, Correos de Costa Rica, also has a similar service known as "Box Correo". You will have a Miami address so you don't have to pay international shipping charges. The mail service will then fly your mail to San Jose where you can either pick it up or arrange to have it delivered to your home. If you ask The Costa Rican Post Office, Correos de Costa Rica, they will have it delivered to your nearest Correos de Costa Rica and it will be delivered to your house for an additional fee.
The other choice is to get a post office box and have your stuff delivered there and pick it up.
All road in Costa Rica Escazu are beautifully designed.
As you would imagine, the property value are very high. Its known that many famous people own houses in this area
businesses are flourishing
reminds you of a shopping mall in Californian
with many artwork around.
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