volcanoes in costa rica

Costa Rica is a seismic country located on the infamous Pacific Rim of Fire. The nation is home to more than 100 volcanic formations, seven of which are active.

The last significant eruption in the country was that of the Arenal Volcano (previously deemed a mountain), in 1968. Today, the area around Arenal is a popular tourist hotspot, featuring thermal hot springs, luxury hotels and adventure tours.

top volcanoes in costa rica

Arenal is not the only volcano you can visit during your vacation. Below are some of the other popular volcanoes to visit thanks to the infrastructure that has been developed in the area.


One of the most active volcanoes in the world, Arenal features a conical shape and small lava eruptions every 45 minutes on average.

rincon de la vieja

A million-year-old volcano with nine craters, Rincon de la Vieja is surrounded by thermal waters, fumeroles and mud pits.


Poas boasts the second largest crater in the world. A great day trip from San Jose, the park offers paved trails, a restaurant and lookout points.


The tallest of Costa Rica’s volcanoes, Irazu can be extremely cold at the top. The volcano is known for its large green, sulphurous lagoon.


Turrialba, located near the Irazu volcano in Cartago, has been one of the most active in recent years, emitting clouds of volcanic ash.