San Jose

Poas Volcano National Park Half day tour from San Jose

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From USD 110.00

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 6 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover the beauty of the Poas Volcano on a small-group tour from San Jose. Ascend the imposing volcano and learn about the various crops grown on its slopes including coffee. Notice the changing vegetation as you make your way to the summit which stands at 8,885 feet (2,708 meters) and take in the views of the main crater surrounding area from the top.
  • Explore the Poas stratovolcano on a tour from San Jose
  • Learn about the geology and natural history of the volcano
  • Admire the views of the main crater and surrounding area
  • Enjoy a personalized experience with a maximum of 15 guests

What's Included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Bottled water
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Breakfast
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Start time

06:00 am

Pickup details

Travellers will be picked up at the Hotel or any other location in San Jose downtown, Heredia downtown or Alajuela downtown.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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29 reviews
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1/2 day tour
anthony_d, Feb 2023
I was super excited about this tour, I enjoyed the quick stop at the coffee plantation and enjoyed the included breakfast. But the weather was windy and misty at the volcano so wasn’t able to see the crater so that was a major bummer.
Great but could be Fantastic
CECILIA_Q, Feb 2023
It was a nice tour, they picked up on time and we have a nice trip to Poas VOLCANO. We stopped for breakfast but the waitress didn't speak English very well and he didn't understood when other tourists asked about other options for breakfast. I think they could do it much better. Unfortunately, the volcano area was very foggy but I enjoyed the walk.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Hello Cecilia, thank you for your comments, we are glad to know that even though it was foggy during the time of the visit , you had a good time Pura vida
A memorable experience
Margie_P, Aug 2022
It was a overcast day but clear enough to see everything when we visited. We went on a 1/2 day guided tour that picked us up from our hotel in San Jose and it was great.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Good to know you had a good time during the excursion . Thank you for sharing your experience !!!
Exceeded Expectations
Anonymous, July 2022
Smooth operations, knowledgeable guide, excellent drivers, a terrific breakfast, well-chosen stops, and a stunning time at the Poas volcano.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
we are happy to know everything went well and that you were able enjoy the excursion. Thank you for sharing your experience !!!
Magic view.
Kimberly_Z, June 2022
Freddie customized our trip based on our interests. We got a great view of the volcano. It materialize from the mist like magic, then disappeared again. Very special.
Response from Host, July 2022
We are glad to know you were able to see the volcano and that Freddie took very good care of you. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you !!
Wonderful Tour & Guide!
jfcarter52, May 2022
This was an amazing tour! The breakfast was delicious and volcano was beautiful. Ricardo was very friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely one of the best tour guides I've ever had!
Response from Host, June 2022
we are glad to know that your experience on the tour was the best. Thank you for sharing your impressions.
Awesome Guide
lcgeer, Apr 2022
We signed up for a half day tour and the guide went above and beyond taking us to a lunch spot and a coffee stop along the way. So nice to be driven up to the volcano and have information. We enjoyed the volcano and driving up from San Jose through all the eco zones.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
thank you for your comments.. It is good to know you enjoyed every part of the trip. Pura vida
quite expensive
Felix_L, Mar 2022
It is quite expensive for a view minutes at the crater, but it is a good view on the vulcano if the weather is good.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
thank you for your comment. Clearly the Volcano 90% of the year is visible and tourists have the opportunity to admire it in its splendor, but we still depend on nature and maybe sometimes as you mention a few minutes and then the clouds cover the crater. We still hope you enjoyed your day and we are grateful to have given us the opportunity to serve you. Pura vida
Would not recommend
Galia_W, Mar 2022
The guide was kind of rude and unpleasant. For the price ($100) I expected more. No breakfast, a short visit to a coffee farm. The entire tour felt rushed. I would book with a more reputable company next time.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
We regret that your experience has not been pleasant and we appreciate your comments as we try to improve every detail day by day for the satisfaction of our customers. Thanks a lot
Excellent!! Edgar was great
Alice_T, Mar 2022
Our guide was Edgar and he was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We booked the poas volcano tour and on our way he showed us the coffee plantation and we had a coffee. And on our way back he stopped at somewhere where we got strawberries! It was great. Would recommend!
Response from Host, Mar 2022
It is good to know that you enjoyed the tour and that Edgar did a good job.. thank you for sharing your comments and for giving us the opportunity to show a little of Costa Rica.. Pura vida
Beyond expectations
Dana_l, July 2021
The tour was amazing and beyond our expectations! Our guide took us to many places on the way to the volcano (coffee field, wine and cheese tasting) and had a lot of knowledge to share about Costa Rica. We had a great time and the tour lasted for about 5 hours
Response from Host, Aug 2021
Hello Dana. We are very happy to know that the tour was to your liking and that our guide your guide was up to the task of taking care of you on this day. Thank you very much for sharing your comments.
Great Tour
JohnWesley_M, May 2021
We had a great tour with Oscar. Although the volcano was cloud covered we enjoyed the informative tour. I’m glad we booked if.
Response from Host, May 2021
Hi John, thank you so much for your feedback. We are very happy to know that even though the Volcano was cloudy that day, the information and the tour was to your liking.
View into an active volcano’s crater!!!!
Rocky_M, Mar 2020
This is a must see experience while visiting San Jose. It is an active volcano, at our visit in February, the park just reopened after a two year closure due to an eruption. Entrance into the park is limited. You or your tour group MUST have a timed reservation. You will be required to wear a helmet, be escorted in a small group by a guide and only allowed at the top for 20 minutes. (Plenty of time) An ambulance type vehicle can transport the handicapped to the top. ALL concessions, and facilities except for restrooms at the entrance station are closed. No concessions or restrooms at the top. The view into the crater may be clouded over! Best to go early in the morning (by 9) and check the website and webcam for weather. If there are clouds... you will not see inside the crater! Or get your money back! If it is clear, the view is awesome! There are steam vents located around the crater’s lake that spew steam across the water and into the air. The desolate area around the crater edge shows the effects of the eruptions. Yellow paint circles the potholes made in the cement and metal railings from the last eruption. This tour stopped at a beautiful coffee plantation and we waited there until our appointed time.
Response from Host, Dec 2020
Dear Anna, Thank you very much for sharing your experience. We are happy to know that the tour and service provided met your expectations and that you had a good time during your visit to Poas Volcano. Once again, thank you for sharing your thoughts that will help others travelers
A place not to be missed
David_M, Mar 2020
Very good tour. Knowledge of guide, Oskar was very good and the place is magnificent. The day was very good planned, the time just suitable, long enough.
Response from Host, Mar 2020
Hello David... THank you so much for your comments and we are glad to know you had a great time at this excursion. . Pura vida !!!
Beautiful drive.
Paul_M, Feb 2020
Armando was a very professional driver, I felt comfortable the whole trip. It was nice to be a passenger instead of driving myself so that I could take in all the scenery from San Jose' to the volcano.
Response from Host, Feb 2020
Good morning. Thank you very much for your comments about the tour and the driver. We are glad to know that the trip was to your liking, that you felt safe and comfortable. Thanks again for choosing our company and allowing us to serve you. Pura vida !!
Dariusz_W, Sept 2019
very interesting trip, unfortunately it was a cloudy day and there was not much seen. On the way to the volcano visit a coffee plantation. The guide very interesting talking about Costa Rica.
Response from Host, Sept 2019
Hello. Glad to know you had a beautiful day at Poas Volcano Thank you for sharing your experience with others and for letting us be part of your experience.
No pudimos ver el volcan...
MariaFernanda_B, Mar 2021
No pudimos ver el volcan porque estaba nublado. Pero nuestro chófer Yuri y nuestro guía Oscar, fueron super amables y atentos, hicieron que mi visita fuera increíble.
Response from Host, Mar 2021
Hola Maria Fernanda. Muchas gracias por tu comentario y lamentamos que el Volcan no se ha podido dejar ver. La Naturaleza es imprescindible. Pero nos alegra mucho saber que nuestro chofer y guía dieron lo mejor para que el resto de su día fuera fantástico. Pura vida !!