A nature-lovers trip to Costa Rica is not complete without a visit to the Miravalles Volcano Protected Zone. This impressive natural wonder is a photographer’s dream.

Although there are no clear trails and the 5 plus hour trek presents some very steep inclines, the top of Miravalles Volcano can be reached by hiking. The most popular area in the park is Las Hornellas, where fumaroles can be observed. The park is covered with primary cloud forest and rainforest with many rivers, thermal hot springs, and waterfalls. Wildlife in the area includes monkeys, cougars, tapirs, ocelots, and jaguars.

The Miravalles Volcano Protected Zone is located about 100 miles north of San Jose between Rincon de la Vieja National Park and Tenorio National Park.

There is no admission fee to visit Miravalles Volcano Protected Zone. It is highly advised to go with a guide for safety and to get the most out of your experience.

Weather and packing list

The Northwest Pacific is one of the driest climates in Costa Rica. The beach areas have a fairly steady year round temperature with daytime highs averaging in the upper 80s to lower 90s. Night time lows are usually in the upper 70s. Precipitation varies through the year with the nicest weather between November and August.

Visitors should pack a bathing suit, towel, shorts, tee shirts, appropriate shoes, rain gear, sun block, and insect repellent.

Fun Fact: Visitors can bathe in the hot springs at the base of the volcano at the Centro Turistico Yoko.

Nearby Destinations

Liberia59 km
Rincon de la Vieja22 km
Playa Hermosa90 km
Playa del Coco100 km
Rio Celeste90 km


Latitude: N 10° 44' 31.14"
Longitude: W 85° 9' 5.4"

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