It may huff and puff, but it won’t blow your house down. The Turrialba Volcano provides visitors with a glorious view and a variety of vegetation that stay lush all year-round.

There are well marked trails throughout Turrialba Volcano National Park that lead visitors to several gorgeous lookout points. The trails lead through the primary and secondary forest that are full of wildlife and flora that can be easily sighted out by a guide. Visitors have the option to embark the hike either by foot or by horseback. During these hikes and rides, visitors will also be able to observe the markings of lava flows from the former eruptions in the 1800s.

Turrialba Volcano National Park is located 40 miles east of San Jose, allowing for visitors to make this a day trip or they have the option to stay in the town of Turrialba. Park admission is 10USD and is open from 7:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Weather and packing list

Many consider the Central Valley to be the most comfortable climate in the world with temperatures usually hovering in the upper 70s during the day and lower 60s at night. The rain season here runs from May through November, though the heavy rains are generally during September and October.

Visitors should pack shorts, tee shirts, appropriate shoes, rain gear, sun block. It is also advised to bring at least one pair of pants and a long sleeve shirt.

Fun Fact: Turrialba Volcano National Park has closed for extended periods several times since 2009 due to high activity levels. Despite the activity, the volcano still has not fully erupted.

Nearby Destinations

Turrialba1 km
San Gerardo de Dota110 km
Heredia-Poas76 km
San Jose 99 km
Alajuela102 km


Latitude: N 10° 0' 14.76"
Longitude: W 83° 46' 12"

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