San Jose

Poas Volcano National Park Half day tour from San Jose

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Poas Volcano National Park Half day tour from San Jose
  • 6 hours
  • 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

Select a pickup point

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. The published pick up time is for hotels located in San Jose downtown. If your hotel or pickup point is located in Escazu, Santa Ana, Belen Heredia or Alajuela, the time will be different and we will indicate the most exact time exactly 24 hours from the tour date.

What To Expect

Poas Volcano

Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

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

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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45 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
Showing 1-10 of 45 reviews
ngelF_M, Mar 2024
Very well planned trip, Charlton our guide was knowledgeable and a pleasure to talk to. He did the best but we could not see the caldera due to the clouds. It will be another time. A great experience overall
Response from Host, Mar 2024
thank you for sharing your comments. We are glad to know that Charlton did a good job and that the tour was to your satisfaction. Gracias
Maik_F, Feb 2024
Ricardo was awesome and he has a huge knowledge about the vulcano and Costa Rica. I liked the time with him very much.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
It is good to know that you enjoyed very much the tour and that Ricardo did a great job. Thank you
Good trip. Worth a visit.
Keith_G, Jan 2024
Good trip. Interesting to see the active and extinct volcanoes. The hike up to the extinct volcano is about 900m vertical We were fine but less fit people were having problems. And it’s already 5700 foot altitude. Should have that info as part of the tour.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you very much for your comments and your suggestion... Pura vida
Book now! Seriously! This tour and tour operator are GREAT!
Meredith_P, Jan 2024
♥️♥️♥️ This tour is incredible and very worth going on! I booked it last minute after having talked to another tourist in Costa Rica that raved about it. I booked both the Poas volcano and La Paz Garden tour on separate days, but unexpectedly was unable to attend the La Paz. The tour operator reached out to me to make sure everything was okay and offered to combine both the Poas and La Paz tour together for me the following day. This worked perfectly and I was able to see everything I wanted even though I couldn't go on my original tour! Due to my limited time in San Jose, I just figured it was my loss, so I really appreciate them being so proactive and letting me know what my options were! The tour guides are very well read and educated and teach a lot about the political, economic and general infrastructure of Costa Rica, and are able to explain the Poas stratovolcano and how it was formed. I cannot recommend this tour and this specific tour operator enough!!!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
It is good to know you had such a good time during the excursion. Thank you for sharing your experience.
I would suggest to increase more time on Poás and remove the frills and this could be a great tour.
Sunil_B, Dec 2023
We had very little time on the volcano. The tour takes a lot of time on other stuff like coffee plantation and lunch on the way. We were doing this tour so that we can spend more time on Poás volcano but that was not the case. The tour guide was excellent and tried all he could in terms of making our tour memorable and full marks to that.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for your comments and suggestions. We take into account the impressions of our clients to improve any detail in the quality of the service.
Fantastic day
Alison_R, Dec 2023
We had a great day seeing everything. Edgar was a great guide.told us lots of information. It was Lots of fun
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Hi Alison, we are happy to know you had such a great day with Edgar. Thank you for your comments..
Well worthwhile
Steve_D, Sep 2023
The tour was exactly as set out in Viator and we had a very enjoyable experience. Ricardo was knowledgeable and went out of his way to help make it a great experience for us.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
thank you for your comments. We are glad to know that Ricardo did a great job and that you enjoyed the tour.. Pura vida
Darrin_E, Sep 2023
The driver was very helpful in everything we did. We would hire him as a private driver on our next stay in Costa Rica
Response from Host, Sep 2023
We are happy to know the tour was enjoyable and that the driver/guide did a great job. thank you for sharing your experience
Fabulous hakf day trip from San Jose to Poas Volcano...we even saw sloths!!
Kylie_C, Jul 2023
We were picked up from our hotel on tike. Roger our guide was extremely knowledgable, telling us all about the Volcano, flora and forna. Poas Volcano and Botas Lake were spectacular. The driver drive sensibly. We saw two sloths as well!!!!
Response from Host, Aug 2023
We are glad to know you had a great experience with the tour guide Roger. Thank you very much for your comments
Got a private tour with...
charles_b, May 2023
Got a private tour with my brother on accident so that was fun. The tour guide was really knowledgeable and a funny guy.
We added the extension...
IrmaLynn_R, Apr 2023
We added the extension for a full day experience, was it worth it!! This was our favorite tour. Edgar was WONDERFUL.
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, Jul 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, Jun 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, Jul 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, Jun 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

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