Canopy at Colinas del Poás
Canopy at Colinas del Poás

As one of the largest active volcanic craters in the world, Poas Volcano, attracts thousands of visitors every year. Towering high above the rainforests of Alajuela, Poas is one of my favorite places to go exploring. Once you've ascended this mighty mountain and seen the breathtaking views from the summit, why not take a canopy tour of the lush jungle that surrounds the volcano?

In the Shadow of the Mountain

The dense rainforests of Poas Volcano National Park are among the most beautiful in Costa Rica. Due to the altitude and varying temperatures, much of the jungle is shrouded in mist, making it an ideal place to embark on an exciting canopy tour.

Doing the superman on a canopy tour / zip line near Arenal Volcano
Doing the superman on a canopy tour / zip line near Arenal Volcano

Here, you can soar high above the ground on a canopy tour spanning almost one and a half miles of cable and 24 elevated platforms. The tour alternates between dense jungle and wide open spaces, offering remarkable views of the surrounding valley. Even during the dry season, the elevation of the park means temperatures can be on the chilly side, so bring a jacket and wear long pants. If you change your mind and would rather see the sights of Poas Volcano National Park from ground level, there are plenty of hiking trails that wind through the lush jungles of the park.

As you travel from one platform to another on the ziplines, you'll see all kinds of exotic wildlife that inhabits the rainforests of Poas Volcano National Park, including the clay-colored robin, flycatchers, tanagers and toucanets. If you're lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the resplendent quetzal, one of Central America's most exotic birds!

Fun doing Canyon Canopy Tour in Rincon de la Vieja
Fun doing Canyon Canopy Tour in Rincon de la Vieja

Getting Here

To reach Poas Volcano and embark on your own canopy tour adventure, you'll probably want to rent a four-wheel drive vehicle in the provincial capital of Alajuela to the south of the park. From there, take Route 712 through Itiquis and Dulce Nombre until you see signs for the park. The roads leading into the park itself can be very narrow in places, so drive carefully! If you're looking for a local place to stay that's a little close to the park, try either Fraijanes or Poasito.

Poas Volcano National Park boasts some of the most spectacular scenery and exotic wildlife in Costa Rica. A canopy tour through the lush jungles of this remarkable part of the country is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Don't forget to wave if you see me on your travels!