Volcano Irazu, Cartago
Our trip through Costa Rica begun with the Irazu Volcano
located at ca. 3400 m. From the peak there is a wonderful view over the valleys, the coffee plantations and the villages. The summit is a bare landscape of craters. The Prinicpal Crater is ca. 1000m in diameter and 300 m deep while the second one is 690 m in diameiter and 100m deep. It looks like the volcano is no longer active. A few plants have begun colonize the landscape. Everything is green and you do not feel like on 3400 m height. The trail goes from the parking lot to a lookout over craters. Costa Rica has a series of high situated volcanos and some of them are still active. On the way back the lower you get the lusher the vegetation. As you emerge from the edge of the park, the land is agricultural, with much cattle and dairy farming.