Volcano Turrialba travel info tips and how to get there
Getting tired of arenal and poas? looking for adventure ? dont miss a visit to volcano turrialba
Our driving video there is in here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGTuWK6QRPA
Volcano turrialba is one of the most active volcanoes in costa rica and very underrated, most of us will visit arenal and Rincon de la vieja, poas, but turrialba somehow left behind.
We decided to take a ride to turrialba and flim there for a while, we can tell you it was one of the most adventurous things we ever did in costa rica.
Apart from loosing the way back from the volcano it was still adventure , the road to the volcano was pretty hard, yes a 4wd is advised . but we discovered an amazing area, very rural part of costa rica, mostly farms and amazing view to this active volcano of turrialba.
Now to a few facts and some travel tips and info about turrialba , how to get there what to bring and more.
TURRIALBA VOLCANO LOCATION: The Turrialba Volcano National Park is located 24 km northwest of Turrialba. His name was decreed in 1955. Their maximum height is about 3340 meters above sea level and share the same base with the Irazu Volcano, so often identified as twin volcanoes.
HOW TO GET TO TURRIALBA VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK :
From highway (ruta ) 10 of Cartago you need to head to road ( ruta ) 230 heading to PACAYAS
until La Pastora Turrialba , than you take left and climb up in a dirt road of 15 k”m , drive safe and pay attention to potholes on the road, we strongly advice a 4wd, once you head all the way up you will see the a café Danza con Nubes and you will be close to the entrance of the park.
The walk hike to the crater takes up to 4 hours, you will reach about 3,300m.
What to bring to turrialba :
1.make sure you have enough food and drinks, there is almost no shops close by, otherwise you will pay high prices in the few places around.
2. enough fuel, don’t make the mistake we did, make sure you come with full tank!! The nearest gas station is in PACAYAS almost 40km away , we didn’t know that fact and head to cruise our way down in natural as we were almost empty on the gas.
3. Bring GPS and an extra map, when its misty you can easily lose the way and reach a dead end or a private farm. It happened to us just due to the fact that we missed a turn and trusted the GPS too much.
If this happens to you, ask the locals for help, they are very kind and nice and they pointed us into the right direction.
4. Do a warm up before starting to walking up the crater, wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing, use a sunscreen or umbrellas and make sure you have enough water and some fruits or snacks. In addition, you can include a raincoat just in case it might rain(usually in the afternoon).
5. Respect nature, don’t leave your trash behind, don’t take any plants or flowers with you, respect this amazing eco-system
we want thank Vamos Rent-A-Car for making sure we had a great 4WD on our way up and down from the volcano area (yes we advice a 4wd to that area even in the dry season)
Remember this all area is stunning and yet unknown for lots of us, take a ride in Orosi valley, enjoy nature and the kindness of the locals.