Irazú Volcano National Park
Cartago Province, Turrialba, Costa Rica
Irazú Volcano National ParkIrazú—70 minutes from the capital, in Cartago—is one of five active volcanoes in Costa Rica. The ride to the park is gorgeous in itself: You’ll pass farms whose cultivated fields and grazing livestock offer a bucolic scene, supplemented by great views of receding San José. Shrublands take over as the road draws closer to the volcano. The cloud-shrouded mountain boasts multiple craters, including one with a magical green lake; as Costa Rica’s highest volcano, Irazú offers glimpses of both the Atlantic and the Pacific on clear days.