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Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park

(5.600 ha), (1971). Park is located on the comtinental divide of the volcanic Cordillera Central, from 1.500 metres a.s.l. on the Caribbean side to 2.300 metres a.s.l. on the Pacific side.

Poas is a Andesitic balsaltic stratovolcano that towers 2.708 metres above sea level. It has breathtaking scenery and is one of the three volcanoes on the American continent that is accessible by road. Poas crater is the second crater of the world as regards the diameter (it has 1,5 kms of diameter). At the bottom there is a circular hot lake. Two other craters are named Von Frantzius (the oldest in the massif) and Botos.

The park presents four major habitats: an area of arrayans, a stunted forest, a cloud forest and areas with little or no vegetation. Small animal life is scarse. But some of 79 species of birds can be observed, among others yguirros, b;ack guan, quetzal, green toucan, flame-throated warbler.

2004; SLUPSK; Rafal Cezary Piechocinski