Elevation at volcano 8,900 feet; walking approximately 1.5 miles including walk to craters, lake, forest; paved trails, steps; wear sunblock, bring jacket/raingear. Elevation at coffee plantation 4,500 feet; walking approximately 3/4 mile.
At the hotel, choose what you like from the breakfast buffet that also includes juice, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
After checking out of the hotel, we will board our bus and transfer to Poás Volcano National Park, the oldest designated National Park in Costa Rica. With our Group Leader, we’ll walk on trails to view the active craters, a crater lake, and four habitats including a tropical forest. The Poás Volcano is a powerful symbol of the geothermal forces that formed Costa Rica. Scientists have determined that it has had a long history of eruptions, possibly 11 million years worth. It has erupted 39 times since 1828. The last large eruption was in 1954 and since then Poás has remained relatively quiet. The crater measures almost a mile (1.6 kilometers) across and 1,050 feet (320 meters) deep, earning it a spot on the list of the world’s largest active craters. Occasionally, smoke and steam rise from the crater in geysers that can reach up to 820 feet (250 meters) high. The park also exemplifies Costa Rica’s incredible biodiversity with four separate habitiats: scarce vegetation, a stunted forest, a cloud forest. and an area of Arrayan trees. Among the 79 species of birds that have been recorded in the park are robin, hummingbird, and quetzal. The Poás green-yellow squirrel is endemic to the park and shares the habitat with coyotes, long-tailed weasels, skunks, and small feline species.
At a typical rural restaurant.
Arriving at a coffee plantation on the slopes of the Central Valley, we’ll have a field trip amid the clean, crisp, air. We’ll explore the plantation, walk between the rows of the coffee bushes, and have a hands-on demonstration (depending on season) of how coffee beans are picked. We’ll also learn about the history of the estate, varieties of coffee plants, coffee production from seedbed to harvesting, processing, and roasting, and sample freshly ground coffee. Returning to the hotel, we’ll have some time to freshen up and relax. Before dinner, we will gather for a presentation by a local expert on Costa Rica's natural history.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
At leisure. Prepare for check out and transfer in the morning.