Poas Volcano National Park is Open to the Public

After the preventive closure of Poas Volcano National Park this past Monday, visitation to the park has resumed with normality despite the sporadic passive eruptions that it continues to report.

The eruptions have been of variable intensity and after the analysis by experts the park remains open to the public with certain restrictions and security measures.

“When there is a change in the direction of the wind and the gases and ashes are dragged towards the viewpoint, that’s when the park rangers have to arrange a technical closure to prevent any visitors from being affected”, explained personnel of the Observatory of Volcanic and Seismic Activity in Costa Rica (OVSICORI) .

The eruptions with presence of ash remain constant, while the “spontaneous combustion” has decreased considerably, with only some visible flares during the evening hours.

Experts affirm that the volcano remains “stable” within the parameters of an active volcano, there has been no increase in the seismicity and the temperatures also remain stable.

The Park opens from 7 a.m. through 1 p.m. The tickets have a cost of ₡1,000.00 colones for nationals and residents, ₡500.00 colones for national and resident children between the ages of 2 and 12; $15.00 for none residents and $5.00 for non-resident children between the ages of 2 and 12. Children under 2 and nationals and residents over 65 years of age do not pay.

In order to purchase the tickets first time users will need to enter the information requested online through the website www.sinac.go.cr., select the date and schedule preferred, enter the number of tickets to purchase and the type of visitor, and accept terms and conditions; the name and ID of each of the visitors must be entered.

“Considering the fact that this is an active volcano and it could present sudden changes, the National Emergency Commission gave a series of recommendations to the administration of the Park to guarantee the security of the tourists and workers. This following the emergency plan approved since the reopening of the park”.
By Laura Alvarado –