Poas Volcano National Park in Costa Rica
The Poas Volcano National Park is on the Cordillera Central of Costa Rica and was created on January 25, 1971. The Poas Volcano National Park in Costa Rica is one of the greatest natural attractions for tourism nationally and internationally. It is one of the areas of the system National Parks that receive a greater influx of visitors.
Poas is a volcano that is over 2700 meters high. This is one of the most impressive volcanoes in Costa Rica, with tropical scenes that make you lose your breath. The land in this area is ideal for growing products and is an area of considerable potential for hydrological and geothermal energy.
The Poas Volcano of Costa Rica is one of the most spectacular volcanoes in the country with extraordinary scenic beauty. It has several types of habitats such as little forests, areas with low vegetation, an area of myrtles and beautiful cloud forests. In the last type of forest, there is an abundance of epiphytic plants like mosses, ferns, bromeliads, and orchids that grow on tree trunks. However is most common to identify four major habitats that are dominated by the high mountain forest, with pygmy vegetation, also is possible to find cloud forest and areas with little or no vegetation. The flora of this area includes, but is not limited to cedar and cypress.
Some of the animals living in the park are the marmots, bats, toucans, and quetzals, among the most common. Additional to the main crater Botos, there is the Botos Lake and the cone von Frantzius and at least half a dozen other pyroclastic cones in the vicinity, consisting of dried lava and ash. This park is located on the north-east of Alajuela, located adjacent to San Jose (the capital of Costa Rica) in a distance of 37 kilometers away, in the so-called Central Valley. The park has an area of 5599 hectares.