Poas Volcano National Park is one of the most frequently visited national parks in Costa Rica. This first national park was established so Ticos and tourists could walk right up to the edge of an active volcano’s crater! As worrisome as that sounds, the volcano seems to mostly let off steam and if any change in gases is perceived, the park is evacuated and closed. That has rarely happened, though, and Poas receives thousands of visitors a year.
This national park is just a short hour’s drive from the San Jose area and is also a great place to see a good variety of highland species. The walk to the crater is good for Fiery-throated and Volcano Hummingbirds, Yellow-thighed Finch, Sooty-capped Bush Tanager, and some other bird species but the best birding is actually found in the high elevation rain forests on the road in to the park.
Any number of high elevation specialties can occur along that road including:
Watch for these and other birds while visiting Poas National Park in Costa Rica. All of these bird species are found on our birding app for Costa Rica. Identify and learn about them with the Costa Rica Birds Field Guide app.