Guided tour

From San Jose: Irazu Volcano Crater Hike and Cartago Trip

Guided tour

From San Jose: Irazu Volcano Crater Hike and Cartago Trip

From US$ 81 per person

Hike to the summit of the Irazu Volcano on a guided day trip from San Jose. Admire views of the crater and its mystical lagoon before visiting the Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels in Cartago.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Please be ready at your pickup location 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time.
Small group
Limited to 15 participants


  • Feel the awe of gazing into the emerald lagoon within the crater
  • Experience breathtaking views from the summit of Irazu Volcano
  • Be charmed by coffee plantations and ferns as you hike to the summit
  • Learn about the history of Cartago a famous site for pilgrims
  • Admire stained glass windows in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels
Full description
Discover the highest volcano in Costa Rica on a hiking tour from San Jose. Trek through breathtaking scenery to reach the summit of the Irazú Volcano and gaze into the emerald lagoon in its crater. Departing from San Jose, take the South Panamerican Highway to start the ascent toward Irazú Volcano National Park (entry included). The winding road travels through fertile lands cultivated with all kinds of vegetables.  On the top of the volcano, observe the main craters and, on a clear day, the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Afterward, descend to the city of Cartago and stop at the Virgin of the Angels Basilica.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • Tour guide
  • Irazú Volcano entry
  • Meals
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • Wheelchair users

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What to bring

  • Camera
  • Hiking shoes
  • Jacket
Customer reviews

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4.5 /5

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Schöne Tour für den Beginn des Urlaubs. Kurzer Spaziergang über den Vulkankrater. Wasser ist jedoch nur in der Regenzeit im Krater. Sehr schöne Kirche in Cartago.

March 28, 2023


Tour was fine with the operator picking us up on time and providing good historical context and information on the volcano. The Irazu volcano itself was a let down. It was cold cloudy and the views down into the crater was not that impressive. I would skip this tour and go on Poas or Arenal volcano treks that are more impressive.

February 15, 2023

really cold and wet up top. No crater lake any more so time to update your photo. Guide and driver very good.

February 7, 2023

Product ID: 431703