Costa Rica Travel – After 16 months of not being able to, you might want to return to the Poás volcano. It opens tomorrow, under new safety conditions. Yesterday, authorities enabled the online booking system.
You can reserve up to ten tickets at www.sinac.go.cr under the section “Reservations in the Poás Volcano National Park.” There you will see days and hours available. Visitors will enter in groups of 50 and stay a maximum of 20 minutes. The last group of each day enters at 1:20.
It was closed since last April due to strong eruptions of ash and magma. After the activity reduced a Technical Advisory Committee of the Volcanology and Seismology of the National Emergency Commission set up safety standards to be met before reopening.
There are five shelters with helmets and masks. There are also real time gas measurement systems.
Prices range from ¢500 to $15 depending on factors such as residency and age. The park is open to everyone but it is not recommended for babies or seniors or those with respiratory diseases.
While visiting, make a point of supporting local businesses which have hardly seen visitors in 16 months.