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Costa Rica’s Poás Volcano National Park Re-Opens To The Public
Phil Hopkins, Arts & Travel Editor
Costa Rica’s Poás Volcano National Park has re-opened to the public after a 16 month closure with a raft of new safety measures in place.

It is one of Costa Rica’s must-see wonders, covering 16,000 acres of nature in the province of Alajuela, just 30 miles north of the capital city of San José. The park’s main volcano, 8,900-ft-high Poás, is one of the country’s six active volcanoes and features an incredible crater lake near the summit. A variety of walking trails, surrounded by cloud forests the sound of hummingbirds, adds to the park’s attractiveness.

The recent re-opening of Poás Volcano National Park, which had been closed since April 2017, comes with new security and safety measures for visitors. These include the positioning of gas sensors with ‘live data’ throughout the park; the purchase of new equipment for visitors to use; and the building of five new shelters, amongst others. These measures have made the Poás Volcano the first National Park in Central America to have a risk management system in place – and only the eighth in the world.

The park has also established a new online system of ticket sales for a more controlled and organised access. Visitors will now be arranged in groups of up to 50 people and remain on the volcano’s lookout for a maximum period of 20 minutes.

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María Amalia Revelo, Costa Rica’s Minister of Tourism, commented: “We are very pleased that visitors can set foot in the beautiful Poás Volcano National Park again, as their experience will be completely different and much more exciting. The opening of the park also means that tourism in Poás and surrounding communities will be strengthened, benefitting many local businesses.”

Visitor tickets to Poás Volcano National Park can be purchased from $15 (approximately £12) at www.sinac.go.cr.

Nestled between Nicaragua and Panama, Costa Rica offers visitors an abundance of unique wildlife, landscapes and climates. The country shelters approximately five percent of the known biodiversity in the world and has become a global leader in sustainable practices.

Visitors to Costa Rica enjoy a highly organised tourism infrastructure offering a broad terrain of activities and accommodations. Details from: www.visitcostarica.com

Costa Rica’s Poás Volcano National Park Re-Opens To The Public, 1st October 2018, 16:06 PM