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Poas Volcano Lodge

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“The nearby Poas Volcano Lodge is a comfortable place to stay while you visit the volcano and the nearby Las Paz waterfalls, which is only 20 minutes away. It is located on the road between Poas and Vara Blancas… This lodge was erected as a main house for an English dairy farm. It is set on the slopes of the mountainside and has warm touches like a reading room, a sunken fireplace and stone walls. The spare but inviting rooms of the Poas Volcano Lodge are decorated with travel souvenirs from countries around the world. This has a great home like feeling, and you will find this a comfortable retreat to return to after spending the day exploring the wonders of Poas Volcano.” –Destination 360 Travel Guides, 2006.

This lodge offers 11 charming and comfortable rooms, including a luxurious master suite with a sunken stone bathtub. They are situated in groups, both within and around the impressive farmhouse and have a luxury-rustic style with stone walls, wood paneling, soft lighting and comfortable beds. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms and some accommodate more than two people. They each have private access to the garden, with an impressive view to the volcano, and most are within a few meters of the rainforest and surrounding pastures.

The Lodge is strategically located near several important attractions and is accessed by three major routes. The road up to the Volcano Poás passes through Poasito with many small farms and businesses offering a variety of choices to the visitor. The roads to Heredia and to Alajuela, pass through some of the most important and spectacular coffee growing areas of Costa Rica, and display magnificent views of the Central Valley. The road to San Miguel and Sarapiquí passes by many areas of natural attractions with some important visitor destinations. Arenal Volcano is less than three hours away, making this a logical next step for the traveler heading north and many guests spend their first and/or their last night of their stay in Costa Rica with us. The International Airport is only 45 minutes from the Lodge.

The Farmhouse Kitchen offers a “breakfast feast” with our own home-baked bread most days. You will enjoy the Lodge's secret granola recipe. The jam is made from strawberries from the area and the milk is collected every morning from the farm's dairy. We also support local farmers and producers and buy many local products such as the typical white cheese usually eaten with tortillas.

Dinners must be reserved and you can choose from a few hand-picked recipes offered that day, which are either meat or vegetarian based. The meal is either accompanied by a homemade soup or followed by a dessert or both. The recipes originate from the best of traditional European food, and the kitchen team always uses fresh aromatic herbs from our own garden.

We have a comprehensive wine list, various spirits and beers. If you are lucky, we can prepare a juice out of the "naranjilla" or "tree tomato" bush. This plant grows wild on the edges of our woods, but does not always have mature fruit. As the Lodge has a license to sell wines and spirits (not a cheap asset to acquire), we reserve the right to charge a corkage per bottle consumed on the premises which has not been bought from us.

Top 5 things to do while at Poas Volcano Lodge: 1. Poás Volcano (20-min. drive); 2. Doka Coffee Estate tour (40 mins.); 3. Sarchi, centre for Costa Rican artisan shops (55 mins.); 4. Colinas del Poás Canopy Tour (15 mins.); and 5. La Paz Waterfall Gardens (10 mins.)

About Poas Volcano: 47 miles and roughly an hour drive from the capital of San Jose is the Poas Volcano. This is one of the most visited areas in Costa Rica, and the weekends here sees a lot of tourists who come to see the streaming, sulfurous lake in the center of one of the two explosion craters on Poas.

Aside from the visitor center and the wooden viewing platform, there are trails in the forest that lead to the craters of Poas. The main one is the 750-meter Crater Overlook trail. It is paved, and goes around and directly to the crater. A side trail will take about half an hour to hike, and takes you to Botos Lake. Another 30 minutes hike is the Escalonia trail, which winds through the forest. The combination of cool temperatures and humidity makes dressing comfortable a must. Solidly built comfortable shoes are suggested, as well as a sweater to keep you warm and a raincoat to stay dry.

The blue lake that used to be here drained away in 1989. What remained was the first scientifically observed sulfur pool on the surface of this planet. Io, Jupiter's moon, has sulfur volcanoes. So you can visit this otherworldly setting and experience something that is truly out of this world. Reflecting the climactic diversity of the rest of the country, a number of different habitats are within the Poas Volcano National Park. There is a cloud forest, a stunted forest, and inhospitable areas with little vegetation due to the acidic rain. (From: Destination360.com)

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