Irazu Volcano National Park is a National Park in the Central Conservation Area of Costa Rica that encompasses the area around the Irazu Volcano, just 31 miles (50 km) east of San Jose, Costa Rica. Please note that while this is not a designated stargazing area, the park is a fascinating sight to behold and is open to the public year-round. One EarthSky friend says “From the top it is possible to see both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans on a clear day. The high altitude offers views of the night sky with little contamination and usually little cloud cover.” The most recent eruption was in 1994, and it could become active again at any time, but it is perfectly safe to visit. If it could pose a risk to visitors, the park would be evacuated well in advance. Camping, however, is not permitted here. For more information, please visit online or call +506 2200 5025.
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