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Turrialba Volcano National Park is located in the province of Cartago, a few kilometers northwest of Turrialba City. Inaugurated in 1955, the park covers an area of 16 km2and houses the volcano whose name it bears (Turrialba). With its 3340 meters high, Turrialba is the second highest volcano in the country behind Irazu and is one of 5 that are still active. It is composed of 3 craters, but only 2 are accessible.
Initially, the name given by the Spanish conquistadores was Torre Blanca or Torre Alba (White Tower), but after a certain time, the name changed to Turrialba.
The tropical forest around the volcano is mostly composed of different plants, especially bromeliads, ferns, bamboos and orchids. As trees, it is mainly the oak that is there. As the for the wildlife, it surprises visitors with its 84 species of birds, including: quetzals, goldfinches, clay-colored thrushes, warblers, tanagers and several species of hummingbirds. There are 11 species of mammals that cohabit with birds; they are: coyotes, coatis, armadillos, skunks, rabbits, porcupines, pumas, ocelots and some others.
By going to the Turrialba Volcano National Park, you will have the opportunity to hike to observe the animals and reach the volcano’s summit. During the ascent, you will notice that there are lava flows hardened over time. When you’ll reach the summit you will see a variety of spectacular 360° views. Be advised that the hike has a certain degree of difficulty, so it is subject to a good physical condition. The opening hours of the park are 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.
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