Vara Blanca

Central Highlands

Vara Blanca is a small town located in the Heredia province, nestled between Barva Volcano and Poás Volcano. It takes 1.5 hours to reach Vara Blanca from San José.

Poás Volcano is an excellent destination when you’re visiting this part of Heredia. It’s a short walk from the Poás Volcano National Park’s visitor’s center to the crater of the volcano, where you can see a blue-green lake and evidence of some minor volcano activity. Barva Volcano is extinct, but there is still plenty of interesting wildlife to see on its forested slopes.

You can hike these volcanoes on your own or sign up for a guided tour.


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