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Costa Rica is one of the most stunning places in the world, complete with dense rainforests, windswept coastlines and – of course – volcanoes.
During peak tourist months, even inexperienced hikers take to the rocks to climb these things, and although it’s safe enough – many of the volcanoes in Costa Rica are inactive – there are still plenty of things to remember if you are planning to do the same.
With this in mind, here are three of the most popular volcano treks and what you should bring if you are looking to trek them:
3 Volcano Treks In Costa Rica – And How To Prepare For Them
Arenal Volcano is probably the most popular volcano in Costa Rica. It is located in the northern part of the country, and it is surrounded by beautiful rainforests and a large, crystal-blue lake. Trekking this beauty is undeniably an adventure, but it should be noted that it is not easy. At 1,657m, you might be better off to rent a boat in costa rica and taking in the views from the lake instead! It will certainly save your body aches and pains the next morning.
Poas Volcano – located in the central valley – is an active volcano. This means that there are sulphur emissions, crater lakes and active fumaroles. It closed in 2017 due to a volcanic eruption but has since reopened, which means you can get the hiking gear on and take a look at this marvel of nature yourself.
If you are looking for a bit of a challenge, you can’t get much better than Turrialba Volcano. This is located just near San Jose, and the hike to the top takes around 3 hours. The trails are rustic and hard so, seriously, don’t attempt it if you’re not a regular hiker. But if you are, then the views will surely make the climb worthwhile!
How To Prepare For The Climb
Of course, even if you are an experienced climber, there are always things to remember when climbing a volcano. Here is a list, then, of amenities to bring with you to ensure the journey is both fun and safe:
Bring Appropriate Footwear
Appropriate clothing and footwear are musts on one of these treks. Make sure you have a look at the terrain and understand how to choose footwear for a hike that works depending on the challenge. Easy hikes require less support – rugged trails require boots.
Pack Plenty Of Water
Remember, this is a volcano, so it’s going to get a bit hot. Make sure to bring plenty of water, as well as energy bars, jerky or nuts. Two litres of water per person should do, but again, you should work out how much water to bring hiking, depending on the intensity and body type.
Bring Headlamps (Even If You’re Setting Out At Sunrise)
Even if you’re heading out at sunrise – or very early in the morning – it’s always a good idea to bring headlamps or torches. No hiker knows what is going to happen whilst climbing a volcano. If there is an incident or you are waylaid for some reason, you need to ensure you can make your way back down in the dark.
Remember Your First Aid Kit
With this in mind, it’s also essential to bring a first aid kit. You don’t need us to tell you that there are a fair few hazards when climbing a volcano, so you need to be prepared and remember the basics of hiking. A first aid kit, a whistle, headlamps and an emergency shelter are all essential during one of these climbs.