Lying just east of the capital city of San Jose, massive Irazu is Costa
Rica's highest volcano at 3,432 meters. It is also one of the most
active, with a history of frequent eruptions recorded from 1723. It
last erupted in 1963-'65, sending tephra* and secondary mudflows into
cultivated areas. Irazu's summit crater contains a small lake.
visitor center and scenic overlook at the volcano area has a small
shop and tables, and is open from 8:00am to 4:00pm.
The Prusia Sector was once known as the Ruben Torres Rojas Forest
To the southwest of the volcano, it is now known as the Ricardo Jimenez
Recreation Area, and has trails and camping available. This park zone
the site of a reforestation project to restore the area which was
by the major eruptions of 1963-65. Contact the ranger station at