Irazu Volcano

Irazu Volcano

Irazú Volcano National Park, Cartago, Costa Rica/Irazu Volcano, still active, last made international headlines when it erupted in 1963 on the day that former US President John F. Kennedy visited the country. The eruption decimated crops in the area but left the soil enriched for decades to come. The last noticeable activity came in 1996, and since then Irazu has been a quiet giant. Reaching upward of 11,260 ft (3,432 m), Irazu is the tallest volcano in Costa Rica.The Irazú Volcano (Spanish: Volcán Irazú) is an active volcano in Costa Rica, situated in the Cordillera Central close to the city of Cartago.The name could come from either the combination of "ara" (point) and "tzu" (thunder)[clarification needed] or a corruption of Iztarú, which was the name of an indigenous village on the flanks of the volcano. In Costa Rica it is known by the name of "El Coloso" (The Colossus) due to the catastrophes that it has provoked in the past. A detail of the crater edge The volcano's summit has several craters, one of which contains Diego de la Haya, a green crater lake of variable depth. At11,260 feet (3,432 m), the Irazú Volcano is the highest active volcano in Costa Rica.It is easily visited from San José, with a road leading right up to the summit craters and a weekly bus service to the top. It is thus a popular tourist spot. The volcano summit also spots a few television transmitters for television stations in San José.From the top it is possible to see both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans on a clear day.However, such clear days are rare, and the volcano's summit is usually cloud-covered.The volcano is contained within the Irazú Volcano National Park, which spreads across 5,705 acres (2,300 ha). The national park contains both primary and secondary montane forests and is home to armadillos, owls, rabbits, foxes, woodpeckers, and hummingbirds.

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