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Staying at the Poas Volcano Lodge

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Poas Volcano Lodge was rebuilt in 2009, settled on top of the mountain surrounded by farmland. Just driving through the pasture passing cows was a wonderful experience get to the lodge.

It’s one of the most beautiful mountain lodges I’ve seen in Costa Rica. A very unique experience for us, of course, sparked the idea of adding a second night to our stay.

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Here’s more about our experience staying at the Poas Volcano Lodge!

The Lodge

From the first appearance the Poas Lodge looks simple but opening the wooden doors immediately impressed me with its warmth. The reception desk is located to the left of the entrance doors. Everyone was so warm, friendly, and accommodating so we decided to stay longer. Who could blame us with such amazing views?

Rooms at Poas Volcano Lodge

Oriole room at Poas Volcano Lodge
[photo courtesy: Poas Volcano Lodge]

There are 3 luxury suites with king or queen beds that have gorgeous views of the volcano from your balcony. Named after birds the Tanager, Hummingbird, and Oriole. We stayed in both the Tanager & Oriole, both were similar with a king bed, sitting area, balcony, and large size bathroom complete with amenities including a portable air-conditioner & heater.

There was no need for the air-conditioner as the air was fresh and windy during our stay.

3 private lodge rooms with garden views are just off the restaurant area. Rooms are very large & comfortable handcrafted with wood on the ceilings & floors. The Quetzal, Jacamar (cozy fireplace in your room), and Toucanet.

5 gardens rooms with a queen-sized bed are a little smaller & rustic but offer a farmhouse feel of comfort.

Families will love the Field House located across from the main lodge complete with a kitchen & dining area. Lots of space for the family to spread out and lounge sharing home-cooked meals.

Travel tip: The only problem I noticed was it takes a while for the water to warm up in the shower so give it some time. It does get very hot so be sure to test before entering.


Bar area at Poas Volcano Lodge
[entrance to the restaurant]

The Poas Lodge includes breakfast with fresh tropical fruits, farm fresh orders of eggs & bacon, pancakes or omeletes. We tried everything except the omeletes.

Our dinners were always very tasty will fish, potato, and vegetables served on a decorated plate. The menu has selected options but everything looked delicious. I tried the pumpkin soup the last evening which is delicious and can’t wait to make it myself.

Our waiters were always very friends and curious.

Activities at the Lodge

Poas volcano lodge library
[library at the Poas Volcano Lodge]

Bird lovers will love the lodge getting up early at 5:00 or 6:00 am to spot some unique birds of the cloud forest. 3 hiking trails, Oak, Quetzal, and Evergreen Trails) are right on the property.

For families who come to spend a few days at the lodge, on the lower level is a pool table, chess board, and media room with board games & toys for the little ones.

La Paz Waterfalls Garden
[La Paz Waterfalls]

Outside the lodge are more activities such as the Poas Volcano & La Paz Waterfalls Garden only 18 minutes away by car or coffee tour at the Doka plantation within 25 minutes by car.

For history buffs, you might like to drive to the town of Sarchi within 45 minutes by car, home of the world-famous ox-cart and factory.

Of course, Costa Rica has many locations for zip lining with the closest canopy of Colinas del Poas Canopy Tour to the Poas Lodge.

Getting there

From San Jose Airport head east, turn right on the ramp towards Interamericana Ruta 1, keep right towards Canas on Ruta 1, take the exit towards Radial Francisco J Orlich (past the church), 20 km turn right on Ruta 146, another 2.7 km turn right on Ruta 120, 5.2 km turn left at the lodge sign. It should take you about 1 hour depending on the traffic.

The sign is small and at the roadside of what looks like a farmers field. From here follow the pathway which is only 1 lane alongside the cow pasture to the main entrance. Just before the entrance is a parking lot, but it’s best to unload your luggage and check in before parking.

What to pack

The weather is definitely fresher up here in the mountains. Light jackets & pants are needed for the cool nights and early mornings. I packed one of each for the trip. With the elevation I found it cold compared to the Pacific beach area I’m use to here in Costa Rica.

Car Rentals

We rented a Hyundai Creta which is a 2×2 from Adobe. Due to the elevations of the mountains & hills, I would highly recommend a manual shift or 4×4 for this area.

It takes a lot of power to get up those hills. The roads are generally paved in this area of the country but very hilly and curvy so you want to arrive before dark.

Our thoughts

We really loved the home feel & warm reception from staff the moment we walked into the lodge. They did everything to help make our stay comfortable from letting us know about the weather at Poas Volcano and moving our luggage to the next room available when we decided to stay an extra night.

As always our thoughts are our own.

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About the Author:

Laurie Johnson is travel writer, agent, and founder of Pura Vida Vacations. She finds her inspirations from travelling of the beaten path, meeting the locals, and sharing her travel stories, reviews, and tips with her readers.

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