Volcán Irazú is an active volcano in Cartago province, Costa Rica, situated in the Cordillera Central at an elevation of 3,432 m (11,260 ft) above the sea level.
The road to the summit is asphalted. It’s in good condition and signs mark the route clearly. The drive up through the hills provides an excellent opportunity to see the Central Valley below. The turnoff for Irazu is well marked and right before Tierra Blanca.
The Irazú Volcano is active and is the highest volcano in the country. This road is very exciting and sometimes very exposed and unsecured driveway in innumerable twists and turns. 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 drive is definitely worth it. Don’t forget your camera! To avoid the wettest months, the best time to visit is during March and April, although cool temperatures and high winds are common year round. Visitors can view both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans from Irazu’s summit on a clear day. The best time to view the craters is early in the morning, as cloud cover usually thickens after 10 a.m.