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Parque Nacional Volcán Turrialba

The least-visited of the Valle Central’s major volcanoes, Volcán Turrialba (3328m) erupted for the first time in 145 years on January 5, 2010, blowing a large vent in the crater’s upper wall and forcing the evacuation of sixty people from local villages; dramatic cloud plumes (up to 2km high) continued to spout skyward for the first few months of the year.

The park is open again, but with restricted access, according to volcanic activity. Check the latest before venturing up here – and note that the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) haven’t ruled out the January eruption being the precursor to further, larger-scale seismic activity.