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Drive from Cahuita to Poas Volcano

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Drive from Cahuita to Poas Volcano

Hello - how long of a drive (in time) would it be from Cahuita to the Poas volcano? Would we be better off focusing on a different volcano? We want to do Cahuita and then head to a volcano, and then to the airport after a few days at the volcano.

thanks, Emily

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1. Re: Drive from Cahuita to Poas Volcano

Hi Emily,

I did the reverse. I stayed in Alejuela and took a local bus to Poas for about $6US. Then I bused to San Jose Caribe Terminal and went to Cahuita. the bus took about 4 hours. It will take about 6 hours to get to Alejuela from Cahuita on bus including transfers maybe 5 by car if the road is good. You only need a half day at Poas since you can drive right to the site. I was lucky that the clouds shifted around noon and I got some great photos. Usually you need to get there early in the morning. Alejuela is a good place to stay before flying out since it is not as big as San Jose and is closer to the airport. I can answer questions about Cahuita too. Have Fun! Greg

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2. Re: Drive from Cahuita to Poas Volcano

Oh, I am from Connecticut. Feel free to contact me. I loved Cahuita and I have been to Belize, Guatemala, Honduras many times.

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we did this exact thing a few years ago, except we drove from Puerto Viejo (a little South of Cahuita) to Poas. Seems like it took us about 1½ hours. Around Cahuita the roads are terrible, they get better past Limon and the way to the volcano is well marked.

Get there early if you can, we arrived right at opening and the volcano was spectacular. We spent a couple of hours walking around the paths, when we went back, the clouds had moved in and as far as you could see from the observation point, it was a sea of white, nothing was visible.

We got lost on the way back and drove aimlessly through Herida, Concepcion, and Alajuela (airport) for better than 3 hours. The roads are not so well marked on the way back, finally saw a sign for the aeropuerto, the Hamptom Inn, and the casino! Hot showers, two martinis, and a few hours at the slots made the drive back from hell more tolerable.

Our last day on vacation is always a wind down day at a hotel by the airport. There are plenty of hotels to chose from and some touristy things to do by the airport. Hope this helps.

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4. Re: Drive from Cahuita to Poas Volcano

No way from Puerto Viejo to Poas in 1 1/2 hours. It would have been better to see the volcano unpon arrival or before departure so you wouldn't have to do the long ride twice.

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