The strato volcano Irazústands proudly within the national park that bears its name. It looks impressive with its record height for Costa Rica and its three craters, the principal one being a kilometre in diameter and housing an acid lake of surreal colour. The summit, stripped bare and worthy of a lunar landscape, offers a breathtaking panorama.
The volcano has been dormant since 1965, before which time it had undergone two years of intense activity that caused particularly strong ash projections in the nearby capital during an official visit by US President John F. Kennedy. The first eruption, in turn, was recorded in 1723. Today, this behemoth remains under close surveillance because it could again honour the origin of its name: Irazúmeans ‘mountain of tremors and thunder' in the indigenous language.
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