Visitors gazing into the main the crater of Poás Volcano.

Poás Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

There are few volcanoes where you can drive all the way to the rim. At Costa Rica’s Parque Nacional Volcán Poás you can—well, at least to within 300 meters (1,000 feet), where a short stroll puts you at the very edge of one of the world’s largest active craters. Learn about this restless giant’s history, along with trip planning tips to make the most of your visit.

The highlands near Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Costa Rica’s Central Highlands

The beauty of the Central Highlands owes much to the juxtaposition of valley and mountain. The large, fertile central valley—sometimes called the Meseta Central (Central Plateau)—is a tectonic depression about 20 kilometers (12 miles) wide and 70 kilometers (43 miles) long. The basin is held in the cusp of verdant mountains that rise on all […]

Moon Costa Rica, 10th ed.

Moon Costa Rica

This full-color guide includes vibrant photos and detailed maps to help with trip planning. Award-winning travel writer Christopher P. Baker shows travelers the way to the best of Costa Rica—whether it’s surfing the beaches of Golfo Dulce, hiking in Corcovado National Park, or dining in the upscale Escazu barrio in San José. Along with his […]

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Moon Peru

This full-color guide to Peru includes vibrant photos and helpful planning maps. Lima resident Ryan Dubé (along with helpful Machu Picchu expert Ben Westwood) offers an insider’s view of Peru, from exploring the churches and artisan neighborhoods of Cusco to avoiding the crowds at Machu Picchu and picnicking on the wilderness beach of Reserva Nacional […]

At the bottom of a steep crater is a lake with water that is emerald green.

Costa Rica’s Parque Nacional Volcán Irazú

The slopes north of Cartago rise gradually to the summit of Volcán Irazú. Read about hiking the trails to see the volcano’s five craters—including the Diego de la Haya crater—and discover information on local restaurants and accommodations.