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- Barva VolcanoFirst to ReviewJun 04, 2013
Measuring approximately 62 square miles (160 square kms), the massive Barva Volcano sits at the edge of Costa Rica’s Central Valley. Scientists believe that the dormant volcano was last active 3,000 to 5,000 years ago.It forms “Braulio Carrillo” National Park’s highest point, approximately 9,700 feet (2,950 mts) above sea level. Several cold-water, rain-fed lagoons dot the volcano’s surface, remnants of the once-bubbling and lava-filled craters. The Park’s largest and most visited lagoon, aptly named “Barva Lagoon”, is the volcano’s now-dormant main crater. The lagoon measures 230 feet in diameter and plunges 28 feet deep, its water averaging a temperature of 52° F. Copey Lagoon, located less than two miles from Barva Lagoon, is the only other lagoon open to the public. There are four major hiking trails that snake through this National Park: Sendero “Cacho de Venado” (“Stag Horn” Path), Barva Lagoon Path, Copey Lagoon Trail and Vara Blanca Lookout Path. All of them covered by a primary Cloud Forest.