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Congo Volcano

Congo Volcano

Quick Facts

  • Location : Poas Volcano National Park
  • Altitude : 6,607 feet above sea level

Once known as the Cariblanco (Whiteface) Peak, Congo Volcano is now named for the congos, or howler monkeys that inhabit its verdant slopes. Though ancient lava flows paved the way for the valleys and river canyons that now surround the volcano, scientists estimate that the mountain has lain dormant for almost 6,000 years.

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Congo Volcano is located less than four miles north of Poas Volcano, one of the country’s most popular attractions. Poas Volcano National Park was expanded in 1993 to include Congo within its boundaries. Trails through the park wind past the volcano, but due to its seclusion, Congo is difficult to reach. Always consult with a park ranger before hiking out to Congo Volcano. 

Congo Volcano in Pictures