Although you can't drive up to its summit as you can at Poás and Irazú, Volcán Turrialba is an impressive sight from a distance, albeit with some precautions these days. The volcano has been increasingly active since early 2010, spewing out enough steam and ashes to close off the surrounding area, both to farmers and visitors. A heavy content of sulfur dioxide in fumes emanates from the volcano, a phenomenon that has taken its toll on plant and animal life here. The road to the volcano is closed beyond the Volcán Turrialba Lodge at this writing. If you suffer from a heart or respiratory condition or are pregnant, stay away.
Volcán Turrialba Lodge. Ascending to the summit of the Turrialba Volcano is not permitted at this writing, but the Volcán Turrialba Lodge can arrange for guided walks and horseback tours of the area. All are open to day visitors. 30501. 20 km (12 miles) east of Cot, turn right at Pacayas on road to Volcán Turrialba, 4 km (2½ miles) on dirt road; or from the Turrialba side, follow signs in La Pastora for national park, 14 km (7 miles) along a patchily paved road; 4WD advised for last 3 km (2 miles) on rough road. 2273–4335.
Turrialba Volcano National Park, Turrialba, Costa Rica