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More than 1,500 people visited the Poás volcano in the first three days of reopening

The Poás Volcano re-opened its doors to the public again last Friday. In the first three days – Friday, Saturday and Sunday – more than 1,500 people visited the colossus, with the illusion of observing the bright colors of the crater, after 16 months of being closed after the eruptive activity of Holy Thursday 2017.

Photo Diana Méndez, La Nacion

On Friday, 200 people of different nationalities arrived, on Saturday there were 620 and on Sunday the largest number of visitors, 730 tourists, reported the National System of Conservation Areas (Sinac).

Mahyar Shirazinia Riggioni, administrator of the Parque Nacional Volcán Poás – a protected area –  described the reopening as successful, due to the increase in visitors every day and the satisfaction with security measures.

Speaking of security for visitors, unlike in the past, visitors now have to purchase entrance to the park through a new online ticket booking system.

Other security measures, unique in the Central American region, includes the use of helmets.

The park also counts with clear evacuation routes, gas sensors, and shelters in case of emergency.

Another measure is the limit to 56 people maximum to the viewpoint and a limit of 20 minutes time for observing the colossus.

For the time being, visitors are restricted only to the viewpoint, because the trails are not opened yet, and only between 7:00 am and 1:20 pm.

The hope is that visitors will soon be able to have a less restricted access, which will lead to a larger number of visitors.

“The comments of the visitors, after the visit of the crater, have been positive,” said the park administrator.

To purchase entrance to the park, click here to register (https://serviciosenlinea.sinac.go.cr/Login/registrarUsuario).

  1. First you will have to register. Fill in all the blanks.
  2. You will get an email confirming your registration.
  3. Log in. (https://serviciosenlinea.sinac.go.cr/).

I found this form to be frustrating, especially when setting the password and the birthdate. There is no indication of what is required for the password, it seems at least 8 characters and for the birthdate you have to scroll through their calendar.

I tried to log in, I couldn’t. It won’t accept my password. I clicked on the forgot password and waiting on the new. Got an email telling me of the request, but no password.

Dear: We have processed your requesto (sic) to receive a password to enter The SINAC Reservation and Sale Service Online System:Password:

We reccomend (sic) changing this password immediately once you enter the system for the first time.

Note: Please do not respond to this email as it was generated automatically and can’t accept replies.

SINAC.

Tried a second time, got the same message and the same password: an empty space.

The entire registration system is in Spanish, kind of odd when they, the SINAC, are expecting “people of different nationalities”.

My suggestion, if you really, really want to visit the Poas, talk to your hotel front desk. If you are not staying at a hotel, visit a nearby travel consultant.

PS. I will follow up this article if I ever get access.

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