Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-04224
An aerial view of Irazú from the SE shows the road leading to the volcano's summit (extreme upper left) and Irazú's principal crater at the right center. The road winds 32 km through the cultivated flanks of Irazú to the summit crater complex, one of the principal tourist attractions reached from the capital city of San José. From the summit on a clear day it is possible to see both oceans. The flat bench is Playa Hermosa, a largely filled older crater. The roughly 200-m-deep summit crater has been the source of most of Irazú's historical eruptions.
Photo by William Melson, 1986 (Smithsonian Institution).