Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-08909
The southern flanks of Barva volcano lie in the foreground of this photo, with the flat-topped Irazú massif in the background to the SE. One of the youngest lava flows on Barva, the Los Angeles flow, traveled down the south flank almost as far as the city of Heredia. Barva and Irazú, Costa Rica's highest volcano, form backdrops to the nation's capital city, San José, which lies out of view to the right. Irazú is sometimes known as the "Colossus" due to its massive size and occasionally destructive eruptions.
Photo by Ichio Moriya (Kanazawa University).