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A dream come true!

At just an hour and a half drive from San José, Costa Rica’s capital, and rising 2,708m above sea level, lives one of the largest active volcanoes in the world, the magnificent Poás.

There are two crater lakes at the summit: the northern lake Laguna Caliente, is located inside the massive 1.6 km crater, and is one of the most acidic lakes in the world. Laguna Botos, the southern lake, fills an inactive crater which last erupted in 7500 BC.

For quite sometime I’ve had the dream of photographing Poás at night. It was a challenge trying to achieve this goal given that the National Park closes at 3pm and because of the complicated weather conditions of this location, being cloudy most of the time. Night photography at Poás is definitely not a common thing, I had never before seen pictures of the crater at night.

I received a call a month ago from my friends at ProParques telling me that I was granted a a special permit to visit the National Park after closing hours to photograph the breathtaking scenery of Poás under the moonlight.

We arrived at the park and the crater was completely overcast, no visibility. We still hoped for the best.

As soon as the sun disappeared, the cloud coverage slowly began moving away, revealing the overwhelmingly beautiful moonlit crater of Poás at 100% visibility. The moon shining so bright creating a surreal, other worldly scene unfolding in front of our eyes. Truly a gift and the most incredible photographing experience I’ve had while shooting in Costa Rica.

I’m very thankful to my friends at SINAC (National System of Conservation Areas), ProParques, and the friendly and welcoming park rangers and staff for giving me this opportunity. – Luis

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.” – Marcel Proust


Let me take you on a journey through
a moonlit Poás Volcano

 Gear Used:

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 PRO DX II Hoya ND400X MeFoto Roadtrip Travel Tripod
Hoya ND8
Lee NDG 4×6″ 0.9 Soft Edge
Lee NDG 4×6″ 0.6 Soft Edge











Poás Panorama 1-Edit





Until next time!


This post is dedicated to all the environmental heroes! The staff of women and men that work everyday and dedicate their lives to the conservation, protection and scientific study of our National Parks. Thank you!

It’s also dedicated to my brother Juan Pa and my friend Allan, for being great students in the art of night photography and for joining me in this adventure.

© Luis Solano Pochet and ToTheWonderBLOG, 2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Luis Solano Pochet and ToTheWonderBLOG with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


13 thoughts on “Moonlit Poás

  1. Simplemente hermoso, hace 22 días vi unas fotos de la Catarata de Toro Amarillo que publicaste y no me quede con las ganas de ir, es espectacular.

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  2. yo vivo acá en Poás, en San Pedro y recuerdo haber ido una vez al volcán de noche con luna llena… era impresionante, el suelo se miraba como las fotos que uno ve del suelo lunar, así, plata… y el paisaje era de como otro mundo. esas imágenes las guardo en mi memoria.
    Ahora soy fotógrafo y por ello valoro montones este excelente trabajo que nos has presentado! Felicidades…


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