Costa Rica’s Sleeping Giant

Irazú Volcano Graduate student, Jessica Eggers of Albany University, State University of New York, is studying Public Health with an emphasis on the environment. She was thrilled to learn that Day 1 included a long walk around the highest active volcano in Costa Rica – Irazú Volcano.

The last eruption occurred on March 19, 1963, the same day that President John F. Kennedy was visiting. It caused years of damage to crops, homes and roads.

Despite the sunshine, Jessica had to bundled up tight at the top. The gusty winds and altitude dropped to temperatures hovering around 45 F. Luckily, the cloud pattern stayed parked in the distance for fabulous views in all directions.

Seismic activity is monitored closely but is safe to visit today.