After eight years of being closed to the public, this Friday, December 4, the tourist visitation to the Turrialba Volcano National Park was reopened, with a formal act carried out from the entrance gate to this Protected Wild Area.
Present at the activity were the First Lady, Claudia Dobles; the Minister of Environment and Energy, Andrea Meza; the director of the National System of Conservation Areas, Rafael Gutiérrez; the mayor of Turrialba, Luis Fernando León; the president of the Canton Chamber of Tourism, Ida Herrera; and the deputies of the area Pablo Heriberto Abarca, Paola Valladares and Laura Guido.
Complying with the health measures for the pandemic, the delegation then moved to the top of the volcano on a 5-kilometer route that extended from the entrance gate to the crater viewpoint.
As part of the reopening, from 5 am, the first tour of national tourists entered, who were later joined -in an alternate way- by three other groups who were able to visit the beauties of the Park, whose facilities were renovated in recent months with works such as the construction of railings in the lookout area.
This National Park suspended the entry of visitors as of 2012, complying with the recommendation of the National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Attention (CNE) due to the increase in the frequency and intensity of the eruptions. The eruptive period or cycle lasted several years, severely impacting the ecosystems and resources of the protected area, including the infrastructure for public use.