Discover the best top things to do in Province of Cartago, Costa Rica including Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ), Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), Guayabo National Park and Monument, Tapanti National Park, Costa Sol Rafting, Mi Cafecito Coffee Tour, El Copal Reserve, House of the Dreamer - Casa Del Sonador, Jardin Botanico Lankester, Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum.
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4.5 based on 267 reviews
I have visited the Orosi Valley a few times. It is one of my girlfriend's favorite places in Costa Rica. Rightly so! The river valley is beautiful, the Mountains are awesome. The small towns and villages are friendly and welcoming.
4.5 based on 524 reviews
This church is best known for the 1635 appearance of the country's patron saint, the Black Virgin. An annual pilgimage takes place in August.
It is the most important religious object in Costa Rica and an important historical point, too. However, the building itself is comparatively new - present look in has acquired only in 1939. However, the architecture is interesting and somewhat unusual for Catholic churches as it bears Byzantine features. The Basilica, the original rock on which the figure of Virgin Mary was discovered and the miraculous spring are all objects of pilgrimage, so on Sundays and holidays the area is packed - plan your visit accordingly.
4.5 based on 307 reviews
The country's most significant archaeological site is a 540-acre city occupied between 1000 B.C. and A.D. 1400.
We didn't have great expectations of this visit which was included in the itinerary by our trip organisers but thanks to our excellent "girl" guide, we learned a great deal of the history and background of this ancient site, much of which is still unknown and will probably remain so as the conquistadores left no records. The rain forest itself is worth a visit for the wild life and it is a pity that the National Government hasn't as yet really recognised the value of the site, both as a tourist attraction and a vital part of the country's history.
4.5 based on 149 reviews
Only an hour's drive from San Jose, this dense rainforest remains largely obscure.
We stayed at the lovely Orosi Lodge and spent a morning at Tapanti Park. We took the two easier trails of the three - both go down to the river. We didn't see much in the way of birds or wildlife, but it was a nice day. In my opinion it is not worth going out of your way to visit.
4.5 based on 57 reviews
Company profile Costa Sol Rafting is a tour operator specialized on adventure tourism focused on rafting towards national and foreign tourists. Costa Sol Rafting has offered whitewater rafting tours in Costa Rica for more than 20 years. We know that adventure, adrenaline and fun together with safety measures is what our customers want. For these reasons, our guides have received training on CPR (Cardio pulmonary resuscitation) and First Aids. Mission “You are our priority, working shoulder to shoulder to offer a high quality service and fun with personalized attention so that you don´t forget this day full of adventure, adrenaline and emotion when you sit in one of our boats through the turbulent Pacuare river or the incredible Pejibaye river. We are also concerned on maintaining our work environment as it is, “our natural wealth and patrimony”.
It was one of the greatest experiences so far in Costa Rica. The Pacuare is enormous! We've ridden for almost 3 hours on it. Edgar Blanco had the delicacy of calling me to my personal phone in the morning saying they were late 10 minutes...MoreThank you very much. Your opinion is very important for us. Edgar and Diana are very happy for it. We hope you can visit Pacuare river in your next vacation with us. Best regards Minor
4.5 based on 28 reviews
Go to Mi Cafecito Coffee Tour and live an unforgetable experience. You will learn about the life of the Costa Rican coffee producers. In addition, you will appreciate the coffee fields produced in harmony with the nature. You will learn about the plantation since the seed initiates its germination, goes on to the state of small plant with two false leaves and then to the final phase of harvest, where you will be able to taste a delicious cup of coffee. You can acquire coffee Mi Cafecito of the first quality in whole beans or grounded in the souvenir shop.
We had a really interesting tour which explained all about coffee growing and production. This was done in a really interesting and informative way by our guide. We got to taste the finished product which was brewed using the old sock on a wooden stand method! I don't like coffee bit I tried it and liked it. Our lunch was excellent and was a whole fish that had been swimming in their fish farm about 10 mins before. The shop was good as well and enabled us to buy some of the coffee products and also local crafts. It was great to support this small cooperative.
5 based on 22 reviews
El Coupal Reserve is a smal nature reserve on the edge of Tapanti National Park in Costa Rica. Its a two hour drive with your own vehicle up to this lodge and smal nature reserve. The rewards are great with a rich nature, a couple of good nature treeks into the reserve and very nice but quite basic lodging. The hosts Beto and Patricia Chawez are taking very good care of their guests, they only speak spanish though but their friendliness as hosts brigde the language gap without any problems.
4.5 based on 10 reviews
I completely agree with another review posted about this spot... It's cool, unique, small, but nonetheless interesting. "The Dreamer" has spent a great deal of time carving the roots from coffee trees into ghoulish faces and other peculiarities.
If you're in the Orosi Valley, certainly check it out.
A word of caution: if you're thinking of buying one of the figures, be mindful of importation laws in your country of regarding wood products.
4.5 based on 318 reviews
The Lankester Botanical Garden is a research center of the University of costa Rica, created in 1973 due to the international efforts of scientists and conservationists. Our Mission is the research of orchids and other epiphytes to preserve our plante's biological diversity and to inspire and improve people's quiality of life
Yes, the Lankester Botanical garden is a small, beautifully maintained garden with lots of interesting plants. But the Botanical garden, especially the one belonging to a University is supposed to be also an information source about the plants. And yet I have to see a garden so almost totally lacking labels and general plant information as this one. I counted maybe 5-6 labels throughout the whole area. Actually, a garden in National Museum in San Jose had better labeling than Lankester. The University should know that some people come not only to stroll but also to learn something. Dissapointing.
4.5 based on 79 reviews
The church and museum are a beautiful part of this town's long history. It's only $1 to enter the museum. It contains wonderful treasures from when they cleaned out the old monastic residences. They're poorly lit and randomly labeled, yet quite beautiful in their simplicity.
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