Imagine……you wake up in the morning……and the sun shines
- Imagine making a day trip around the Orosi Valley and Cachi. Make sure you visit the Orosi church that has a small museum which houses some interesting Spanish Colonial artifacts and religious art. Stop by the ruins of Ujarras where you’ll find locals selling local delicacies, such as “arepas”, “choreadas” and “elotes”. The view from the Orosi Mirador are incredible. Stop for lunch at either the Rio Palomo fish restaurant or at the la Casona del Cafetal for typical Tico food.
- Imagine driving to Paraiso de Cartago (east of Cartago) and visit the Lancaster gardens. Lancaster Gardens is a research center owned by the University of Costa Rica and hosts hundreds of orchids, bromeliads and over 3,000 species of plants on 27 acres. If you love plants and flowers, make it happen and do not forget to bring your camera!
- Imagine visiting the Tapanti National Park. The Tapanti National Park, Macizo Cerro La Muerte protects forested areas in the northern Talamanca Mountain region, north of Chirripo National Park. The park is traversed by the Rio Grande de Orosi, with many other rivers and creeks joining the main river. This is the best place to swim in a totally natural setting. You can even drink the water while you swim, it’s that pristine and pure. The Ranger Station at Tapanti is open to visitors from 7am to 5pm. Hiking trails lead to scenic overlooks and picnic areas. Oropendula Trail and Pantanoso Trail lead to a swimming area(Rio Grande de Orosi) with picnic tables and grills. La Pava Trail takes you to the Salto and Palmitas Waterfalls. Arboles Caidos Trail is a heavily forested nature hike. To reach Tapanti National Park, take the road east out of Cartago towards Paraiso, then continue to follow the signs to Orosi. Continue through the town and keep on the main road all the way until it ends at the park.
- Imagine visiting the Irazu volcano, the tallest volcano in the country. Go on a clear day and early in the morning. The Irazu’s mass covers more than 500 sq. km and is one of the few places in Central America that on a clear day you can see both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans at once. There are three main craters and the main active crater is 1000 meters wide and 180 meters deep. One of the main craters is filled with an acid lake rich in minerals that changes color and size. You will also enjoy the area leading up to the volcano as it is full of wildlife and beautiful flora.
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