Cartago Central Valley

Cartago former Capital city of Costa Rica, hosts several great attractions such as the magnificent Irazu Volcano and Guayabo National Park which exhibits excavations of an important pre-Columbian structures.

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IRAZU VOLCANO TOUR (DCR104)

Irazu Volcano is situated in the Cordillera Central just a few kilometers from Cartago. The trip begins by ascending the breathtaking summit of the Irazu Volcano, passing all types and forms of vegetation, from coffee plantations, to ferns, depending on the elevation. The trip leads up to a spectacular view of the massive crater which is home to a lagoon with a mystical green hue surrounded by jagged rocks. It should be mentioned, that on a clear day you can actually see both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. After an exciting tour of the volcano, we will descend to the historical city of Cartago. Here will visit the mysterious ruins of the old Parish and take in the beautiful Basilica of Virgin of Los Angeles with rich displays of carvings, statues and other art.

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What to bring: Camera, sweater or jacket, comfortable shoes and binoculars.

What's included: Transportation, tour guide and entrance fee.

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IRAZU VOLCANO, LANKASTER GARDENS AND OROSI VALLEY (DCR208)

The winding road travels through fertile lands cultivated with all kinds of vegetables. You will observe a lovely panoramic view at the top of the volcano you can observe the main craters and on a clear day both Atlantic and Pacific Oceans can be seen. As we descend to the city of Cartago we will stop at the Virgin of the Angels Basilica which according to religious custom is a peregrination site for many believers. After visiting the Basilica we will stop at Lankester Gardens, a University of Costa Rica Center for investigation that protects more than 800 species of orchids, bromeliads and countless species of other plants. We will continue to the Valley of Orosi where creation overflows in unparalleled beauty. We will be able to visit one of the few remaining colonial churches and we will stop for lunch in one of the local restaurants.

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What to bring: Light jacket, comfortable shoes and camera.
What's included: Transportation, guide, entrance fee and lunch.

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LANKASTER GARDENS & OROSI VALLEY (DCR209)

This tour takes place in the lush Orosi Valley, and affords many opportunities for scenic views along the way. This tour will take you to the Province of Cartago. We will stop at the Lankester Gardens, a University of Costa Rica Center for investigation that protects more than 800 species of orchids, bromeliads and countless species of other plants. Then, we will continue to the Valley of Orosi, an area that overflows with unparalleled beauty. We will be able to visit one of the few remaining colonial churches and we will stop to enjoy a scrumptious typical lunch at one of the local restaurants.

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What to bring: Light jacket and camera.
What's included: Transportation, guide and lunch.

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IRAZU VOLCANO & SARAPIQUI (DCR249)

Enjoy the highlights of Costa Rica in one full day, first by going to the “Ruinas de Cartago”, then we will visit the Irazú Volcano, with its unique view to the crater and on a clear day you can see both the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean. Once that we arrive to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí we’ll board the boat to discover the richness of Costa Rica’s nature along the river. The boat ride will last one 1½ hour, time to witness the magnificent rain forest and its habitants, such as toucans, monkeys, sloths, crocodiles and many other species. At the end of this river adventure you will be arriving to a private farm, to enjoy a home-style lunch, and then you can hike on one of the nature trails or explore the surroundings on horseback. Also you will have the opportunity to visit the butterfly garden, an unbelievable snake collection and the frog sanctuary.

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What to bring: Hiking shoes, camera, binoculars and repellent.

What's included: Transportation, guide, entrance fee, breakfast and lunch.

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