Orosí Travel Guide

  • Coffee plantations around Orosí
    Coffee plantations around Orosí
    by Pieter11
  • Colourful coffee beans in Orosí
    Colourful coffee beans in Orosí
    by Pieter11
  • Me in the plantations of Orosí
    Me in the plantations of Orosí
    by Pieter11

Orosí Things to Do

  • Orosí's coffee plantations

    The village of Orosí is mostly famous for its good coffee plantations. The valley is situated just southeast of the city of Cartago and is shaped by the Rio Reventazón (also called Rio Parismina) that floads through it. At both sides of this river the hills rise up: hills covered with the dark-green colour of the coffee plants. The straight lines...

  • Orosí's church

    The church in Orosí, situated at a nice, green square is the oldest church in Costa Rica that is still in use, and one of the oldest ones in the whole of Central America. It was built when the Spaniards arrived in the area and first established their settlements here, in this part of the country. The church in Orosí was built in 1743. The front...

  • swimming in the rivers

    Take a dip in the Orosi River. It moves pretty rapidly, but this little boy didn't drift off by Mother Nature's force, so I wasn't too intimidated.This river runs through the town. To find the best swimming spots, follow the river southeast for 30 minutes or so.

  • hiking up through the trees and coffee...

    This obstinate little goat did not want me to hike up this mountain road. It kept trying to head butt me. Luckily the silly thing was chained up and couldn't chase after me as I circumvented it. Later I found out that I was actually treading on a farmer's land, so I guess this was his makeshift "watchdog" - it even had a big bell attached to its...

  • warm my aching bones

    Orosi is truly known for its hot springs and thermal baths. You'd be silly to miss out on the opportunity to dip into some all natural springs for free. Even I, amidst the sweltering summer heat and humidity, could use a little soak. Just jump into the river nearby to prevent from boiling your brains.If you don't want to hike outside town to find...

  • did your owner eat your butt for dinner?

    Okay I have to admit, I wrote the title of this tip about 9 months ago, and now I have absolutely no clue what I was making reference to. I can only laugh because now I look like a fool who talks about eating horse butts.


Orosí Hotels

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  • Orosi Lodge

    Valle de Orosi, Orosi, 1122 - 7050, Costa Rica

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Rio Perlas Spa And Resort

    Valle de Orosi, Orosi, Province of Cartago, 95-7100, Costa Rica

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Barcelo Rancho Rio Perlas

    OROSI VALLEY ROAD FR PU 2 5 KM, Orosi, CA 957100

Orosí Restaurants

  • OK Breakfasts in great setting

    The Orosi Lodge serves decent breakfasts and is worth a visit if you're in town for a few days. Definitely not the cheapest option, but the porch is lovely and the complimentary pineapple jam is great. I was very disappointed when served Tang (my husband thought it was Sunny Delight) as the "juice" that came with my breakfast. I'd understand this...

  • Best meals in Orosi!

    Super friendly staff and excellent food. Very cute atmosphere - straw on the roof and wooden benches make for a friendly little hut in the middle of town. Homemade hot sauce was great. My husband loved all of the meat dishes he had there and I was more than happy with my vegetarian plates of rice, beans, plantains, chayote, avocado, salad etc.! No...

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    3 Hotels in Orosí

Orosí Transportation

  • To Orosí by bus

    The best way to get to the Orosí Valley is by taking the bus that departs in Cartago, a city just east from San José. From here it takes about 45 minutes to get to the village in the middle of the valley.Just south-west of the Church Ruins in Cartago you can catch a bus going to Orosí. It is a flashy green bus, with line 339 on it. You can pay for...

  • don't you love sticking to vinyl seats?

    I came to Orosi directly from San José by local bus. It's a very cheap way to get there but a little difficult to navigate even if you know Spanish. Mind you, this is not gringo infested like many other parts of CR, so not that many people I talked to knew English. Luckily I know Spanish, but that didn't really prevent me from being utterly...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Orosí Shopping

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    Supermarket: Coffee

    by Pieter11 Written May 21, 2008

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    What I found very surprising in Orosí was that I couldn't find a single store there where you could actually buy some of the locally produced coffee. You would expect some nice coffee houses here with the "real black gold" to drink and for sale, but nothing of that.

    In fact I ended up buying a bag of coffeebeans in the local supermarket. Purely coincidently there also was some of the local coffee, but even foreign coffee is being sold here. The coffee is not cheap by the way: for a small bag of 500 grams I paid something like 4 dollars.

    Coffee, long before it reaches the supermarket
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    • Budget Travel
    • Road Trip
    • Backpacking

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Orosí Off The Beaten Path

  • hang out at the lookout point

    by arasnosliw Updated Mar 31, 2006

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    After hiking up this mountain, falling, injuring myself, and meeting a farmer, he told me all about this lookout point. I had passed it while hiking up, but didn't think twice about it. Apparently at night, the locals come up here to watch the sunset, hang out, and drink. I wish I had a map to tell you exactly where this is, but I don't.

    I'll give it a shot:
    If heading the direction from Cartago and the bus stop, follow the main street until you see Bar La Primavera. From there turn right and continue on 2.5 blocks. This is the direction AWAY from the river. You will see a hostel/B&B called Montaña Linda. From there turn left again until you see a gravel road heading up a small mountain. Head up this gravel road for 5-10 minutes and you'll find the lookout point. This, if I am correct, should be the southeastern corner of town.

    beautiful orosi valley at night

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Orosí Favorites

  • i want to be 3 again

    I stayed next door to a pretty small playground. I enjoyed walking by and watching the local children having fun, enjoying life, and screaming their obnoxious little heads off. Some day, some day, I'll have children. Please just remind me to stock up on the tranquilizers first.

  • pink banananananananas

    Shohman asked me why you shouldn't eat the pink bananas, and I told him it is because he would die a slow and very painful death. Okay, just kidding, I am mean.Really, the answer is simple. These pink bananas are chock-full of seeds. There's no sweet meat to them at all.

  • butterfly, flutterby.

    I was truly in awe of all the beautiful, diverse, and colorful butterflies that I encountered in Orosi. There was such a variety of species flying about everywhere and landing on all the trees. You have to be observant and particularly patient to try to photograph one, so this is the best I could do with little warning.


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