Provincia de Cartago Things to Do

  • Renaissance front of Ujarrás church
    Renaissance front of Ujarrás church
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  • Spillways of Cachí barrier
    Spillways of Cachí barrier
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  • Ujarrás ruins tele-view from above
    Ujarrás ruins tele-view from above
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Provincia de Cartago Things to Do

  • Volcán Irazú

    Cartago Things to Do

    With 3432 m Irazú is the highest active volcano of Costa Rica. It is actually a couple of hundred m higher than the (dormant) volcanoes we climbed in Java, Gunung Lawu and Gunung Merbabu. But whereas reaching the summit of these latter takes a hike of 6 to 8 hours, you can drive all the way up Irazú volcano. There is a parking very near the summit...

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  • Coffee plantations

    Orosí Things to Do

    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...

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  • Birdwatching

    Turrialba Things to Do

    More than 345 birds have been seen within 2 miles of the lodge. Four main trails are on this ranch. They are well maintained and not difficult to walk. You will find shelters and benches along the way. The guides are very helpful and knowledgeable. My favorite humminbird was the tiny snowcap. I am sorry to say that I did not take this picture.

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  • Black Sand Beaches

    Playa Hermosa Things to Do

    Having been to the Caribbean many times, I'm used to powdery white sand beaches. But on the west coast of Costa Rica, the sand is a mixture of black and white - white from the usual coral, but the black is from the volcanic rock from which the country was formed. As you can see in the background, the surrounding foliage is quite brown and dry. We...

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  • Birding and Ecology

    Provincia de Cartago Things to Do

    The #1 thing to do, is go birding. There have been more than 350 species of birds identified within two miles of the lodge. You may see birds with names like toucans, motmots, scarlet-thighed dacnis, and honeycreepers. There are many different species of hummingbirds called little hermit, green-crowned brilliant, and woodnymph. This is the home of...

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  • Orosi River

    Cartago Things to Do

    The most popular thing to do near Cartago city is a visit to 3432 m high Irazú volcano. But once you are in the area there is more. With our rented car we made the round trip of the Orosi river valley, said to offer the most beautiful vistas. The round trip starts at Paraíso south-west of Cartago. Going clockwise we stopped at the lookout...

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  • Lie in a Hammock

    Orosí Things to Do

    I love handmade Costa Rican hammocks. Some are more comfortable than others, but each varies in color, style, width, and quality. Take the opportunity to buy one and bring it home if you can. Many people agree that it is an acquired comfort to lie in one, but once you've taken a liking to them, you may never want to sleep in a bed again. Every...

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  • Horseback riding

    Turrialba Things to Do

    You could walk, the two Swiss guys did, but you shoulda seen the sunburn they got. No, I'm afraid you're gonna have to ride the horse, do you know the difference between an English saddle and an American saddle? Unfortunately, I do - talk about excruciating - somewhere down there is about a 2 centimeter area that doesn't hurt too bad - how many...

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  • Dolphins & Stingrays

    Playa Hermosa Things to Do

    We've all know that dolphins like to ride in the wake of a boat, or jump through the waves in front. Well, for the very first time, we saw this first hand. In this photo, you can see the dolphins swimming along behind the boat. Later on, they swam in front, almost close enough to touch. The other amazing thing, which we had never heard of, was...

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  • Horseback Riding

    Provincia de Cartago Things to Do

    Rancho Naturalista has several horses available for you to ride. Make arrangements at the lodge and someone will help you. There are several places that you can ride and enjoy the Costa Rican landscape.

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  • Ujarrás Ruins

    Cartago Things to Do

    The ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion lie at the bottom of Orosi valley. Driving east from Paraíso to Cachí our first view of the ruins was from high up. To reach them we took the turnoff back west down into the valley. The original church on this site was built between 1575 and 1580 and constructed of adobe, sticks and...

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  • Orosí's Church

    Orosí Things to Do

    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...

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  • Hike

    Turrialba Things to Do

    After the "English saddle" I looked forward to good, old-fashioned walking. The guide (from the lodge) will take you down the country roads into the cloud forest which is kind-of a jungle in the mountains. It's dark and ancient looking, ooooh... saw a coati and a quetzal on the way too.

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  • Lunch on an Island

    Playa Hermosa Things to Do

    After our boat ride accompanied by the dolphins and stingrays, we arrived at this island. The staff prepared an excellent barbequed lunch and we spent the afternoon exploring this little island on our own. After a couple of hours, it was time to get back on the boat to return to the hotel.

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  • Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los...

    Cartago Things to Do

    The most famous landmark in Cartago is the "Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles". This church can be found just east of the town centre at the end of a big square. The reason why this church is so famous and important can be found inside. Here lives "La Negrita"; a small statue of the Black Madonna. This "Negrita" is the patron saint of Costa...

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  • Orosi River

    Orosí Things to Do

    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.

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  • Rafting

    Turrialba Things to Do

    Ok - This ROCKED. About 3-4 class Vs and a few more class IVs. Even one of my fellow travelers that is not a big water fan loved this. We were served a great lunch on the river. Definitely go with Roberto at Tico's River Outfitters. They had a guy come along with a camera in a kayak and we got awesome pics on CD (mailed to us later). Roberto is a...

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  • Jardín Botánico Lankaster

    Cartago Things to Do

    The Lankester Botanical Garden is named after Charles H. Lankester. He was a British naturalist who in the 1940's created a garden on his farm for the study of epiphytic plants. In 1973 his heritage was turned into a research centre of the University of Costa Rica. The garden's focus is on orchids, of which there are over 18,000 specimens of more...

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  • Hot Springs

    Orosí Things to Do

    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...

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  • Guayabo

    Cartago Things to Do

    It was raining when we visited this major archeological site of Costa Rica, even though it was dry season, and it shows in our photo's. It is said that these structures were inhabited from 1000 BC through 1400 AD, with perhaps a peak of 20,000 people by 800 AD. In 2009 they were declared a World Heritage Engineering site. The reserve's area is 232...

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  • Santa Cruz de Turrialba road

    Cartago Things to Do

    We recommend to take this road #230 to or from the Guayabo archeological monument, via Santa Cruz de Turrialba. It leads several kms through hillside forest, and across Guayabo river over a bridge only suitable for passenger cars. Heavy trucks have to ford the river. Directions: See tip Guayabo archeological monument.

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  • La Flor Finca

    This is an organic farm with an ecology centre for students and a rainforest rehabilitation project.It is south and east of Cartago in the Central Valley.Buses leave from San Jose to Cartago and cost 0.50 and it takes 40 minutes.From Cartago you catch a local bus to La Flor and ask the driver to drop you off at La Finca FlorThere is a volunteer...

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  • Beautiful horses

    Rancho Naturalista has several horses available for you to ride.Make arrangements at the lodge and someone will help you.There are several places that you can ride and enjoy the Costa Rican landscape.

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  • Little gems

    The #1 thing to do, is go birding. There have been more than 350 species of birds identified within two miles of the lodge. You may see birds with names like toucans, motmots, scarlet-thighed dacnis, and honeycreepers.There are many different species of hummingbirds called little hermit, green-crowned brilliant, and woodnymph. This is the home of...

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  • Night light

    The guides at Rancho Naturalista are anxious to show off all the moths and various bugs in the area. At night they will put a sheet out on the balcony, plug in a light, and let nature take it's course.When you awake the next morning, you can see what all arrived during the night.The variety is amazing.

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Provincia de Cartago Hotels

  • Savegre Mountain Hotel

    San Gerardo de Dota, Cartago, Province of Cartago, 482-7050, Costa Rica

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Rancho Naturalista

    We had a very large bedroom with ensuite bathroom, writing desk, and clothes closet. Doors opened...

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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 Villa del Sueno

    Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel El Guarco

    Pan America Highway, Cartago, Costa Rica

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Casa Turire

    Turrialba, Province of Cartago, Costa Rica

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 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

  • Hotel El Velero

    Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Wagelia

    Turrialba, Turrialba, Province of Cartago, 7170, Costa Rica

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 2.5 out of 5 stars

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