Discover orchid gardens, colonial architecture, and a magnificent volcano on this full-day trip to Orosi Valley from San Jose. Admire Irazu Volcano — the tallest in the country — and wander the historic streets of Orosi’s town center. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and take a leisurely stroll through the gorgeous Lankester Botanical Gardens. 

Highlights

  • Day trip to Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley and Lankester Gardens
  • Explore the beauty of Costa Rica on a full-day tour
  • Visit the Basilica of Los Angeles
  • Discover the rich history of Orosi’s colonial church
  • See the stunning natural landscapes at the Lankester gardens
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

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What You Can Expect

Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley and Lankester

Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley and Lankester

Spend a day immersed in the natural and cultural wonders of Costa Rica. After pickup at your San Jose hotel, travel in an air-conditioned van through the scenic countryside to arrive at Cartago, a city nestled at the base of a volcanic mountain range. Step inside the Basilica of Los Angeles, an important spiritual destination where you can see a glittering collection of gold and silver offerings left by pilgrims over the years.

Towering over Cartago is the impossible-to-miss Irazu Volcano. It’s the tallest in the country at an imposing 11,000 feet (3.4 km) above sea level. Take in spectacular views of the sloping gray cone and dramatic crater. 

Next, explore the charming colonial town of Orosi, where you’ll walk among historic streets and pay a visit to one of Costa Rica’s oldest churches. Take a break from touring with a delicious and authentic lunch at a local restaurant. 

To end your tour, head to the nearby Lankester Botanical Gardens for a pleasant walk among manicured tropical landscapes and dazzling orchids. Savor all the sights of the day as you relax on the drive back to San Jose. 

Customer Reviews

Kim W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our guide Mauricio was fantastic. The pace was perfect. He didn't hurry us along but we arrived back in a timely fashion and went the extra mile to show us things not mentioned in the brochure. For example an overview of the whole valley. We are currently taking a tour of the whole country which is very good, but I would rather have Mauricio as our guide. We choose this tour because it showed us things not on the whole country tour. I highly recommend this tour and this guide if you have a little extra time in San Jose.

Arlene N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We had a wonderful guide by the name of Miza and it was the best day we had. It was fantastic

Valerie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great tour! The guide was very knowledgeable.

Jay83

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent tour

Ekaterina B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour was very well organised. Our guide, Mario, was very friendly and knowledgeable and told us lots of interesting information. We were lucky with the weather, and Mario with David, our driver, made a couple of surprise stops on the route so that we could enjoy spectacular views, including of another volcano, Turrialba. The scenery was very beautiful throughout the tour, and even the lunch was in a restaurant located in a picturesque place and the lunch was very good too.

Claire O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We went to the volcano early in the morning to avoid the rain. It was beautiful and our guide was very knowledgable. The ride to the Orosi Valley and through it was spectacular. The lunch spot was perfect: delicious food, lovely establishment, beautiful scenery. Our guide and driver were both very accommodating and kind. It was a beautiful day.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Senor George was outstanding. He took very good care of all of us. He was very patient and knowledgeable and took great care to answer all in details. Thanks a lot for showing your beautiful country to us.

Arlene Lynn A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

It was fantastic. Thoroughly enjoyed the stops, lunch, guide. Good driver as well.

Z R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The tour was fabulous, the driver Christian and guide Enrique were both wonderful. Enrique especially was so friendly, fun, knowledgeable, accommodating, and kind he made the whole thing work! His knowledge of plants especially made the botanical gardens part of the tour perfect.

Wesley D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

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