5 star rating: Highly Recommended 32 Reviews

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  • Location:San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley and Lankester

Immerse yourself in the natural landscapes of Central America and see Costa Rica’s best highlights on this full-day trip from San Jose! Visit the tallest volcano in Costa Rica, tour the old city of Orosi and explore the colorful Lankester Botanical Gardens.


  • 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

See the best of Costa Rica on this full-day tour from San Jose. Travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach and visit the city of Cartago at the foot of the Irazu Volcano. Home to the Basilica of Los Angeles (Basilica de Nuestra Semora de Los Angeles), this area is the focal point for pilgrims throughout Central America. Inside, find an exquisite collection of small gold and silver images of human body parts, a holy offering in hope of healing.

Next, discover the Irazu Volcano. Rising 11,000 feet (3.4 km) above sea level, Irazu is the highest volcano in Costa Rica! You will be amazed at the impressive grey earth surrounding the crater, stretching half a mile wide and resembling the moon’s surface.

Descend the mountain and arrive at the historic and colorful Orosi Valley. Here, visit one of the oldest churches in Costa Rica, the colonial church of Orosi, and discover its rich history. Then, head to Lankester and explore the sunning botanical gardens before enjoying a relaxing drive back to your San Jose hotel.

Customer Reviews

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.

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.

United States of America

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

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

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Fantastic views

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Great trip! Lankester Gardens was beautiful and our tour guide was very knowledgeable. Our lunch was very good in a perfect setting on a hill over looking a lake and garden. Everything about the day couldn't have been better.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Did not see much at volcano due to weather. The rest was great....absolutely beautiful at the gardens. Great lunch at beautiful restaurant.

Enrique G
Puerto Rico

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Very nice tour and the guide was excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

The views at the volcano in the morning were fantastic. Who knew you could walk in volcanic craters? We couldn't see the lake in the bottom though so don't really expect the view shown. The Orosi Valley is full of gorgeous scenes - something wonderful around every curve in the road. Both churches we stopped at were awe inspiring both in beauty and age. THe lunch we had was absolutely fantastic and the view from the restaurant was marvelous. Really enjoyed being outside in the Lankester garden enjoying the outdoors and all the plants. THere was a lot of driving around and it often felt like we were driving in circles around the valley but it was a beautiful drive.

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