Half-Day Trip to Irazu Volcano and Cartago from San Jose

Cartago, Costa Rica

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6 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


Satisfy your inner explorer on this 6-hour tour from San Jose that combines a trek to towering Irazú Volcano with a visit to the historic ruins and basilica of Cartago. Take in spectacular views from the summit of Costa Rica's tallest volcano, and uncover centuries of history among fascinating parish ruins and the rich iconography of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels.
  • 6-hour combo tour to Irazú Volcano and historic Cartago
  • Ascend the summit of Costa Rica's highest active volcano
  • Explore Irazú's moon-like landscape and mysterious green lagoon
  • Visit 16th-century ruins and an important pilgrimage site in the city of Cartago
  • Admire ornate carvings and icons at the Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from San Jose included


  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles
  • Entry/Admission - Irazu Volcano National Park


  • Gratuities

Departure Point

Centrally located San Jose hotels

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After morning pickup at your San Jose hotel, travel through a diverse landscape of coffee plantation, ferns, and flower farms to reach Irazú Volcano National Park. Notice the vegetation and temperature change dramatically as you ascend the slopes of Costa Rica's tallest volcano, which reaches a majestic 11,260 feet (3,432 meters) above sea level. On a clear day, you may even be able to see both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans from the summit. Take some time to explore the otherworldly, lunar-like landscape and the main crater filled with a enchanting green lagoon.
Descend from the volcanic heights and head next to the historic city of Cartago. Visit the captivating ruins of a 16th-century parish and the ornate Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels, which combines colonial and Byzantine architecture. Learn about Cartago’s rich past as you admire the beautifully restored statues, chapels, and carvings of this popular pilgrimage site.
Relax on the drive back to San Jose, where the 6-hour tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel in the early afternoon, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy an evening in the city.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Sep 2018

!Qwe maravilloso!

Braya M
, Mar 2018

This tour is okay, not as exciting as expected but great guide

Natshalee N
, Feb 2018

The trip was ok. Nothing worth while.

Kalyan S
, Dec 2017

Awesome views of the Irazu volcano and we had a good view of the lagoon too. The climb had excellent views of the farms potato, onion and carrots and the guide made sure we reached on time to avoid the peak hour rush. Good and bright day made it even more better. We did stop at a view point on the way down to Cartago. The trip was worth the time. The driver was kind enough to drop us at center city in San Jose instead of our hotel.

Jake S
, Dec 2017

Be aware that the volcano no longer has any water in it and does not look like the pictures. This trip was only worth it to see the different cloud forest environment and some nice views. Tour guide gave a good commentary and was personable. Wouldn't do it again but good as a day filler.

, Oct 2017

Bought this tour through Viator but the tour contact co. was Greyline which then subcontracted to another tour company. The tour that I purchased was for the Irazu Volcano, the Los Angeles Bascillica and ruins in Cartago which was to include breakfast. We werent taken to the ruins and no breakfast.

, Oct 2017

The guide had a wide knowledge,and very wise person my compliments to him,always willing to help.I would love to do it again with same person.

Lejuanikka T
, Sep 2017

It's was along day of driving around. The guides were nice and timely and it was good to see the views from Irazu but this tour was not what I expected.

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