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


  • 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

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

Betty O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

It's a beautiful scenery on our way to these locations and the road is good. I am glad to join that tour and has an experience to see the Irazu volcano with its crater containing blue water. Botany garden is fine. Our lunch at Orazy Valley is memorable. Our tour guides Maria and Mizza are knowledgeable.

Jose R S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was excellent. The drive and guide were very friendly and very knowledgeable. I recommend this tour to everybody.

Stephen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Incredible! An absolute must. Views were stunning and unforgettable.

Jerome B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

absolutely highly recommend this tour

Jaime D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This whole day outing out of San Jose was a wonderful experience. It was just unfortunate that it was drizzling or raining for most of the entire day. We went to the top of Irazu and checked out the three craters then did the los Angeles cathedral at Cartago, the major pilgrimage site for Costa Ricans a great place if you're Catholic - and we were then the Lancaster botanical reserve, which was a pleasant diversion - although the much vaunted 1000 orchid varieties were nowhere to be seen since most of them weren't in bloom then to the old town of Orosi with its primitive very old church and finally, a very late buffet lunch beside the man-made lake. Food was quite good so no complaints there. And the whole trip was made pleasurable by the warmth, humor, enthusiasm, and bilingual dexterity of our wonderful tour guide Gaybin aka Jesus aka Chucho. Hard to imagine anyone else doing a better job than he did. Even while we had to stop on the way back because one of the passengers threw up all over the floor and he and the driver had to clean up, he never lost his affability. Great day with a great guide.

In talking with natives, they all thought this was a great tour they also recommended the Poas volcano tour with the oxcart town and coffee plantation. This will have to be for another day.

Pavel V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Nice tour, the botanical gardens were a little disappointing, especially because it started raining.

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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent tour

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