Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley and Lankester

Cartago, Costa Rica

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8 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


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
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.

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Betty O
, Mar 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
, Jan 2018

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

Stephen M
, Jul 2017

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

maria t
, Jul 2017

Really poor tour. Don't recommend it. The tour guide wasn't friendly

Jerome B
, Jan 2017

absolutely highly recommend this tour

Eliane Q
, Jan 2017

We really enjoyed this tour ,beautiful volcano, it is very cold and windy, I recommend extra clothing, the valley is beautiful with lots of different plantations, not only coffee, house plants, chayote,bananas ,corn and many others, rivers and waterfalls.The Lankester garden is really beautiful, many exotic plants.We stopped in a small town and saw a very old church and went to Cartago and saw The Cathedral The lady of Los Angeles, beautiful german made glass stained on windows and many paints through the church columns dated way back early 1800.Our guide was very knowledgeable on history and culture of the country. We had lunch at coffee plantation, and it was very good and the location was very beautiful overseeing the plantation fields.

Kundan S
, Jan 2017

I do not recommend this trip to anyone. I was staying at Costa Rica Marriott and my pick up time was 6:10 am. No one turned up till 6:40 am after which my hotel front desk called the agent and they picked us up at 6:50 am from the hotel. Then, for next one hour, they picked up tourists from four other hotels and transferred us to another bus. In this new bus, they picked up from another four hotels and started the trip at 8:15 am. It was a sheer wastage of two whole hours in the morning sitting in the bus , picking up tourists from different hotels. In evening, we faced the same ordeal. The trip was ended at 4 pm and we were dropped at our hotel at 6 pm. An 8 hour trip took us 12 hours with 4 hours sitting in the bus, which in my opinion, was absolutely ridiculous. At Irazu, it was very cold but there was no instruction in the website to carry winter gears. Also, the guide didn't accompany us to the volcano. Instead he was sitting in the bus with the driver and let us explore the place in that extreme cold weather and we weren't even sure what's the right vantage point to have a good view of the volcano. There was nothing much in Cartago city. The tour drove through Orosi valley and Lankester was less than ordinary. The lunch was ordinary too and the guide miscounted the number of seats . So we had to seat separately from the group during the lunch. This trip isn't worth 105 per person.

Martin O
, Nov 2016

Lunch in the Orosi Valley was great. So was Lankester Gardens. The photo of the volcano seems out of date however.

Jaime D
, Oct 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.

Karen M
, Aug 2016

What was advertised as an 8 hour tour became an 11 hour odyssey for us and even 12 for others in the group in a very uncomfortable van. Our guide Kenny was jovial, well-informed, and obviously fluent in several languages. He tried to keep everything moving as smoothly as possible but driving time throughout exceeded the expected by large increments, mostly because of traffic congestion. At the request of two historians on our tour, an additional stop at a ruined 17th century church was added. That church was quite interesting, however, we could certainly done without a final stop at the nondescript church that was actually part of the normal tour, not to mention the unadvertised 3/4 or so mile hike to get there. Irazu volcano and Lancaster Gardens were both stunning but the time at both seemed overly long and could probably have been cut by 1/3 to help keep us from getting so far behind.


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