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.