Turu Ba Ri Tropical Park
Turu Ba Ri Tropical Park information
The Turu Ba Ri Tropical Park is a collection of botanical gardens reflecting each of the topographic zones native to Costa Rica. As you walk along impeccably manicured trails, you’ll pass through palm forests, pasture lands, herbariums, cactus fields, bamboo groves, bromeliad gardens, orchid beds and a loma canopy. The gardens are accessed by an aerial cable car, which is included in the price of admission.
If you’re an adrenaline junkie, there is also a canopy tour (adult/child US$55/40) that has you swinging through the trees, as well as opportunities for horseback riding and rock climbing. If you’re traveling with the little ones, they’ll be content for hours either playing in the two hedge mazes or checking out the exhibits in the reptile house.
Although there are no accommodations in the park, there is a wonderfully intimate B&B in the nearby town of San Pablo de Turrubares, namely Ama Tierra. Accommodations are in a handful of warm and wooden casitas that are scattered along landscaped trails and manicured gardens, though the highlight is its onsite holistic center, yoga studio and organic restaurant. If you’re interested in detoxing the body and clearing the mind, Ama Tierra offers a number of multiday packages that are dedicated to improving your well-being. San Pablo de Turrubares is located approximately 10km east of Orotina on the road to Santiago de Puriscal – once in town, follow the signs for the B&B.
The park can be easily accessed by bus from Orotina (₡600, 30 minutes), which departs at 5:30am, noon and 4:30pm. However, most tourists organize private transportation to the park either from Puntarenas or San José. If you’re driving, look for a road to the east, just south of Orotina, signed ‘Coopebaro, Puriscal.’ This road goes over an Indiana Jones–worthy wooden suspension bridge to the park. The park is located about 9km beyond the bridge, and half the road is paved.