Cahuita to Orosi
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Nov 27, 2012 6:24 PM Last Post By: SoloHobo
Nov 26, 2012 7:18 AM
Cahuita to OrosiSo we are in Cahuita - 90mm of rain yesterday - it wouldn't be so bad except that my 2 children (2 and 4) are going stir crazy!
We are wondering on a change of location and are considering Orosi. Thoughts? We have to be in San Jose on Saturday and so we don't want to venture too far.
How can we get to Orosi from Cahuita??
Is this a decent destination for a few days?
Other suggestions welcome!!
Nov 26, 2012 7:36 AM
1look here for weather from the costa rican weather bureau: http://www.imn.ac.cr/IMN/MainAdmin.aspx?__EVENTTARGET=PronosticoTiempoCiudad you will see that the forecast for cartago is not all the great. most of the country is experiencing clouds and rain from short showers to off and on all day. and higher elevations are likely to be worse.
sorry - but - it's the chance you take when you visit in november. the best place to go for sun right now would probably be the northern pacific. typically, the cahuita area is pretty sunny this time of year but much of the country is wet, cool and windy right now.
you might do ok in the cartago area though.
Nov 26, 2012 11:58 AM
2Interesting that you picked Orosi. Actually It (Orosi Valley)is not a bad little destination but my interest in going there has been Tapanti National Park which unfortunately is one of the wettest places in Costa Rica- not what you want to hear. But the climate in the park is not necessarily what you will find in the Orosi-Cachi valley. I am not sure what this area would offer small children.
If you have a car go back towards Limon and San Jose (32) but when you get to Siquirres take the old road (10) up up Turrialba and Cartago but turn before Cartago in Paraiso for Orosi. There is also a scenic back way out of Turrialba that follows the Reventazon river valley past Lake Cachi to Orosi. Be forewarned that these routes are slow going and this will take several hours.
A bus (es) or shuttle is possible also , inquire in Cahuita.
Nov 26, 2012 12:13 PM
3I think we could handle some rain if we had more variety in terms of things to do....other than just beach. We don't have a big budget so organized tours are generally out too...
Are there opportunities for easy hiking in Orosi? Is it generally a nice area? How do we get there without going back to San Jose first?
Nov 26, 2012 12:15 PM
4Always amazed at the different weather pockets in Costa Rica. I've been in Ojochal for almost a month and haven't experienced so much as a breeze...actually, never have since I've been coming here.
Nov 26, 2012 1:28 PM
5I guess I was not clear. When you turn in Siquirres you are still in the lowlands. Then the highway climbs up towards the Central Valley and higher elevations (eventually Orosi) but you do not need to go near San Jose, This was the original road to the Atlantic Coast before the Guapiles highway was built and roughly follows the now defunct rail line.
Things could be worse. Parts of Panama and Panama City are flooded and under a state of emergency.
Nov 26, 2012 2:31 PM
6as jiri wrote, you can turn off highway 32 in siquirres and get on highway 10 which will take you towards cartago. turn off before cartago for orosi. check the map.
not quite sure why you picked orosi. there are other possibilities, including puerto viejo de sarapiqui and the whole sarapiqui area as well as arenal.
sarapiqui works well because there are some excellent boat trips on the sarapiqui river which would be good for your kids. you can check la selva biological station or selva verde or el gavilan lodge. you should be able to get your lodging to make a few phone calls for you to see what the weather is.
Nov 26, 2012 3:53 PM
Nov 26, 2012 4:00 PM
8Going to Uvita/Dominical by bus would be easier then going to Orosi by Bus but is still going to be an all day thing. I bet the sun just peaked out in Cahuita!
Nov 26, 2012 4:04 PM
Nov 26, 2012 7:06 PM
Nov 26, 2012 10:21 PM
11So many micro climates in CR..even on caribe coast, it rain toucans and iguanas in Cahuita and be dry down the road in Pt Viejo or Manzanillo...
Otomi and Tapanti are rather damp and wet, the park is not really that great for just a hike like Arenal, Tenorio or parts of Rincon..rather boring until you get wel into the depths of the park...there are trout fishing resorts ther though for fun with kids to fish with easy fishing in stocked ponds...that drive is a long one to, once you get into mountains there towards Cartago it's scenic but a curves steep slow go...
Seems this year rainy season was normal to light until Oct thn it got bad in bouts, tropical lows this time of year can lock n weather or days on end in ome areas, while others are dry...normally Nov on caribe is a safe bet...
Nov 27, 2012 6:22 AM
Nov 27, 2012 6:30 AM
13maybe not the smartest decision:
serious flooding does not equal good time. the government has declared that area in a state of emergency.
you need to talk to some local people -- apparently, you don't really know what's going on. i would take my family and get out of there. try to salvage what's left of your vacation.
Edited by: wiremu
Nov 27, 2012 7:34 AM
14We have seen no evidence of this issue in Cahuita - no rain yesterday or today (so far) and what was left after Sunday's rain is largely gone. Forecasting rain tomorrow but less than 5mm.
Not trying to sound naive but seems ok to me - we'll check out PV this aft and go from there....
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