National Park in Parque Nacional Tapantí-Macizo Cerro de la Muerte

Parque Nacional Tapantí-Macizo Cerro de la Muerte

This 580-sq-km national park protects the lush northern slopes of the Cordillera de Talamanca, and is the wettest park in the country, getting an average 8000mm of precipitation a year. In 2000 it was expanded to in…
Gallery in Orosi to Paraíso

Casa del Soñador

This artisanal woodworking studio is run by Hermes and Miguel Quesada, sons of renowned Tico carver Macedonio Quesada. The brothers maintain the campesino (peasant farmer) tradition of whittling gnarled coffee-wood …
Ruins in Orosi to Paraíso

Ruins of Ujarrás

Only the crumbling walls remain of Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Limpia Concepción, a 1693 stone church that was home to a miraculous painting of the Virgin discovered by a fisherman. According to lore, the relic …
Gardens in Paraíso Area

Lankester Gardens

The University of Costa Rica runs the exceptional Lankester Gardens, which were started as a private garden by British orchid enthusiast Charles Lankester in 1917, but was turned over to the university for public ad…
Market in Cartago

Mercado Central

This wonderful old-school covered market is conveniently located right around the corner from the bus and train stations that serve San José. It's fun just to wander the labyrinth of aisles, where you'll find fresh …
Museum in Orosi

Museo de San José Orosi

Adjacent to Orosi's church, this small museum displays interesting examples of Spanish-colonial religious art and artifacts, some of which date back to the 17th century.
Viewpoint in Paraíso Area

Mirador Orosi

Heading south from Paraíso toward Orosi, you'll hit Mirador Orosi, a scenic overlook complete with toilets, secure parking lot, and ample photo and picnic opportunities.
Church in Cartago

Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Los Ángeles

Cartago's most important site, and Costa Rica's most venerated religious shrine, this basilica exudes Byzantine grace, with fine stained-glass windows, hand-painted interiors and ornate side chapels featuring carved…
Church in Orosi

Iglesia de San José Orosi

Orosi is one of the few colonial-era towns to survive Costa Rica’s frequent earthquakes, which have thankfully spared the photogenic village church. Built in 1743, it is the oldest religious site still in use in Cos…
Ruins in Cartago

Las Ruinas de la Parroquia

This now-ruined church was built in 1575 as a shrine to St James the Apostle. It was destroyed by the 1841 earthquake, rebuilt a few years later and then destroyed again in the 1910 earthquake. Today only the outer …