Mirador de Orosi

Central Valley & Highlands

Heading south from Paraíso toward Orosi you'll hit Mirador de Orosi, a big green space with a jaw-dropping scenic overlook complete with BBQ facilities, cultivated flowerbeds, toilets and a secure parking lot. Bring your camera, and food for a picnic.

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