National Park in Valle de Orosi

Parque Nacional Tapantí-Macizo Cerro de la Muerte

This 580-sq-km national park preserves the verdant northern slopes of the Cordillera de Talamanca and is the wettest reserve in the country, getting 8000mm of precipitation a year. The park's largest peak, the Cerro…
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

The village of Ujarrás was damaged by an 1833 flood and then abandoned. All that remains are the crumbling walls of Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Limpia Concepción, a 1693 stone church once home to a miraculous pa…
Gardens in Paraíso Area

Lankester Gardens

The University of Costa Rica runs the exceptional 11-hectare Lankester Gardens, started as a private garden by British orchid enthusiast Charles Lankester in 1917, then turned over to the university for public admin…
Viewpoint in Paraíso Area

Mirador Orosi

Heading south from Paraíso toward Orosi you'll hit Mirador Orosi, a big green space with a jaw-dropping scenic overlook complete with toilets, barbecue facilities, cultivated flowerbeds and a secure parking lot. Bri…
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 also spared the photogenic village church. Built in the mid-1700s, it is the oldest religious site still…
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.