Irazú Volcano, Lankester Gardens, Orosi Valley
Price per person valid until Nov 30, 2024 (requires min 2 persons)
**** Tour doesn’t operate on Mondays and Tuesdays.
- Cancelation Policy for one day toursCancellation must be made a full 48 hours prior to the service, otherwise a penalty of 100% will be applied 90% refund if cancel 48 hours or more (10% charged to cover bank refund fees).
- No refunds for No shows.
- Includes: TRANSPORTATION
- BILINGUAL GUIDE (ENGLISH/SPANISH)
- ENTRANCE FEE TO: IRAZU VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK
- ENTRANCE FEE TO: LANKESTER GARDENS
Soaring 11, 260′ above sea level and spread out over 5,700 acres, the Irazú Volcano “Mountain of rumbling and trembling” is the highest peak of the Central Volcanic range and the largest volcano in Costa Rica. The road to the summit of Irazú Volcano heads north just before Cartago, the former capital of Costa Rica, winding past beautiful scenery and fantastic views before ending at the awe-inspiring crater. Once at the top of the misty Volcano you will be astonished by its “lunar” landscape.
The tour will begin with us trekking south along the Panamerican Highway until we reach the base of the behemoth “Iztaru” (a name of an indigenous village that was situated on the flanks of the volcano, and a likely candidate as a possible origin for the current name of the Irazu Volcano).
The winding road traverses fertile lands in which all types and forms of vegetation are cultivated, all the while affording us a spectacular panoramic view of the surrounding hills and valleys. And, at the very top of the summit, on a clear day, one can be privy to an unforgettable bird’s eye view of both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
As we descend to the city of Cartago we will stop at the Virgin of the Angels Basilica – a famous peregrination site for many believers, some of which travel for days or even weeks on foot, in a pilgrimage of faith, to the site. The Basilica has large vaulted ceilings and exquisite examples of stained glass windows, and is a must see.
Next, after we visit the Basilica we will stop at the Lankester Gardens, a University of Costa Rica Center for investigation that protects more than 800 species of orchids, bromeliads and countless species of other plants.
Then, we will continue to the Valley of Orosi, an area that overflows with unparalleled beauty. We will be able to visit one of the few remaining colonial churches and we will stop to enjoy a tasty typical lunch at one of the local restaurants.