Cartago Province, Costa Rica Activities

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San Jose: Walking Nature Tour with Sloths, Birds, and Trees

1. San Jose: Walking Nature Tour with Sloths, Birds, and Trees

Departing from the nearby meeting point, visit the University of Costa Rica campus, home to some of the largest patches of forest in San Jose. Guided by young biologists, discover the nature hiding in the middle of Costa Rica's largest city. Experience wildlife you wouldn't have imagined existed minutes away from downtown.   On the first stop, you’ll look for resident and migratory birds, lots of incredible insects and amazing flowers. Then, see the largest indigenous stone sphere in San Jose, thought to derive from the extinct Diquis culture. Lastly, visit the main campus to seek out the friendly sloths climbing freely. The goal of this tour is to change the way tourism is done in Costa Rica, while supporting young scientists, researchers, and local entrepreneurs.

San Jose: Irazú Volcano, Cartago City & Orosi Valley Tour

2. San Jose: Irazú Volcano, Cartago City & Orosi Valley Tour

Start with a pickup from your hotel and travel by minibus along the Panamerican Highway until you reach the base of the Irazú Volcano. Travel up the winding road through fertile farmlands where many types of fruit and vegetables are cultivated.  Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding hills and valleys. At the summit of the volcano, on a clear day, marvel at the spectacular view of both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Next, descend to the city of Cartago and stop at the Virgin of the Angels Basilica. Discover this local pilgrimage site which has large vaulted ceilings and exquisite examples of stained glass windows.  Continue the tour through the Orosi Valley, an area of magnificent natural beauty. Visit one of the few remaining colonial churches in the region and stop for a tasty typical lunch at one of the local restaurants. Finally, be returned to your hotel to complete the tour.

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Very calm, well paced walking tour allowing enough time to observe and absorb the fauna and flora on the campus. Our guide was very knowledgeable and spoke very good english. Definitely a tour we would recommend. We saw sloths, different birds, spiders and a variety of trees, plants and flowers. Ideally take the tour on weekends or when the students are off because it allows you to appreciate the sounds of the birds and other animals.

Really nice tour without going out from the city. The tour guide was knowledgeable about the wildlife found in the campus (birds, plants, sloths and other animals). The downside was the all the sloths we found were sleeping, so we couldn’t see them properly. Overall I would recommend the tour if you are a nature lover :)

Excellent tour guide. Highly recommended if your time is limited to explore the nature reserve 3-5 hours away from San Jose.

Our guide was very good and calm, it was very cloudy but even with that I really enjoyed the tour

Fabulous. The guide was so enthusiastic about his job. Extremely knowledgeable.