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Tapanti National Park

Orosi, Costa Rica
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Ranked #1 of 6 Attractions in Orosi
Type: National Parks, Outdoors
Owner description: Only an hour's drive from San Jose, this dense rainforest remains largely obscure.
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Type: National Parks, Outdoors
Owner description: Only an hour's drive from San Jose, this dense rainforest remains largely obscure.
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51 reviews 51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Unlike many other protected areas in Costa Rica, Tapanti is not congested with tourists. This can provide a worthwhile experience in hiking, bird watching, animal spotting, tree diversity, epiphytes, etc. The park is large and unspoiled. The trails are adequate not contained in an extensive, unwieldy system. The lack of distance hiking encourages slowing down and soaking up the natural,... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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47 reviews 47 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

This luscious green park has fun and challenging trails for those who want to breathe some fresh air and do some exercise. One of our favorite weekend outings is doing some trails in the morning to work up an appetite and then taking either a picnic lunch or bringing some coal and meat to use their BBQ facilities by the... More 

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Desamparados, San Jose, Costa Rica
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Don't go to Tapanti on weekends during the dry season if you can help it. It gets full of noisy parties and feels like a glorified picnic area. However, if you can make it on a monday or tuesday not a soul will be there and you will love it. The trails are not super extensive but do show you... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Beautiful green jungle with moss everywhere and epiphytes on all the trees. Really cool park, trails to walk for the day long. Nice waterfall overlook to see. Wear raingear, it's worth it.

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Palm Beach, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

I visited this unspoiled tropical oasis in late September[2013] with Tico naturalist Carlos Betancourt Suarez to view the abundant birds but soon after our arrival and only about 15 minutes into our trail hike we got caught in a rainfall or downpour that would not end. Actually, the rain did finally end after about one and a half hours but... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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109 reviews 109 reviews
60 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Unfortunately, when we visited the park, so did a zillion other people. If you can go when it's not expected to be busy (not a holiday) you would probably stand a chance of seeing wildlife. We had a very nice and steep hike down to the river, which reminds me of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Beautiful foliage, ferns,... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

pros: - beautiful scenery - length of the walks suitable for children cons: - the whole park is a huge picnic area that attracts a lot of very friendly but noisy ticos. - only three short trails, one of which was closed, and an overlook of a waterfall at the end of the park - really hard to see interesting... More 

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Barrie, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Tapanti National Park is a wonderful place to spend a day. The scenery is stunning and the trails and facilities are very well maintained. While only a small portion of the park is actually accessible to tourists it is very well worth the trip. The best part is that it is rarely crowded except for weekends in the high season.... More 

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London
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

We did the 2km walk with my eight year old. It rained heavily as is to be expected in the green season, and it was a great walk. Beware, that it is a very vertical hike for the first km or so, so it feels much longer!

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Whitby, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Stunning scenery, well kept trails and good facilities, but the area accessible to the public is quite small - understandably perhaps, as a lot of scientific research is being done within the park.

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