We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Not worth the drive” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Ruinas de Ujarras

Ruinas de Ujarras
El Valle del Rio Orosi, San Jose 2004, Costa Rica
Improve this listing
Ranked #24 of 77 things to do in San Jose
Attraction details
Weston, Florida
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Not worth the drive”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

We rented a car and drove there, some roads along the way were not well paved or maintained and the car rental GPS took us through villages and blocked paths on the way through the hilly, convolutional road that leads there. There were several restaurant signs along the way but we did not have lunch or stayed over there. Once you arrive, it felt like we were at the wrong place so empty and not touristy it was, a few parking spots on an empty street and a woman asking for change to look after the car, inside the park there were several stray dogs and a security guard near what seemed to be a restroom. The park is very small, the ruins are beautiful alright, but it was not worth the almost 2 hours’ drive from San Jose. When we were leaving another small group of tourists arrived.

Visited March 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes 5
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

90 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    38
    36
    14
    2
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Heredia, Costa Rica
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
15 attraction reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Out of the way, but worth the trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

This is an out of the way attraction, but very much worth the trip. The ruins of the old church are located in the valley of the Orosi River and can be seen from the Mirador (lookout, scenic view) on the road from Paraíso/Cartago. The Mirador also has picnic tables, grills, benches, etc.

The ruins themselves would be a little more interesting if the history information were not so damaged. I recommend printing out the history before you go. The park surrounding hte ruins is very well cared for and has a playground, picnic tables, etc. It is a great place for a family/group gathering. Parking is directly in front and ample. There is no admission charge.

Visited May 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Heredia, Costa Rica
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
37 attraction reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Interesting, well kept park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

It is nice to see a part of history preserved. Take mosquito spray! It is a nice drive from San Jose and there are other things in the area to see.

Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
25 attraction reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
“Good picnic spot”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We visited the ruins as part of our day trip from Orosi to Irazu (part of a loop drive). There is no admission charge. Lots of families are here for the weekend. There are many trees in the park and kids are swimming in the stream at the edge of the park. It is definitely a great spot for picnic. You can barely read the plaque that describes the ruin. There isn't much to see here at this place, but the loop drive is interesting.

Visited March 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
chicago
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“beautiful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

This was such a great find! Make sure to pack a lunch as it's in the middle of a very beautiful park and you'll want to spend some time there!

Visited February 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Ruinas de Ujarras also viewed

 
San Jose, San Jose Metro
 

Been to Ruinas de Ujarras? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Ruinas de Ujarras, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.