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Tapanti National Park

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Address: | Edge of the Talamanca Range, near Cartago, Orosi, Costa Rica

Only an hour's drive from San Jose, this dense rainforest remains largely...

Only an hour's drive from San Jose, this dense rainforest remains largely obscure.

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Challenging hike

Spent 4 hours in the park. Have seen no big bird. En only a few smal . The vieuw from the miradore was not fantastic. You can only see a smal part of the vally. But it hade a nice... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Johan V
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spent 4 hours in the park. Have seen no big bird. En only a few smal . The vieuw from the miradore was not fantastic. You can only see a smal part of the vally. But it hade a nice watervall in the distance. The 2 km hike was verry challenging, i liked that. Be prepared to be muddy. Over... More 

Thank Johan V
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The experience begins before you arrive to the Park as the Orosi Valley is a beauty in itself. The Park offers trails and access to the river which is very nice for those looking for a connection with nature. VERY RECOMMENDED.

1 Thank Cristian Q
San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

It's a great place for a different activity. You can share with nature, do hiking. The place clearly indicates where you can walk safetly

1 Thank Mari T
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2016

Great spot for hiking with our children, two and four years old. Only disappointment was that we thought the waterfall trail would lead to the bottom of the waterfall and we never got anywhere near it. Only tried the Catarata and Pava trails because the park attendant told us the others were harder. Paid $30 for two adults and two... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2016

We had a sunny day and no mud on the trails. River trail is not very difficult, but a lot of stairs and climbing back to the road. Orosi river is pristine with differently shaped rocks and nice cool water. Waterfall view is nice and the whole experience is calm and tranquil, as there are not many visitors and you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2016

Came here for a hike, and really enjoyed it; however we could not find the trail we were looking for, never saw a sign for it. But instead we hiked the road up to the waterfall viewpoint, and then on the way down we hiked a few easier trails near the river. Beautiful park, and some great bird watching.

1 Thank Empidonax
San Vito, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2016

This was my second visit to Tapanti and I enjoyed it even more than I had the first time many years ago. The forest is beautiful and full of birds (early morning or late afternoon). The trail we walked was beside the river and it is well maintained and quite scenic. Picnic-type summer houses are available for families all along... More 

1 Thank AlisonOlivieri
Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2016

be sure you understand from the park ranger which trail is difficult and which two are relatively easy. park is worth a visit for both trails (depending on who you are with and their ability to handle easy or hard levels of difficulty)

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Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2016

Tapanti is a beautiful park! I would highly recommend taking the time to do a day trip and hike all the trails. There are only four, but they are simply beautiful. The waterfall hike is just unreal, as it follows the river and meanders through rainforest.

2 Thank K8errm24
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

This park was described as a "picnic park" by our host, and in the tradition of trusting the locals, we almost skipped it. In the end, we were glad we didn't... While it is indeed set up for picnicking (lots of sites with roof and tables, short trails) and we weren't lucky enough to see much in terms of wild... More 

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