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Tapanti National Park

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“the river”(20 reviews)
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Only an hour's drive from San Jose, this dense rainforest remains largely obscure.
| Edge of the Talamanca Range, near Cartago, Orosi, Costa Rica
+506 2206 5615
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Reviewed July 18, 2018 via mobile

It is excactly what you expect. A rainforest with some trails to follow. You will find some great views over some waterfalls and ridges. There are some picknick areas, but they are not to die for. You have to wear good shoes and bring an...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Dan Jøran H
Reviewed May 5, 2018

We drove thru the park. Not a lot of people. Saw a beautiful waterfall. Could have been the Monte Sky Mirador

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Martha T
Reviewed April 26, 2018

We have been living in Costa Rica for several months and are nearing the end of our stay. We're going to places we really want to see before we leave. The Orosi Valley is one of those places on my list. There are quite a...More

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank ajp1216
Reviewed February 25, 2018

Ask at Orosi LLlodge for recommendations for a guide. We were able to see monkeys, tapir, loads of birds that we probably would have missed. went on two of the trails--one with steep elevation and one that went by the river.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Amy S
Reviewed February 3, 2018

This quiet park has fantistic birding. We had Giovanni Bello as a guide and he is fantastic, top notch and very nice guy to boot. Not many people there even though it was the weekend. Some of the best birding is along the road but...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Stan J
Reviewed January 13, 2018

For someone who wants to enjoy good, easy, safe, hiking, Tapantí is the place. Seeing the Reventazón River totally unspoiled is by far the main attraction of the place. We had a zillion boulders to choose for to rest, walk, jump, and climb (the really...More

Date of experience: January 2018
3  Thank Edwin G
Reviewed January 6, 2018

We visited the park with a Field Guides birding tour and wanted to be there first thing in the morning so we got a super early start from Rancho Naturalista. After driving a few hours, we arrived at the gate but it wasn't open yet...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Diane D
Reviewed November 7, 2017 via mobile

Being from the Northwest, I expected being closer to the one visible waterfall, and there is truly nothing to see near the hiking trails. Flora are the same as the surrounding valley, and hiking trails in various states of disrepair. A must skip.

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank David P
Reviewed September 4, 2017 via mobile

Entrance fee is 10 USD per person. They give you a little map. You drive your car to the entrance of the trail you want to walk. There are 3 trails. One is a mile, one is 3 miles and the other is 1.5 miles....More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Embennett08
Reviewed April 24, 2017

Been there 25 years ago and decided to take my family to this place.- Its beautiful; the place is extremely clean and the maintenance of the cabins is 10/10.- Bathrooms very clean and with toilet paper (something very rare to see) If you want to...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank madanavc
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February 8, 2017|
Response from Algonquin18 | Reviewed this property |
There are about three trails and we only did a short 45 min loop hike to riverbed. You could get a good workout walking between the three trail heads which are spread out along the park road. I'm not sure the park is geared... More
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Gatineau, Canada
Day trip for Irazu Volcano, Finca Cristina, Hot springs (1 Replies)
Hello, For our last day in CR, after a week on the Caribbean Coast in May, we are planning for a day trip in the Orosi Valley. We are interested in a trip from San Jose out to the Irazu Volcano, visiting the organic coffee plantation Finca Cristina, and enjoying the hot springs near Orosi. We haven't seen any day tour that offer the above, are there any? Bill Beard's can organize a customized tour (billbeardcostarica.com/php/note_detail.php…), would anyone recommend that company? Where...More
April 01, 2009|
Chicago, Illinois
Beginning to plan my trip/kids/less touristy options (12 Replies)
Hi! I'm starting to plan my trip for the New Year's week+ 2015-16, 8-14 days, not sure yet. Family with 2 boys, ages 6 and 10. We would like to see a volcano, hike in a cloud forest, see wildlife, maybe hot springs, and have some beach time (with good snorkeling for mom and dad). I realize that this time of year is super touristy, so I was hoping to skip some of the crowded spots. Heres is what I've come up with. 1. Orosi Valley - Tapanti National Park, maybe Parque los Quetzales? Tapanti...More
March 07, 2015|
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With 8 nights you just have to limit yourself. Spend 1 st 3 nights in Orosi Valley or nearby. Drive to the top of Irazu (1/2 day trip), spend a day hiking in Tapanti Nationsl Park but be sure and get a guide. Spend next 2-3 nights in Cahuita and hike in the nationsl park, try snorkeling off a boat and maybe take a daytrip south of Puerto Viejo to visit the Jaguar Rescue Sanctuary and visit beaches at Punta Uva or Manzanillo. Then end your trip with 2-3 nights in Sarapiqui with a guidd hike at...More