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Tapanti National Park

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

I'm going back there at my earliest opportunity but next time I'm going early in the AM when it's more likely to be clear and less likely to be raining. Next time I'm bringing a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 23, 2015
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Richfield, Minnesota
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Richfield, Minnesota
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

I'm going back there at my earliest opportunity but next time I'm going early in the AM when it's more likely to be clear and less likely to be raining. Next time I'm bringing a rain jacket. I cut my hike short because of the rain, which was too bad because this is a beautiful place. Living in Minnesota, I... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Our hotel arranged (Orosi Lodge) arranged a cab driver to leave us there and go back to pick us up 3h later. We paid him $40 for both rides. We arrived in the early side, the park was just opening and we didn't see many other tourists there. We did the trek to the lookout point which is easy. Going... More 

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1 Thank HelenaGuerra
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 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 Metro, Costa Rica
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67 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 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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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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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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 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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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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18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 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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