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“Overprized picnic area”

Tapanti National Park
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Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Orosi
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Owner description: Only an hour's drive from San Jose, this dense rainforest remains largely obscure.
Berlin, Germany
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Overprized picnic area”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

- beautiful scenery
- length of the walks suitable for children

- 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 wildlife without a guide even in good weather walking slow and silently and looking in every crack and turning around every leaf (we were hiking about 9 am on a sunny day)
- terrible map of the park (photocopied) where we couldn't decipher some of the signs
- no visitor center, nothing to learn about the park and its flora and fauna
- way overprized (10$ per person) for what you get
- the gravel road to the park is in bad shape with lots of holes, 4x4 recommended
- no working light in bathrooms, toilet paper completey soaked by the moisture in the air

Our recommendation: Getting there by sunrise is supposed to let you see a lot of birds. Or go there with a guide who can tell you something about the park and point out some animals.

Visited November 2013
3 Thank muzikshower
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Level 6 Contributor
67 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“An Unspoiled Beauty”
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. Swimming in the rapids of the Rio Grande de Orosi is a blast but the temperature of the mountain water is let’s say “refreshing” The water is so crystal clear that you can actually see trout swimming from the bank. There are some nice picnic areas and even barbeque pits if you would like to prepare a hot meal. There are also hikes to waterfalls and scenic lookouts. Birders will be in heaven here, but go early because they don’t call it a rainforest for nothing.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank CanaTico
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Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“2 km hike in Tapanti”
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!

Visited August 2013
1 Thank TBuss
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Whitby, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Worth the drive”
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.

Visited July 2013
Thank robnalice
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Miami, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A must to see”
Reviewed June 27, 2013

This is park not on the top 10 list to visit in Costa Rica, that is why is so special. It's not so touristy and the natural settings have not been invaded by the tourist. It is a beautiful rain forest set in its natural habitat well preserved by the country and the park ranger.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank jrebus_13
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