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“Gorgeous Valley, alive with Flame trees” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi )

Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi )
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Bicycle Tour from San Jose
Ranked #7 of 114 things to do in San Jose
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Duluth, MN
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“Gorgeous Valley, alive with Flame trees”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

Beautiful drive out there, going through Paraiso, and stopping at Finca Christina, a wonderful small organic coffee farm. ( need to make reservations - so look up website or read LP Costa Rica book) Also close to Lancester Gardens, which have great orchids..

Visited February 2012
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Calgary, Canada
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“Stunning scenery, lovely little towns”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2012

The Orosi Valley is an amazingly beautiful piece of Costa Ricas central valley. Its avout an hours drive from San Jose, through Cartago and on to Paraiso. There is a scenic drive around the Reventazon river and Cachi Lake; this can be driven clockwise via Ujarras, Cachi, Orosi and back to Paraiso, or vice-versa. The roads are windy and steep, but you dont need a 4X4.
Stop at the Government Ujarras Mirador ( left turn on the way down) for great views over the valley. Turn into Ujarras to see the ruins of the 1693 church which is set in lovely gardens - also very good for birdwatching in the early mornings.
Continue on to Cachi Dam, stop to view the gorge from the bridge. On to Cachi, after which you will pass the coffee root carvers Casa del Sonador (they are mentioned in all the guide books, but their work is very primitive), and the Cassona del Cafetal restaurant - the setting is beautiful on the lake, but I haven't eaten there.
Continue around the lake - there are lots of little villages that snake up the mountainside. If you're feeling brave drive up as far as you can just to get the view. Then skitter down the gravel roads in first gear!!
Once over the river and in Orosi there are two commercial hot springs, both of which close at 4:00pm, so make sure you get there early enough if you want a dip. Local lore also says there are natural hotsprings in the area, but I heard stories that a) they were very dangerous because of robbers, and b) that the river levels were too high for the hot springs to be distinct. Who knows??
We spent many afternoons drinking coffee and eating a pastry at the Cafe Suiza on the main road. It is a good place to watch Orosi town go about its' laid back business. One day we thought we'd try coffee at the Orosi Lodge just down the street next to the hot springs - it was very tasty, and three times as expensive as Cafe Suiza!!
We used the local supermarket there for most of our shopping - take a look and see the varied supplies from rubber boots to sacks of animal feed, soup to nuts. The store is also surprisingly well stocked with North American food and snacks, probably for students at the Orosi language school.
Orosi church is the oldest in the country; it looks onto the soccer field in the centre of town. Both locals and tourists enjoy going inside and also taking in the small museum beside it.
Driving back to Paraiso is the uphill leg, again a windy road but fine for all vehicles. There is another Government Mirador at the top on the left overlooking Orosi, but many tourists opt to go a bit further up to the Sanchiri Restaurant and take in the view from there. And then back to Paraiso.
The entire journey is about 25 kms, and could be driven in less than an hour if you chose not to stop. If you eat ice cream in Ujarras, lunch at Casona del Caffetal, took a dip in the Orosi hot springs, coffee at Cafe Suiza and supper at sunset at Sanchirri Restaurant you'd a have a nice gentle day out.

Visited January 2012
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Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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“Superb weekend escape / stunning views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2012

Beautiful valley to the south of Cartago. superb place to experience local culture and take in some of the wonderful flora and fauna of Costa Rica.

NB not a huge tourist attraction. prepare to be the only 'gringos' there.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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“A nice day trip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2012

It's a nice get away from San Jose or if you want to stay there there are hot springs and it's in a pretty valley.

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San José
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“Peace like you will seldom experience again”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2012

The Orosi River Valley is a place where you feel the nature has marked the human spirit so profoundly that it will never be tainted by that terrible and strange thing we humans call a city. It is a must.

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