irazu, orosi & lankester
irazu volcano, orosi valley and lankester gardens
We take the panamerican highway south, to start ascending the large “iztaru”. the winding road travels through fertile lands cultivated with all kinds of vegetables as we observe a lovely panoramic view. at the top of the volcano you can observe the main craters and on a clear day both atlantic and pacific oceans can be seen. as we descend to the city of cartago we will stop at the virgin of the angels basilica which according to religious custom, is a peregrination site for many believers. after visiting the basilica we will stop at lankester gardens, a university of costa rica center for investigation that protects more than 800 species of orchids, bromeliads and countless species of other plants. we will continue to the valley of orosi where creation overflows in unparallel beauty. we will be able to visit one of the few remaining colonial churches and we will stop for lunch in one of the local restaurants.
recommendations: hat, jacket, walking shoes, insect repellent, binoculars and camera.
san luis canopy
the green adventure
set into the placid cloud forests of costa rica’s central valley region, the san luis canopy tour will take you on an exhilarating and safe adventure through lush, green canopy and across the majestic rio cataratitas. carried securely by a system of zip lines, you will soar weightlessly through the expanse of virgin forest that grounds the tour, and find yourself in intimacy with the habitats of costa rica’s distinct cloud forest wildlife. the san luis canopy tour also presents the “elevator,” a thrilling feature that securely lifts visitors high above the forest canopy, granting a paramount view of the surrounding area. though customer enjoyment is a central objective, san luis canopy tour designates safety above all as a keystone principle: all personnel and facilities under their name carry up-to-date certification from the costa rica institute of tourism. san luis canopy tour takes pride in their credentials and by them guarantees with confidence that this tour is among the most professional, informative, and enjoyable in costa rica. canopy with 12 different zip lines and 18 platforms.
poas volcano national park – doka estate coffee mill and plantation – la paz waterfalls gardens.
we will take the Pan-American Highway towards the city of alajuela. in route we will go by the agriculture monument, the monument to juan santamaria and the famous mango park. as we ascend towards the volcano we will stop for a brief explanation of our golden bean, the coffee and then continue our trip through fern, flower and strawberry farms. there is a noticeable change in temperature and vegetation, preparing us for the pleasure of the exuberant cloud forest of poas volcano. at the volcano we will have time to observe the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles. then we will hike on a trail to the beautiful botos lagoon that will allow us to learn about the different ecosystems in the park. we will continue our trip towards the caribbean, stopping to discover la paz waterfall gardens, a natural park where we will walk through many spectacular trails which will take us to the white magic waterfall, the most spectacular one in the area. inside the park we will also visit the largest butterfly observatory in the country that is known as the house of collections of tropical jewels and the impressive hummingbird gallery, the serpentarium, the old house, the bird house & the frogs exhibit. once we have finished our walk we will take a delicious lunch buffet and then begin our return trip to san jose.
tecommendations: hat, light jacket, walking shoes, insect repellent, binoculars and camera.