Irazu - Valle De Orosi Lankaster Garden: Enjoy a taste of all that colourful Costa Rica has to offer with this fun-filled day tour from Cartago. Stand atop a mighty volcano, tour a beautiful stately cathedral and explore a botanical garden packed with incredible wildlife to get three different snapshops of this diverse and exotic location.
First, head through the montane forests to Irazu Volcano, the highest peak of the Central Volcanic Range of Costa Rica with a mint green pool of acidic water in its crater. On a sunny day it's possible to appreciate both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans from this impressive cone, famous for erupting in 1963 on the day US President John F. Kennedy began his state visit to Costa Rica. Next, discover a man-made marvel: the Basilica of Los Angeles in downtown Cartago. This beautiful Catholic cathedral and pilgrimage site is dedicated to a small representation of the Virgin Mary with miraculous powers, said to have been discovered by a peasant girl. This statue is kept in a golden shell inside the basilica, and is known as the Queen of Cartago.
Finally, dive into the lush forests and coffee plantations of the Orosi Valley for a visit to the Lankester Botanic Gardens. World famous for its stunning collection of orchids, these beautiful gardens span 27 acres, with more than 3000 plant species and many birds and insects for visitors to discover. Experience wilderness and culture from the old capital with this phenomenal day tour of the most impressive monuments and marvels of Costa Rica.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up from the hotels.
Duration: Nine hours.
Start/opening time: 7.50am.
End/closing time: 5pm.
Languages: English and Spanish.
Others: Please bring a swimsuit. Includes lunch, transportation and guide. Not suitable for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.