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Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley and Lankester

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Immerse yourself in the natural landscapes of Central America and see Costa Rica’s best highlights on this full-day trip from San Jose! Visit the tallest volcano in Costa Rica, tour the old city of Orosi and explore the colorful Lankester Botanical Gardens.
  • Tour Irazu Volcano and the Orosi Valley in just a day
  • Travel far from the hustle of San Jose on a time budget
  • Private transportation is reliable and comfortable
  • Guide provides information you wouldn’t get on your own
  • Lunch at a local restaurant included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from San Jose included
What to Expect
Begin your tour with pickup from your San Jose hotel. Travel in an air-conditioned van through scenic countryside en route to your first destination at Cartago, situated at the base of Irazu Volcano. Upon arrival, tour the Basilica of Los Angeles, an important pilgrimage destination famous for its shrine to Black Madonna. Next, drive up Irazu Volcano to admire its gray slopes and crater lagoon at close range. Descend on the other side into the quiet town of Orosi, where a city walking tour highlights the colonial architecture, natural surroundings, and one of the oldest churches in Costa Rica. Eat lunch at a local restaurant (included). Your last stop is at the Lankester Botanical Gardens. Your guide tells you about the tropical orchids that make the gardens popular. Tour concludes with drop-off at your San Jose hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up customers at the hotel lobby.
Departure Time
7:00 AM
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles
  • Entry/Admission - Irazu Volcano National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi )
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • A minimum of two passengers are required for the tour to commence. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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It isn't active, but I have read that itnis the tallest volcano in Costa Rica. It is the only one I have been to, so I cannot compare. I can say that it was a delightful time, coupled with a stunning drive to the top. I would have loved to have spent more time in Tierra
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Response from Sharon S, Public Relations Manager at Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley and Lankester
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hello! Greetings from Gray Line Costa Rica. Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback with us! We’re so glad you had a good experience.
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Not a great experience to start with. First, our tour guide forgot to pick us up. Called 10 times including an “emergency” number provided by Gray Line, no one picked up and no response on the several messages sent either. We were told pick up is at 615am, sat at the lobby till
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Pretty easy-going half day trip, nothing amazing, the Lankester gardens are nice, not much time was spent there.
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Response from Sharon S, Marketing Manager at Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley and Lankester
Responded 19 Dec 2019
Dear 734sean, Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and feedback with us. We're grateful for your honest feedback.
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I took this tour on my first full day in Costa Rica and enjoyed seeing a variety of sites. It can be cold up on the volcano, so you may want to wear pants and bring a jacket. We couldn't really get a good view of the inside of the cathedral because we were there on Sunday and
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The driver and guide were very nice! We learned a lot about the region while driving. Seeing volcanoes and the craters is always a cool experience. It was cloudy since it was rainy season, but the clouds were moving so we managed to see the lake in the crater, which was
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