What to bring: hiking shoes, or boots or gym shoes, rain gear, binoculars, camera.
Age limit: none
Rate: organized from Guayabo Lodge with guide/driver & transport: USD 60 per person (min 2 persons). Entrance fees of Tapanti park and/or monastery and lunch not included.
For lovers of scenic beauty. The Orosí valley and the Turrialba valley are Costa Rica´s most beautiful valleys. Although very different, both are dominated by the Reventazón River which is dammed in the Orosí valley to form the Cachì dam and in the Turrialba valley, together with other rivers, it is dammed to form the Angostura dam.
Both dams provide Costa Rica with electrical power. The tour to this valley includes a visit to the Ujarras church ruins (the oldest standing church ruins of the country), a visit to ‘La Casa del Soñador’, a rustic place where local woodcarvers carve coffee wood; trout fishing options (if wanted) and different panoramic view spots. Your driver will stop for lunch at the fishing farm, where you can eat the fresh trout –your own catch-, of at Casona del Cafetal restaurant, a more formal restaurant overlooking the Cachi dam.
You may also ask for an optional visit to TapantíNational Park, crossing the spectacular gorge of the Reventazón river, a visit to the Franciscan monastery church of Orosí and optional swimming in thermal pools. This tour can be combined with a visit to the Lankester gardens, or a visit to the Irazú Volcano or a nearby coffee tour , to make it a long day tour.