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Orchids of Costa Rica

Lankester Garden and Irazu Volcano

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Day 1: Lankester Gardens and Irazu Volcano

  • 1 Lunch
Early this morning depart San Jose and head north until you reach the Irazu Volcano. Upon arrival, hike to the summit of the behemoth “Iztaru” (a name of an indigenous village that was situated on the flanks of the volcano, and a likely candidate as a possible origin for the current name of the Irazú Volcano) and observe numerous craters. At the top of this active volcano, you will notice one of the craters contains a picturesque green crater lake. Descend to the city of Cartago stop at the Virgin of the Angels Basilica, a famous pilgrimage site for many believers.  The Basilica has large vaulted ceilings and exquisite examples of stained glass windows, and is a must see. After visiting the Basilica, next head to the Lankester Gardens which contains more than 800 species of orchids, bromeliads and other plant species. Continue to the Valley of Orosí, an area that overflows with unparallel beauty. Visit one of the few remaining colonial churches and stop to enjoy a scrumptious lunch at one of the local restaurants.

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