For any visitor, national or foreign, it's a must to do this tourist ring; constituting an encounter with Costa Rican history, its ways of life, myths and legends, its cultural roots and beautiful landscapes. But above all, it's a splendid opportunity to enjoy the cordiality of dwellers, kitchen delights and enjoy the excellent coffee of the region.
If well it's true that by being close to the different tourist attractions, the tour could be done in one day, it's worth mentioning that the hotel offer, very well coordinated mentioning and organized by the Chamber of Tourism of Orosí.
your belt, life jacket or boots and venture into the copious vegetation and paradisaical places.
Tapantí, so called by the indigenous Huetar people, is found 36 Km southeast of San Jose, Costa Rica, in the valley of Orosí. It has with an area of 58,000 hectares and the altitude varies from 1.200m to 2.560 m over sea level. It's a primary rainforest, rich in flora and fauna. Possessing an abundance of rivers and streams, almost 150 water courses drain into the Grande de Orosi River.
Tapantí safeguards tree species such as chile muelo (drymys winteri), oak, andean alder (alnus acuminate), rosewood (dalbergia retusa). quizarra (Nectandra sp.), covered by mosses, ferns, bromelias, orchids and others. It is also a refuge for the tapir, collared anteater, coyote, otter, ocelot, wild boar, sloth, monkey, howler monkey, toucan, quetzal, butterflies, amphibians and other species. This forest is one of the most visited by students of different nationalities and is a vital source of water and electricity supply for Costa Rica.
Many prodigies are ascribed to the Virgin of Ujarrás, but of upmost importance is the miracle of Quebrada Honda, when neighbors from Ujarrás and Cartago in 1666 repelled pirates searching for treasures and control of this site. The town revers the Virgin for liberating their land. From this date on, people from Cartago descend to the Valley topay homage and participate in what's known as the Mass of the Vow or Oath.
Colonial Church of Orosí
Orosi Colonial Church
With the growing awareness of cultural values and due to the beauty of the place. This colonial church has become one of the most attractive destinations of Orosí. At the southeast side of the temple is an L-shaped construction that served as a convent before: today it's a museum of religious art. The thick adobe walls and the simplicity of its architectural line give the temple a humble and sober air. Orosí Museum into colonial church, is the most ancient of the country? In this museum carpentry, iron working, weaving, and music workshops were imparted to the indigenous people, as well as Spanish and Latin lessons. Among the most valuable works according to the technical records of the place, are 5 paintings that were brought from Mexico.
The Valley of Orosí offers many places for lovers of craftsmanship. The painter Martin Calderón has a Gallery and Art School in Cachí. There are beautiful works in stone in Peñas Blancas, by Ricardo Contreras. Astonish yourself by visiting Hermes and Miguel Quesada at the Casa del Soñador (Dreamer's House) to appreciate their wood sculptures.
Cachí Lake and Reservoir
The Cachí reservoir was constructed in 1966 and is very important for the production of electricity in Costa Rica. Lankaster Botanical Garden: Internationally acknowledged for its ample collection of epiphytes, it was established in 1973 as an educational center, for the conservation, exhibit and study of tropical plants, with emphasis on orchids. Its 10.7 hectares of greenhouses and gardens house almost 3000 species of plants, including orchids, bromelias, heliconias, gingers, musaceas, cacti, ferns, bamboos, palms and tropical trees.
Orosí and Ujarrás Lookouts
These splendid lookouts are managed by the ICT and offer the most spectacular panoramic view of the Valley; they also have gardens with a picnic area -admission is free.
Only a few countries in the world offer as many species in such a small area as Costa Rica. Many of the birds, resident as migratory, are found 24
in different habitats. There are also some very common species that have adapted to human settlements and are widely distributed. Among these species is the Tropical Kingbird, the Squirrel cuckoo, Clay-colored Robin. Blue-gray Tanager, and Rufous-collared Sparrow. Black Vulture. Cattle Egret, and Great-tailed Grackle are also omnipresent birds. Bird-watchers will quickly become familiar with these and other very common species. Among the most searched, neo-tropical ones are the Trogon, Motmot, Toucan, Puffbird, Lance-tailed Manakin, Cotinga, Hummingbird, and Tangara; and the most difficult to observe being a true challenge: Tinamou, Shining Honeycreeper, Brown-billed Scythebill, and Anteater.
The more experienced birders, and those who have been to other places in the world, will wish to find species not seen previously in. Costa Rica has several areas where a great variety of endemic birds may be observed. The highlands of the Talamanca Mountain Range, the Central Volcanic Mountain Range and the Tilarán Mountain Range, are some of the places of highest endemism in Costa Rica. There are over forty endemic species in the high lands.
These species are only found in Costa Rica and Panama's occidental area. Among them are the Black Guan Sulfur-winged Parakeet, Fiery-throated Hummingbird, Magenta-throated Woodstar, Streaked-breasted Treehunter, Silvery-fronted Tapaculo, Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher, Golden-browed Chlorophonia, Spangled-checked Tanager, Yellow¬thighed Finch, and Volcano Junco, to mention just a few.