Orosi Valley Attractions
The pastoral landscape of the Orosi Valley is famous for its excellent views, hot springs and colonial buildings found in the villages throughout the area. Rich soil, abundant plant life and many coffee plantations characterize the region.The Reventazón River meanders through this steep-sided valley until it collects in the lake formed by the Cachí Dam. Some travellers choose to tour the Orosi Valley in an afternoon, while others choose to spend a few days.
Tapantí National Park
Tapantí National Park covers 6,080ha/15,018ac of land on the northern rainforested hills of the Cordillera de Talamanca. The area is extremely wet, with over 150 rivers within the park boundaries. The park usually receives between 2,700mm and 7,000mm (in the highest areas) of rainfall. There are many waterfalls among the lush vegetation and rugged terrain.There are only a few hiking and walking trails, but the park is a top destination for dedicated birders. Over 200 bird species have been recorded, including quetzals, eagles, parrots, hummingbirds, toucans and the tiny antbird.Butterflies and reptiles also abound. Rare mammals sometimes spotted are jaguars, ocelots, jaguarondis, and the tiger cat (caucel). More often sighted are monkeys, raccoons, squirrels and tapirs.Apart from bird-watching, other popular activities in Tapantí National Park include mountain biking and fishing and river swimming. The few trails lead to a swimming hole, picnic area and lookout point with an excellent waterfall view. This park was a wildlife refuge until 1992.
This village was damaged by the flood of 1833 and subsequently abandoned. Since the water has receded the ruins of the village have become a popular attraction combined with the pleasant hike it takes to reach them.The ruined church built in 1693 is of particular interest and is surrounded by parklands. Each year on the third Sunday in April there is an early morning procession on foot to the church ruins from Paraíso, where a mass is said. Local food and music are also featured in this fiesta that celebrates the day of La Virgen de Ujarrás.
Orosi, Costa Rica
Orosi is one of the few colonial towns that has survived the frequent earthquakes in Costa Rica. At the time of the Spanish conquest, a Huetar Indian chief lived in the area and the town is named for him. Orosi and the surrounding districts have a population of about 8,000 people and coffee is the main product grown in the area.
Orosi Church & Religious Museum
Built in the first half of the 18th C, this church has survived many earthquakes. The original atmosphere is preserved and the church features altars and shrines meticulously carved from wood. Adjacent is a small museum including religious art and relics outlining religious colonial history.
Orosi Coffee Adventure Tours
The huge coffee farm and exporter Beneficiadora Renex offers several tours of the establishment. Visitors can walk through the processing plant and enjoy a coffee-tasting, or take a longer tour through the coffee fields.
Orosi Thermal Baths
This recreational complex is found on the shore of the artificial Cachí Lake and is run by the Costa Rican government. Walking trails, picnic areas and a swimming pool are found here. Boats are available to rent for enjoyment on the lake.