The Cartago-Orosi Valley is exactly what most people imagine Costa Rica to be like. The Reventazon River flows through this steep-sided valley to the Cachi Dam. The views are of lush tropical mountains amidst quiet and secluded areas with just the sounds of nature to break the stillness. Coffee plantations cover the gentle sloping foothills. However, your holiday home in paradise is just an hour’s drive from the shopping, theatres, casinos and museums of San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital city and some of Costa Rica’s best beaches are just 60 miles away, either east to the Caribbean or west to the Pacific.
The Cartago-Orosi Valley is the place to enjoy exploring Costa Rica’s rich diversity of animal, plant and bird life. Go water-rafting, take guided walks into the cloud forest, cycle through parts of the Orosi Valley, go trout fishing, bathe in the bubbling hot springs or go kayaking and canoeing on still lakes. In sharp contrast, the nearby city of San Jose offers the TerraMall with many modern shops and stores, casinos and night life, a choice of international restaurants for dining out, coffee shops brewing local coffee beans, spas and movie theatres. With stunning beaches just an hour’s drive away from your Cartago-Orosi Valley holiday home you can enjoy surfing and sunbathing, walking along the beautiful sandy beaches and watching local fishermen bring ashore their catch. A tour of a local coffee plantation is a must to see how the coffee beans develop along the branches of the small bushes. Then learn how they are harvested, roasted and stored to make the perfect cup of coffee.
The Cartago-Orosi Valley has many small local villages with open markets where you can buy familiar and more unusual fresh fruit and vegetables. Tour the Ujarras ruins or visit the tropical Lankaster Gardens. Nearby Cartago was Costa Rica’s first city, on the edge of the Irazu Volcano. Walk through the beautiful public park amidst ruins of a large church and colonial buildings which did not survive earlier earthquakes. On the east of Cartago is the beautiful Basilica of our Lady of the Angels with the tiny shrine to La Negrita, the Black Virgin, said to have healing powers. The Tapanti National Park is within easy reach from your Cartago-Orosi holiday rental.
The Cartago-Orosi Valley has consistently warm temperatures which vary between 24-27°C (75-81°F) all year round. The rainy season runs from May to October, but the winter months are dry, pleasantly warm and sunny.
The nearest airport to holiday home rentals in the Cartago-Orosi Valley is the San Jose (SJO) International Airport in Costa Rica’s capital city. There are daily flights to Miami and other major international cities.