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Tapanti National Park

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Address: | Edge of the Talamanca Range, near Cartago, Orosi, Costa Rica
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Only an hour's drive from San Jose, this dense rainforest remains largely...

Only an hour's drive from San Jose, this dense rainforest remains largely obscure.

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Gorgeous views of the mountains, easy trails

I rented a bike in Orosi and rode up to Tapanti National Park. The ride up took about 1.5 hours (distance is 11 km one way) on a poor bike. It is a beautiful ride, during the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 February 2015
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2015 via mobile

I rented a bike in Orosi and rode up to Tapanti National Park. The ride up took about 1.5 hours (distance is 11 km one way) on a poor bike. It is a beautiful ride, during the week there is not much traffic. On the weekends, it might not be so pleasant. Once in the park it is 4.5 km... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2015

This is one of the hardest and largest trails in Tapanti. It's a 2,5 kms semicircular and thickly forested nature trail. It climbs steeply up and down, it's also very muddy and there are many fallen trees along the way. You'll need at least 2h to finish it.

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Richfield, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2015

I'm going back there at my earliest opportunity but next time I'm going early in the AM when it's more likely to be clear and less likely to be raining. Next time I'm bringing a rain jacket. I cut my hike short because of the rain, which was too bad because this is a beautiful place. Living in Minnesota, I... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2015

Our hotel arranged (Orosi Lodge) arranged a cab driver to leave us there and go back to pick us up 3h later. We paid him $40 for both rides. We arrived in the early side, the park was just opening and we didn't see many other tourists there. We did the trek to the lookout point which is easy. Going... More 

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1 Thank HelenaGuerra
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2014

Unlike many other protected areas in Costa Rica, Tapanti is not congested with tourists. This can provide a worthwhile experience in hiking, bird watching, animal spotting, tree diversity, epiphytes, etc. The park is large and unspoiled. The trails are adequate not contained in an extensive, unwieldy system. The lack of distance hiking encourages slowing down and soaking up the natural,... More 

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San Jose Metro, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014

This luscious green park has fun and challenging trails for those who want to breathe some fresh air and do some exercise. One of our favorite weekend outings is doing some trails in the morning to work up an appetite and then taking either a picnic lunch or bringing some coal and meat to use their BBQ facilities by the... More 

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Desamparados, San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2014

Don't go to Tapanti on weekends during the dry season if you can help it. It gets full of noisy parties and feels like a glorified picnic area. However, if you can make it on a monday or tuesday not a soul will be there and you will love it. The trails are not super extensive but do show you... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014

Beautiful green jungle with moss everywhere and epiphytes on all the trees. Really cool park, trails to walk for the day long. Nice waterfall overlook to see. Wear raingear, it's worth it.

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Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2013

I visited this unspoiled tropical oasis in late September[2013] with Tico naturalist Carlos Betancourt Suarez to view the abundant birds but soon after our arrival and only about 15 minutes into our trail hike we got caught in a rainfall or downpour that would not end. Actually, the rain did finally end after about one and a half hours but... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2013

Unfortunately, when we visited the park, so did a zillion other people. If you can go when it's not expected to be busy (not a holiday) you would probably stand a chance of seeing wildlife. We had a very nice and steep hike down to the river, which reminds me of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Beautiful foliage, ferns,... More 

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