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Half-Day Trip to Irazu Volcano and Cartago from San Jose

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    What to Expect
    After morning pickup at your San Jose hotel, travel through a diverse landscape of coffee plantation, ferns, and flower farms to reach Irazú Volcano National Park. Notice the vegetation and temperature change dramatically as you ascend the slopes of Costa Rica's tallest volcano, which reaches a majestic 11,260 feet (3,432 meters) above sea level. On a clear day, you may even be able to see both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans from the summit. Take some time to explore the otherworldly, lunar-like landscape and the main crater filled with a enchanting green lagoon.

    Descend from the volcanic heights and head next to the historic city of Cartago. Visit the captivating ruins of a 16th-century parish and the ornate Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels, which combines colonial and Byzantine architecture. Learn about Cartago’s rich past as you admire the beautifully restored statues, chapels, and carvings of this popular pilgrimage site.

    Relax on the drive back to San Jose, where the tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel in the early afternoon, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy an evening in the city.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up customers at the hotel lobby.
    Departure Time
    7:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
    • Driver/guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Entry/Admission - Irazu Volcano National Park
    • Entry/Admission - Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 30 August 2019 via mobile

    This is definitely a must do if you are going to be in the San Jose area… Along the way you will see beautiful scenery so make sure your phone battery is charged or you bring a Camera… Once you make it to the volcano...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    1  Thank PettyPearls
    Reviewed 30 March 2019

    We enjoyed the drive to Irazu probably more than the actual volcano although the views at Irazu are beautiful. The city of Cartagena is much more pleasant than San Jose, and the Basilica de nuestra senora de Los Angeles is a must-see, built sometime in...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank Kristine G
    Reviewed 9 February 2019 via mobile

    A well designed 1/2 day trip with spectacular views of the volcano and country. The guide was friendly and well informed

    Thank Violet-grace
    Reviewed 1 August 2018

    We loved seeing Irazu, but we only drove past the Basilica and didn't stop. I understand that there were lots of people there for the annual walk to the Basilica, but it would have been nice to know that we were not going to be...More

    Date of experience: July 2018
    4  Thank Will P
    Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

    I was really looking forward to this trip as I wanted to visit a volcano and also the former capital of Costa Rica. We were very lucky with the weather and got 100% visibility in Irazu which was amazing. Ricardo our guide was very knowledgeable...More

    1  Thank dridrika05
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