San Jose

Day Trip from San Jose to Irazu Volcano National Park, Cartago City and Orosi Valley

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Day Trip from San Jose to Irazu Volcano National Park Cartago City and Orosi Valley
  • 8 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Enjoy stunning views from Irazu Volcano National Park and Orosi Valley, plus wander through the streets of Cartago City on this popular tour that takes travelers outside for a taste of Costa Rican nature. Explore the active Irazu volcano some 3,432 meters above sea level and gain a deeper understanding of why Costa Rica's largest volcano is so impressive!
  • Day Trip from San Jose to Irazu Volcano National Park
  • See the sites in Cartago City and Orosi Valley
  • Enjoy a day in nature
  • Round-trip hotel transport, lunch and guide included in tour

What's Included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • National Park fees
  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Free Wifi
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Meeting and Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

07:00 AM

Pickup details

Our representative will meet you at the lobby of your Hotel

What To Expect

Enjoy early morning pick up from your San Jose hotel and make your way 12 miles east along the Pan-American Highway to Cartago. Follow an expert guide through the Irazu Volcano National Park and check out craters, panoramic views and more. Visit the main Basilica of Cartago and continue on to the Orosi Coffee Valley, where you'll enjoy a savory lunch and incredible views. After a delicious meal at La Casona del Cafetal, located on the edge of Cachi Lake, you'll return to your San Jose hotel.

Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Irazu Volcano National Park

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Orosi River Valley

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Wonderful experience! Mario, our guide, is a great guy! Enjoyed the conversation. The views were fantastic!


36 reviews
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Beautiful Orosi and awe-inspiring Irazu
Donna_S, Mar 2024
I do wish we had been able to explore more of Cartago City and it's ruins, but this was still a great tour and lucky me - I got a private guide because I was the only person who signed up from south San Jose that day! Unfortunately the dry season has been so hot and dry that there was no water in the crater, but it's still a beautiful and interesting area. Again, I wish I had been able to go to the viewpoint but the guide's car was not a 4x4. Orosi Valley was the highlight - the beautiful damn, hanging bridge, spectacular views, and gorgeous greenery.
Perfect day trip from San Jose with a lot of variety!!
Susie_S, Feb 2024
Ricardo was our amazing host for the Irazu tour. We picked a day with a bad accident in San Jose and traffic was crazy. As a result, the company split our group so as not to delay the tour. Two of us were lucky to get a private tour with Ricardo. We started with a beautiful drive up to the Irazu volcano and National Park through beautiful countryside and farmland (once you escape the city). The park is at high altitude and even in the sun it was cold - definitely requires a sweater/coat and ideally long pants. There is no ‘Green lake’ in the crater these days - just the volcanic ash/rock and grass growing in one of the 3 craters - but great views. The next stop is the old capital city of Cartago with its stunning Catholic church. Spectacular detail inside which is a stark contrast to the clean, white, Byzantine exterior. Lunch was in the Orosi valley which we stopped to take photos of on the way down and on our return. Stunning orange blooms on the poró trees made the views even more beautiful. Great lunch - a very traditional Costa Rican dish of rice, vegetables, and plantains with fish, chicken or steak. The plantain ceviche starter was my favorite part and the Cas fruit juice was really good. Final stop was the Lancaster Botanical Gardens - home to an array of plants including a phenomenal collection of or bids (Which Lancaster devoted his life to study and preserve). A great day trip and you won't go wrong if you get Ricardo - he is a wealth of knowledge on CR history, geology, and plants.…. The list goes on!
Very good tour of small town Costa Rica and the volcano
Tara_Y, Nov 2023
Such a unique and different side of Costa Rica and I recommend folks take this trip. Loved walking around the volcano crater shrouded in fog and seeing the Orosi valley coffee plantations at a distance and getting to experience small town Costa Rica. Episode have been a 5/5 if it wasn’t raining.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
We are happy to know you enjoyed the excursion. thank you for sharing your comments.. Pura vida
Good tour!!!
Tiffany_H, May 2023
This is the first tour I booked in Costa Rica that did not go all day!!! If you are looking for a half day tour book this one. You visit Irazu Volcano, then you go to visit a church in the city, then you head to Cartago for lunch. I felt like I did a lot in a matter of 6-7 hours. This was a good change from the typical 12+ hours tours I’ve been taking. The restaurant we ate at (Cota)was good and cute. Mario was my tour guide and he was awesome!!!
Response from Host, May 2023
Thank you for sharing your experience. Glad to know Mario did a great job and that you enjoyed the excursion. PUra vida
Enjoyed the tour!
Marcie_S, May 2023
Wonderful experience! Mario, our guide, is a great guy! Enjoyed the conversation. The views were fantastic!
Good scenery but overpriced & inexperienced guide
MONICA_M, Jan 2023
Lunch at the coffee plantation restaurant was fantastic as was the scenery throughout the trip. The guide was friendly but clearly inexperienced compared to other tours we took. Two biggest downsides were a) notification at 4:20 a.m. that morning that pickup would be an hour later than originally stated & b) definitely overpriced and poor value for that much $$$. We could have paid a private driver half that & still seen the sites we wanted to visit. There was no added benefit provided by our guide.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Hello Monica, thank you for your comments and we are sorry that the tour was not 100% to your liking. Our goal is that the client enjoys the excursion and has a good experience. However, we take the evaluations of our clients very seriously and we will be reviewing in detail what you mention. Regards
Excellent tours! Every...
Isaac_M, Dec 2022
Excellent tours! Every single activity was good. Of course the Irazu Volcano sit was incredible. The tour guide was fantastic: friendly, nice and knowledgeable.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Hello Isaac, thank you for your comments.. It is great to know you enjoyed our services and the places visited.. Pura vida
Hummingbirds and the...
Troy_A, May 2022
Hummingbirds and the clouds parting in the volcano. Great group of people and excellent driving by Sandra
Response from Host, May 2022
We are very pleased to know that the tour was to your liking and that we met your expectations. thank you for using our services and recommending the activity . Thank you
Alexandra_K, Apr 2022
Private tour, very knowledgeable guide, provided historical background of areas visited, fauna and flora. Personable and fun to spend time with. Flexible at each stop to ensure I had my fill. Excellent driver, felt safe in crazy San Jose traffic at all times.
Response from Host, May 2022
It is a pleasure to know that the service provided was to your liking and that we met your expectations. Thank you for sharing your opinion with other travelers.
Hiking on a volcano
PXC, Sep 2021
The trip to Irazu volcano was breath taking. The drive and guide were very good. I would recommend visiting the volcano.
Response from Host, Sep 2021
Hello , thank you for sharing your comments. We are happy to know you enjoyed the trip.. Pura vida !!
Awesome private tour with Roger
Brian_J, Apr 2021
I had a private tour as I was the only person who booked a tour for the day. It was fantastic! Roger, the guide, was super friendly, we spoke in Spanish as much as possible which was very fun. The tour was excellent, lunch at a small "soda" was terrific, I really learned a lot from Roger and got to help him with some English too. Highlight of my visit to Costa Rica
Response from Host, Apr 2021
Hello Brian.. Thank you for such a great review. We are glad to know you enjoyed the tour as well as practicing your spanish. Roger was very happy to assit you and it is good to know this was the hightlight of your visit to Costa Rica. Thanks for letting us be part of this experience. !! Pura Vida !!
We enjoyed the tour, however it is...
Sergio D, Mar 2018
We enjoyed the tour, however it is fast and furious, and thus it seems a bit overpriced at 100/pp tip included. The guide and driver were nice, safe, and knowledgeable, but the vehicle for the 6 guests was way too small and cramped. I wish a little more time had been spent in Cartago and the Orosi Valley we had the time, so I'm not sure what the big hurry was, but in general, a good, safe, and entertaining tour.
Although it was windy and cold this...
Kevin_E, Dec 2016
Although it was windy and cold this was an amazing tour provided an exceptional experience to the volcano, valley, and Cartago City. The food was amazing.
Our guide called the night before to...
DebbieL_M, Jun 2016
Our guide called the night before to confirm our pick up time and was right on time- perhaps even a few minutes early. My impression from the description was that it would only be a 20 minute ride from our hotel- the San Jose Marriot. After a 1 1/2 ride through San Jose morning traffic, we got to our destination. Although driving through San Jose and Cartago was very educational and our guides, Edgar and Oscar were very informative- we were surprised by the length of travel time. This was very true at the end of the tour as well. We were supposed to arrive at 3, but we arrived back at our hotel at 5. Despite the longer day than we expected, we still enjoyed our tour. We loved the ride up to the Irazu volcano. Beautiful part of Costa Rica we had not seen yet- an area busting with agriculture. Some great photos. The volcano did not look like the photo, but it was still very cool- there was no water in the crater, but we did see all three craters. Our lunch was great- overlooking a lake and god food. We stopped by a temple and that was super cool with neat plants and birds about. Just think the tour time needs to be better communicated.,
Nice day tour, not too long for...
Debra K, May 2016
Nice day tour, not too long for seniors or children. Driver/guide was friendly and helpful. Pick up was prompt. Some things not exactly as described: no water bottle provided we did not stop for overview/photo of Orosi Valley. My favorite parts were Irazu Volcano of course, and the oldest Catholic church in Orosi.
Luisa_E, Mar 2024
Excelente nuestra guía francini. Sabía mucho de la historia y geografía del país. Muy amable y al tanto de todo. El recorrido no fue cansón y las vistas muy bonitas.
Interesante pero no imprescindible visita
Carlos_G, Jul 2023
Relación calidad precio no buena. Volcán Irazu no es una excursión que te deje sin palabras. Siempre es bueno ver este tipo de paisajes pero no es para nada Algo indispensable. La excursión está bien organizada pero el contenido no es extraordinario.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Lamentamos que el tour no hay sido 100% de su satisfaccion y agradecemos mucho su valoracion . Gracias por permitirnos servirle

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