Outdoor activities in Cartago

Top Outdoor Activities in Cartago, Costa Rica

Outdoor Activities in Cartago

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7–9 hours
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4–5 hours
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What travelers are saying

  • Carlin G
    Richmond, VA3 contributions
    Wow! We took a taxi to the facility and found Diego walking around getting everything ready so dont panic if you don't see anyone immediately. I have never been ziplining before and i had an amazing time. Both Diego and Dilan were great! They took photos and videos for us and were very knowledgeable of the mountains and other information in the forest. Our group got to taste a lemon that is sweet 🙌🏿. We had a small group of 6 people and they even said that was the best zipling experience ever and all of them have ziplined before. Go give them a try and definitely tip them in the end because they are worth it!
    Written 24 January 2023
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  • Christian G
    7 contributions
    We were extremely lucky to have seen the Volcán clear sky’s!
    The Lunch buffet was amazing and location as well
    Written 24 January 2023
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  • Martijn S
    Nijmegen, The Netherlands2 contributions
    As my first rafting experience I was lucky to have Rio Pacuare to begin with. The 4 hour raft takes you through incredible rainforest and gorges and the many rapids are fun and exciting. The guides are among the kindest and most fun to be on the water with. The whole day was full of fun, jokes and splashing, I had an amazing time.

    On top of it a special shoutout to the incredible service and kindness of Exploradores Outdoors. Afterwards I forgot to take my drying shoes and clothes and they took the effort to ship them to my next destination the day after, something I am incredibly grateful for.
    Written 12 January 2023
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  • Heike J.
    2 contributions
    Best Rafting tour that I have been on. Our raft captain, Christopher, was awesome and made the trip down the river exciting, adventurous, and fun.
    Written 23 January 2023
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  • Alfred C
    Frisco, TX13 contributions
    Amazing experience to hike in the crater of an active volcano. There were beautiful views the whole way up and down to the top, as we got lucky with the clear weather. It was a bit shocking how cold it was at the top compared to being in San José. The church in Cartago was also a nice place to visit. Our guide Alejandro was great and so was our driver. With the half day trip, were back in town early enough to have a great lunch at La Esquina de Buenos Aires (the best Argentinian steakhouse in San José) and do some shopping.
    Written 23 January 2023
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  • Sam B
    London, UK12 contributions
    Unforgettable experience - Roy and Michael were excellent guides throughout our trip. Some of the best food we tasted in Costa Rica.. highly recommend. My girlfriend loved the additional effort with the birthday pancakes for her 😃
    Written 22 December 2022
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  • Kareem A
    West Hollywood, CA1 contribution
    Had a wonderful experince with Alberto Gonzalez at the Irazu Volcano. Very informative and exciting, ill be back soon.
    Written 1 September 2022
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  • Amie C
    Phoenix, Arizona4 contributions
    This was our first trip rafting. We loved it. The rapids are what the pictures showed. We went in June 2022 after a big rain, therefore the river was challenging. But, we enjoyed the trip and have good memories.
    Written 27 June 2022
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  • Tricia S
    Westborough, MA2 contributions
    I was traveling during 7 days and CR MAGIC DMC guys help in everything. THANK YOU!! For created a unique experience and bring me the BEST SERVICE. Your guides Arlin (Doka and Poas Volcano tour guide) and Alberto (Sarchi town and Arenal Volcano guide) ROCKS! More than I expected!! PURA VIDA!!! If someone ask me about Costa Rica I absolutely will recommend you.
    Written 20 October 2022
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  • Luis F
    San Pedro Sula, Honduras1 contribution
    Wonderful tour in Costa Rica. Great views from the volcano, nice town in Cartago, great view of the lake from the restaurant, and beautiful botanical garden.
    Written 20 February 2020
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  • Inspiration611966
    7 contributions
    We have been in CR 12 days and taken many tours. This one is the worst. Do not take this tour. I read other reviews that said the same, but I did not believe them. Here are the reasons:
    1. In the dry season, (Dec to March) there is NO LAKE! It is an empty dry crater.
    2. It takes 2 to 3 hours to get there depending on your pick-up location and they spend 20 minutes at the top of the volcano. That is not worth the time, IMHO.
    3. Although they say that on a clear day you can see the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, this tour does not take you to the point where that can be seen. They merely point it out.
    4. In the words of the tour guide today: "Well, as you can see, there is not much to see here..." so 20 minutes is enough.

    I think that sums it up. But if you need more, Tropical Expeditions does not have the amazing customer service we have experienced throughout our visit to CR. Our tour guide arrived to pick-us up at 6:40 am, though our voucher said 7:30 am. He left without picking us up since we weren't ready, told us to meet him by taxi at 7:30 am at another location and left there without us again (though we arrived at 7:27 am and have a taxi stamped time receipt to prove it). The tour company paid us back for the 2 taxis, but really, they should have just looped back around to pick us up given the mix-up.
    Written 4 January 2023
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  • Olívia P
    3 contributions
    This tour made my trip to Costa Rica!! I went to San Jose for work, and had only one day for tourism, and this was the perfect way of spending this single day off. Alexander, our guide, was great. He knows so much about Cartago, the volcanos, and Costa Rica, and you can tell how much he cares about the place and for the travelers too. I really liked the order that we did things (Cartago, Turrialba, Irazu), I thought it was good to do Turrialba first when we have the energy to do the hike up the volcano. This tour was one of the few that I saw that take you to Turrialba. The altitude on the hike can be a little rough but we all did it with a smile on our faces!! Alexander also knows the best spots for photos, and he became our photographer haha we were a group of four people traveling by ourselves, which was really nice because we ended up talking a lot to each other. I also really liked that it was a small group! Being picked up and dropped off at the AirBnb I was staying was definitely a plus.

    I've always been fascinated by volcanoes, and this was absolutely the best way of fulfilling my dream of seeing not just one but two volcanoes! I highly recommend this tour! Thank you Alexander & crew :)
    Written 13 September 2022
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  • Paul R
    3 contributions
    Very nice tour. The drive to the Volcano we were given history about different sites etc. tour guide was very friendly would definitely recommend.
    Written 21 September 2022
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  • rickiey2017
    Tampa, FL117 contributions
    See the view in the photo? I didn't get to see that because it was cloudy. You can't blame them for that. So the volcano was a bust.

    The Orosi portion. Yeah....there was goood points and their was bad points. The stop in to see the church was gorgeous, one should see it.

    HOWEVER: They drop you off six blocks from the church so that you have to walk to it. No problem there, I don't mind the walk. What I DID mind was the "forced death march". You are walking past six blocks worth of interesting little shops and stuff, and they are rushing you so that you don't get to stop in and look around. I would have liked to stop in and look around.

    The lunch by the lake in Orosi: The food was "meh", the coffee was great, and the picturesque view was spectacular. Great place to take a photo as a couple. Like, seriously beautiful.

    The Lankester church was interesting, although its graveyard was also interesting. I also felt rushed there.

    The Lankaster plant place was pretty. My wife loved it. I didn't care about it in the slightest and was bored to death. I don't care about plants.

    Overall this is a good tour, but is way too 'rushed', they don't let you stop and smell the roses or see the sights.
    Written 4 December 2019
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