Just an hour and a half outside the busy capital of San Jose sits the small town of Orosi, Costa Rica. Though not far, Orosi may as well be a world away – not only San Jose’s urban bustle but also from the heat and tourists of Costa Rica’s coastal and volcano destinations. There’s lots to do here, which is why you should go now, before Orosi becomes more of a popular attraction than the semi-hidden treasure it is now.
To drive there, follow the signs from San Jose to Cartago to Paraiso and finally, to Orosi. As you leave the city behind, highways are replaced by (barely) two-lane roads weaving up and down the mountains, along the beautiful Orosi Valley. It’s worth taking the time to stop for a photo or two at one of the designated scenic overlooks on the way from Cartago to Orosi.