Day hike to the Irazu Volcano and visit to historical Cartago

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Day hike to the Irazu Volcano and visit to historical Cartago

Join a local guide on this day trip which combines an exciting hike up the beautiful Irazu Volcano and a tour of historical Cartago's most interesting sites.

1 Day

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  • Check out Irazu's famous green crater lake
  • Learn about Cartago's folklore at the Santiago Apóstol Parish Ruins
  • Marvel at the architecture of the Virgin of the Angels Basilica


This amazing day trip combines an exhilarating hike up the Irazu Volcano and a visit to the charming historical city of Cartago.

The Irazu Volcano is a must-see while in Costa Rica. It’s the tallest active volcano in the country at 3,430 meters and features a green crater lake that looks like something out of a fairy tale. On days of good visibility you can see both the Atlantic and Pacific ocean.

The volcano is host to a variety of flora and fauna. You’ll notice how the wildlife changes with the altitude. Expect to see many interesting fern species and perhaps run into an armadillo, rabbit, or fox.

After discovering the natural beauty of the volcano, we’ll make the short trip to Costa Rica’s former capital city, Cartago. Your guide will be happy to tell you about the interesting history of this city which was founded in 1563.

We’ll visit the enthralling Santiago Apóstol Parish Ruins, a Costa Rican Cultural Heritage Site, and learn about the folklore surrounding it.

The next stop is the Virgin of the Angels Basilica, a Roman Catholic basilica which features large vaulted ceilings, stunning stained glass windows, and many statues and pieces of art on display.

Join me on this day tour to discover two destinations that exemplify Costa Rica’s exceptional natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. It’s guaranteed to be a day full of wonder that you’ll never forget.

Check out other great excursions we offer like this kayaking trip on Lake Arenal or this day hike and canyoning adventure in the Tapanti National Park.


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