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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
    Duration
    6h
    Inclusions
    • 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
    Exclusions
    • 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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    We had a wonderfully enlightening tour by our driver Luis and learned a lot about Costa Rica as well. There was a short hike on a paved surface after we arrived at the volcano. Dress warmly and prepare for high altitudes. The visit to the cathedral in Cartago was an added
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    Response from Sharon S, Product Manager at Half-Day Trip to Irazu Volcano and Cartago from San Jose
    Responded 1 week ago
    Dear bighack, thanks for taking the time to share your feedback with us! We’re so glad you had a good experience.
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    Simply phenomenal experience at 11,000 ft. At least 10 degrees cooler at that elevation. The drive up to the Volcano is very scenic with views of the City of Cartago and San Jose Valley. One has to be careful as the elevation can cause some light headedness. The hollow sounds of
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    Response from Sharon S, Marketing Manager at Half-Day Trip to Irazu Volcano and Cartago from San Jose
    Responded 16 Dec 2019
    Dear GAPS1128, Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback with us. It means so much when our best customers share their experiences.
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    A knowledgeable, enthusiastic guide and perfectly clear weather made for an incredible day. We were lucky enough to not only find Irazú completely visible, but we were fortunate enough to see the Atlantic ocean in the distance. Our guide took an unplanned side-trip thanks to the
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    Response from Sharon S, Marketing Manager at Half-Day Trip to Irazu Volcano and Cartago from San Jose
    Responded 16 Dec 2019
    Dear 959hannelied, We're happy you had a fantastic time with us! Thanks for your trust, we're thankful for amazing customers like you.
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    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 you will feel the difference in the temperature so make sure
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    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 the late 1700’s I believe.
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