Just 22 miles southeast of San Jose, the Tapanti National Park offers picnic areas, hiking trails, swimming areas and plenty of wildlife. The Orosi river, also used for Hydroelectric power, crosses this park, along with many other streams and rivers.
This is a great place to go early in the morning, take some fruits and have a picnic on the riverside. There are four hiking trails in total. The last trail will get you to an amazing view of a waterfall. The river water is super clear and super cold, making it perfect for a relaxing cold water immersion. Few tourists go here, so you will feel alone in the middle of nowhere (actually you will be).
The park has a wide variety of mammals ( 45 species) including ocelots, monkeys and danta. More than 350 species of birds have been spotted in the park – quetzals, emerald toucanets, sparrow hawks, violaceous trogons and hummingbirds. The plant species and insect population is also jaw dropping.
This is one of the rainiest areas of the country, so expect humidity.
After the walk on the park, on the drive back home we will take the longer route, were you can view the Hidroelectric power plant.
This is a really good chance to disconnect, it is not touristy at all. If you enjoy meditating this is a really nice experience.