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Along the main road around the valley, especially near the town of Orosi, are several scenic overlooks; take the time to pull over and admire the views and snap a photo or two. In the town of Orosi itself is a colonial church and convent worth visiting.

Near Ujarrás are the ruins of Costa Rica’s oldest church, built in 1693. Little remains beyond the worn brick and adobe facade of the church, but the gardens are a great place to sit and gaze at the surrounding mountains.

From the Orosi Valley, it’s a quick shot to the entrance to the Tapantí National Park ★ ((tel) 2571-1781 or 2206-5615), where you can find both gentle and strenuous hiking trails, as well as riverside picnic areas. The park is open daily from 8am to 4pm; admission is $10.

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