The Orosi Valley is located just a short distance to the southeast of San José. It offers an alluring buffet of smaller attractions—sort of like grazing on appetizer portions of Costa Rican points of interest.
A view of Ujarrás from the Mirador
The best place to begin your visit is the Mirador Ujarrás, to the east of Paraíso (Cartago) and before the turnoff to the Ruins of Ujarrás. This is a picnic and observation area with a panoramic view of the Orosi Valley and offers a nice vista of the ruins surrounded by coffee and chayote plantations. Chayote is grown on a framework of posts and cables about six feet high, so the very flat looking fields you see are chayote. Just beyond the ruins you can