Things To Do Nearby

People visit Turrialba for the spectacular views, bird watching and white water rafting.  Here are some things to do nearby.

Parque Guyabo

Guyabo National Park

Located on the slopes of the Turrialba Volcano, 19 km northwest of the city of the same name. Guyabo National Monument is the most important archaeological site and largest discovered in Costa Rica. Its area is 217 hectares.  It protects archaeological structures such as roads, mounds, bridges, and aqueduct catchment tanks among others.  The archaeological area comprises 15 to 20 hectares of which only a small part has been excavated. Here we find mounds, archaeological features, steps, walkways, open and closed aqueducts, water storage tanks, tombs, petroglyphs, monoliths and sculptures, which reveal a high development in civil engineering, architecture and urbanism.

Pacuare and Pejibaye White Water Rafting

Pacuare River Rafting

The Pacuare River is one of the best choices for your adventure treks in Costa Rica. Another trip in the country does not exist that offers you a perfect blend of wilderness exposure and excitement, both in one day.  This is a class III-IV river.

Pacuare is world-famous for its sheer beauty.  A true river gorge, it is flanked by steep, green walls. Here you enjoy the feeling of total isolation from urban life and the realness of being connected with nature. You see waterfalls cascade into the river from both sides as colorful, tropical birds fly right over your head. Amazing views of this virgin tropical rainforest area, appear before your eyes as you descend this true exploratory land. Wildlife is abundant, with sloth, toucans, parrots, coatis, morpho butterflies and colorful frogs.

The white water is equally exciting. It is not an overly challenging river, but it has a lot of rapids, giving you an adventure filled with lots of fun. The 18 mile one day run includes a total of 52 rapids. Few rivers in the world can offer you so many.

Located just one hour drive away from Turrialba, the Pejibaye River is one of the safest and less technical rivers to practice white water rafting in Costa Rica, as there are no big waves and the access road is always less than 16 feet away from the shore.  This is a class I and II river.

Perfect for beginners, early intermediates or family rafting trips, the Pejibaye River offers a mixture of adventure, adrenaline and nature! Coffee and sugar cane plantations are some of the surrounding landscapes of this river.

Volcan Irazu

Irazu Volcano

The Irazú Volcano is an active volcano in Costa Rica, situated in the Cordillera Central close to the city of Cartago.  It is an hour’s drive from Turrialba.

The volcano’s summit has several craters, one of which contains Diego de la Haya, a green crater lake of variable depth.  At 11,260 feet (3,432 m), the Irazú Volcano is the highest active volcano in Costa Rica. It is easily visited from San José, with a road leading right up to the summit craters and a weekly bus service to the top. It is thus a popular tourist spot.

From the top it is possible to see both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans on a clear day. However, such clear days are rare.

The volcano is contained within the Irazú Volcano National Park, which spreads across 5,705 acres (2,300 ha). The national park contains both primary and secondary montane forests and is home to armadillos, owls, rabbits, foxes, woodpeckers, and especially hummingbirds.



Located near Turrialba, CATIE’s mission is to improve human well-being and reduce rural poverty through education, research and technical cooperation, promoting the sustainable management of agriculture and natural resources.  Here you will find lovely grounds and an outstanding tropical botanical garden.  Entrance fee is approximately $12 for non-locals.

Viborana Serpentarium

Red Eyed Tree Frog

A wonderful, small family run serpentarium near Turrialba gives visitors a chance to hear about the local reptiles and how climate change is affecting the way they live and reproduce.  With approximately 20 or more reptiles and amphibians to see, it is well worth the trip to see some of these amazing creatures up close and personal!  Fee for visitors.

Shopping in Turrialba

Take a walk around the town with plenty of restaurants and shops to visit.  A short and inexpensive bus ride from El Bosque Cabins, it’s a fun way to spend part of your day!


In addition to our on site restaurant, there is also a restaurant a short walk from our property.  There are many restaurants and bars in Turrialba as well.


There are a couple of small grocery stores near us with very basic necessities.  You can buy fruits and vegetables, canned items, pantry items, eggs, drinks, etc.  There are four large grocery stores in Turrialba.