Ruinas de Ujarras, San Jose

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Visit Ruinas de Ujarras, the remains of Costa Rica’s oldest church, which was built between 1575 and 1580. The facades and altar of the church, which was originally constructed from limestone, have been restored. Located in the Orosi Valley, the ruins sit amid flat, grassy plains, and a vibrant garden full of shady trees. According to legend, an indigenous farmer found an image of the Virgin Mary, which he was unable to remove from the location. The event led to the church being built at its current location. Ruinas de Ujarras is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, San Jose Edition.
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  • Must-see Ujarrás Valley, history, easy access. If you decide to walk one Sunday and not spend much, this is the place indicated and incidentally learn a little more about our history, highly recommended.
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  • Located in Cartago. It began to be built in the 21st century, after several earthquakes, its construction continued until in 1910, after another earthquake, the work was suspended. Today, the ruins of the Church, surrounded by greenery, are what makes this an interesting walk through the Centre of the city.
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  • OMG what an exquisite place, located in a hacienda. The scenery is amazing, people are very friendly make you feel at home.A must see..  more »
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  • Nice. Not many things to see here, but the air is clean and is good for a picnic with the family
  • anyone know how to get there via bus from san jose?
  • We decided to visit the Ruins of Ujarras on our recent trip to CR. This park was very well maintained, clean, and enjoyable to view the 1500's era Catholic Church ruins. The park had no entrance fee and did have bathrooms (but beware, there was no paper or soap in the restrooms). What to do: The best things to do would be to bring a picnic lunch as they have several park benches and tables available. It is very kid friendly as there is a small playground nearby. For us, we were one of the very few visitors in the area, and the who park seemed very tranquil. We were observing that it had a unique feel of being a great place for a retreat (including the facilities at the mirador). Driving: The road to the park is all paved, and there is a "Miarador" (lookout) on your way from Cartago (San Jose area) offering amazing views of the ruins at the base of the valley between the mountains. While the road is paved, it has many curves common to the Costa Rican mountains. I wouldn't say it is a 'must-do' in Costa Rica as there are so many things to do, but if you have an afternoon to go and visit the drive, views, and park is great!
  • You must see this place!!
  • Beautiful and historical place of our country's great appreciation and full access.
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