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Central Valley Sights

Iglesia de Ujarrás

  • In a small park, 1 km (½ mile) from Restaurante Típico Ujarrás Map It
  • Orosi
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 04/09/2014

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Continue past the dam into the small hamlet of Ujarrás, then follow the signs to the site of the romantic ruins of Costa Rica's first church. An unlikely Spanish victory in 1666 over a superior force of invading British pirates was attributed to a stop here to ask for God's protection and blessing. The church was constructed in thanksgiving to honor of the Virgin of Ujarrás. The church, together with the surrounding village, was abandoned in 1833 after a series of earthquakes

and floods wreaked havoc here, the lowest point of the Orosi Valley. Today the impressive, often-photographed ruins sit in a beautifully maintained park with lawns, flower gardens, and a pretty picnic area. A final, scenic 6-km (4-mile) winding drive to Paraíso from Ujarrás completes the road that loops the valley. Visitors fill the site on weekends; weekdays, you'll likely have the place to yourself.

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In a small park, 1 km (½ mile) from Restaurante Típico Ujarrás, Orosi, 30204, Costa Rica

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  • Daily 6–6

Updated 04/09/2014


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