The text of this page is copyrighted © by   Hunter Publishing Company. To order
the complete Travel Guide to Costa Rica Click here ( Photos by 1 Costa Rica Link )
HOME - Tour, Vacation & Hotel Guide to Costa Rica - Maps, Rental Cars, Accommodations Lake Cachí & Ujarrás

English Home
Español Home
Deutsch Home
Nederlands Home
Français Home

23 Best Vacation Packages
Costa Rica Information
Provinces, Regions, Maps
Hotels by Regions, Towns
Costa Rica Car Rentals
Beaches of Costa Rica
National Parks, Reserves
Costa Rica Tours
Activities / Things to Do
Costa Rica Restaurants
Nightlife / Casinos
Costa Rica Real Estate
Yellow Pages / Shopping
Photo Tours by Towns
About us / Comments
Climate / Weather
San Jose, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Surfing
Sportfishing / scuba Diving
Contact 1 Costa Rica Link 
Costa Rica Video - learn about living or working in Costa Rica 
and retirement

Go to Paraíso to see Costa Rica Paradise !!

Father, each of your sermons is like water to a drowning man. ~ anonymous churchgoer, quoted by the Episcopalian bishop of Chicago.

The more common way to Lake Cachí is not through Orosí, but straight through Paraíso for seven km/four miles through Ujarrás, a simple village with a great little ruined colonial-era church (1.5 km/.9 miles down a side road). Before the village stop at a dramatic lookout, Mirador de Ujarrás, at the top of the valley walls. It offers an impressive view of the valley and lake, with a quiet picnic area.

The colonial church in Ujarrás, built of limestone between 1575 and 1580, resides where an indigenous Huetar Indian fisherman claimed to have found a box with an image of the Virgin Mary. Unable to move the box, local people built a classic Spanish Colonial church, ( Nuestra Señora de la Limpia Concepción ) on the site.

Over time, the spirit of Mary is said to have performed several miracles for the villagers, including a spontaneous bell ringing that warned them of an impending flood. In 1666 she is credited with helping a hastily organized militia repel an invasion of the Caribbean coast by the English pirate Henry Morgan.

But she failed to save Ujarrás from a devastating flood in 1833 that damaged the village so badly the people abandoned it and rebuilt on higher ground. Today, the church is beautifully landscaped and makes a worthwhile visit for people like us who love gardens and old church ruins.

Across the road is one of two spring-fed balnearios ( swimming pools ) open to the public. The big hydroelectric dam of Lake Cachí is three km outside of Ujarrás on the northeastern side of the lake. From here the Río Reventazón ( Bursting River ) spills down the mountainside to the Caribbean.

Weekenders fish, hike lakeside trails and windsurf here. See above for the worthwhile open-air restaurant in Cachí, La Casona del Cafetal, which features a Sunday buffet and an interesting menu everyday.

Live, Retire, Relocate to Costa Rica Book by Christopher Howard

Back to Travel Guide to Costa Rica Index Page

Travel Info to Peru, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Brazil and Ecuador

Costa Rica Information   Costa Rica Car Rentals   Costa Rica Restaurants   Regions, Provinces, Maps  
Beaches of Costa Rica   Nightlife / Casinos   Tours & Tour Operators   Parks / Zoos / Reserves   Retirement
Businesses / Retail Stores   Contact 1 Costa Rica Link   Hotels / Resorts   Costa Rica Real Estate   Photo Tour by Towns
Vacation Recreation   About us / Comments<
HOME to 1 Costa Rica Link for Hotels, Resorts, Tours, Travel & Vacation Information

Copyright © 1998 - 2005