Here are big rivers, fantastic scenery, forests, small towns, and small lodges
that offer genuine Costa Rican hospitality. Travelers can head
National Park, see the dam for the large hydroelectric
project, or, if driving make a loop from Ujarras around the lake.
From Paraiso, roads go east and south for magnificent views of both
Orosi and Ujarras Valleys and the lake formed
by Cache Dam. The east road leads to ruins of the 17th-century church of Ujarras.
The colonial town that once surrounded it lies over pre-Columbian roads. Stop
at the view point (mirador in Spanish) overlooking Ujarras. South of
Paraiso is the town of Orosi and its 18th-century
church, the oldest house of worship still in use in the country. Beside it is
a small museum of religious art, open daily, housed in what was a Franciscan
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