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This river valley southeast of Cartago is famous for its beautiful views, colonial buildings, hot springs, swimming pools, the lake formed by a hydroelectric damming project, coffee plantations and the national park Tapanti. The Orosi town, located in the middle of the valley and named after a Huetar Indian chief who lived here at the time of the conquest, is one of the few colonial towns to survive Costa Rica´s frequent earthquakes. It boasts an attractive church built in the first half of the 18th century - probably the oldest church still in use in Costa Rica. Another old church is the 17th century church from Ujarrás village, damaged by the flood of 1833 and abandoned.

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