The central valley, characterized by coffee plantations surrounded by lush mountains and volcanoes. Many people spend their first and last nights in the city or use San José as a jumping off point for day trips to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Poas Volcano or rafting on the Pacuare. The airport is just under twenty minutes from the capital city of San José. The Central Valley is steeped in history and culture. Here you will find the biggest population being mainly in the bustling town of San Hose. Stop at the Poás Volcano or the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, or a day trip to Cartago to see fantastic Ruins. Visit the beautiful and peaceful Orosi Valley and lastly the famous Irazu volcano.
There are a wide variety of daily flights available into Costa Rica Central Valley. The capital city of San José is the first entry point into the country for most visitors. The Juan Santamaria International Airport is located just twenty minutes from the capital in the town of Alajuela. These cities; located in Costa Rica’s Central Valley, are characterized by the lush mountains and volcanoes that surround them, and the cool, comfortable “spring-like” climate found here year round. There are a wide variety of hotels near the airport, in the center of town or in the surrounding countryside available perfect for those planning on spending their first and last nights in the city.
The Central Valley of Costa Rica is surrounded by majestic volcanoes covered by lush coffee plantations. Popular day trips from the central valley include a stop at the Poás Volcano or the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. The Poas Volcano is the second largest volcanic crater in the world and on a clear day is truly an impressive site. The La Paz Waterfall Gardens is home to the 5 of the country’s biggest waterfalls, and offer’s visitors a chance to see butterflies, exotic birds, monkeys, cats and much more. A visit to a working coffee plantation is worth the effort – you’ll be surprised to learn about all the history and tradition of making the perfect cup of coffee! White water rafting enthusiasts also choose San José as the place from which to start their rafting adventure on the world-famous Pacuare or Sarapaquí rivers.
San José offers the visitor several museums and points of interest that are worth a visit. We recommend setting up a private tour in the afternoon to take you to see the sites, such as the “Teatro Nacional,” the “Plaza de la Cultura” Gold & Jade Museums among other points of interest. Afterward, many people plan to have a nice dinner in a local “mirador” or restaurant in the mountains offering impressive views of the city, typical music, and dance and some mouth-watering Costa Rican cuisine. San José is definitely worth an afternoon or evening to see the sites to get a feel of the capital. The surrounding towns of Escazu and Heredia are equally charming, offering a wide variety of accommodations, shopping, and restaurants.
Bajos del Toro Costa Rica – Nature Immersion! Bajos del Toro Costa Rica is in the Central Highland area next to the Juan Castro Blanco National Park. Also, located between Poas and Viejo volcanoes, only 90 minutes from San Jose. This area offers visitors a chance to explore a relatively unknown part of Costa Rica. Discover […]
Capital Of Costa Rica San Jose Costa Rica, the capital of the country and found in the Central Valley. The city was founded in 1738, but not until 1823 that it was given the name after Joseph of Nazareth. It has become a modern, cosmopolitan city and is presently home a third of the country’s entire population. […]
The Pacuare River offers a full day of Class III/IV rafting in some of the most beautiful scenery and countryside that Costa Rica has to offer! This full day adventure includes breakfast and lunch and transportation to and from some of Costa Rica’s major destinations. Located on the Atlantic slope of the country, the Pacuare […]
Braulio Carrillo National Park in Heredia, Costa Rica The protected area covers over 108,000 acres of rolling hills covered with amazingly dense vegetation and beautiful scenery. Braulio Carrillo National Park, located only about eleven miles from San Jose and includes Barva Volcan, an inactive volcano. The highest peak in the park is 9,534 feet. There […]
The name Irazu, derived from the language of the indigenous people and means: thunder” or “place that shakes,” which has been certainly true in the past! It is known by Costa Ricans as “Colossus” because of its 23 recorded eruptions since 1723. Irazu Volcano is now considered stable and dormant and has become the leading […]
Orosi Valley – Cartago : Costa Rica’s First Capital Its striking Cathedral dating back to 1639 is a place of pilgrimage and millions of people make the arduous journey there on foot from all over the country at the beginning of every August. In Orosi, its sacred black Madonna, La Negrita, draws people all year […]
Climb the highest mountain in Costa Rica Part of the Talamanca Mountain range, Cerro Chirripo is one of the most exciting tours to do in this country! Because of its altitude, the flora and fauna change drastically. During the rainy season, there is sometimes snow on the summit! On clear days, it is possible to see […]
About Heredia Costa Rica The lush province of Heredia Costa Rica is in the hills north of the Central Valley. In fact, it’s a very short distance away from San Jose. Heredia Costa Rica is known for its green volcanoes and pasture and its coffee plantations. It is home to majestic volcanoes and rainforests. Heredia is very close […]
The trendy suburb of Escazu Costa Rica Escazu Costa Rica has a great choice of bars and restaurants for your entertainment. It is also home to the best shopping mall of San Jose, Multiplaza, and to the modern Hospital La Cima. This is favored by expats or by those coming to Costa Rica for medical […]
Alajuela Costa Rica: Land of Coffee, Volcanoes, Lakes, and Waterfalls The province of Alajuela, marked by extraordinary natural beauty with a chain of spectacular volcanoes that form the Cordillera Central. One of the main attractions of Alajuela Costa Rica is the Arenal Volcano. Arenal Volcano is an active volcano that guarantees a nightly show! Arenal Volcano […]
Turrialba Volcano, Costa Rica’s Peaceful Paradise Located not far from San Hose, Turrialba is a great stop on your trip. The drive through the old Capitol City of Cartago, through the sugar plantations of Juan Vinas is a life changing experience. Once you arrive at the quaint splendor of Turrialba Volcano, you can feel the […]
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