The Central Valley is the heart of the country. In it, among the green lands and ample valleys lie four of the most important cities: San Jose , Alajuela, Cartago and Heredia.
Theater, music, handcrafts, international and typical food, historical museums, adventure sports, forest and volcanoes come together here, in the heart of the country. The Central valley is where most of the population resides, which means its home to more than 2 million “ ticos” ( how the rest of Latin American calls Costa Ricans)
San Jose a modern business, political and arts center is the Capital of our country. It’s a pleasant city to get to know on foot. It offers a range of restaurants, shopping malls, varied styles of accommodations, museums and an active nightlife. A must to visit is the remarkable National Theater, one of country’s pride and glory, was modeled after the Paris Opera House. All the details were done by Spanish and Italian artisans and was inaugurated in 1897. The Pre- Columbian Gold and Jade museums tell the story of the country’s indigenous legacy. The Contemporary Art Museum will give you a glimpse of Costa Rica’s artistic community.
If you are interested in discover the country’s agricultural villages practicing way to go. Not too far from San jose you will find the towns of Barva, Carrizal, Sarchi, Grecia and Zarcero, the perfect locations to taste and learn how to prepare typical meals such as casados, cajetas and string cheese. In the town of Sarchi
you will be able to observe the manufacture and artisan painting of the typical oxcart as well as several other exotic wood souvenirs.
Another interesting visit is not far. Only one hour from San Jose is the Poas Volcano, in the province of Alajuela. This popular volcano is famous for its enormous crater, which is one of the largest in the world. The road will take you through fertile lands plenty of coffee plantations. More than 70 species of birds have been identified and a half mile of trails take visitors through a vivid landscape, rich in wildflowers and a great variety of mosses, bromeliads and ferns.
Southeast of San Jose, just beyond the town of Paraiso, lies the splendorous scenic Valley of Orosi, it is a breathtaking view with the Coffee Plantations and the River running through the Valley and an excellent view of the Irazu Volcano to the north. The Irazu volcano is rising 11.260 feet above the sea level, is the highest volcano in Costa Rica. This is an active volcano with fumarolas that erupt with pyroclastic flows and ash, sometimes accompanied by relatively light tremors.
When the day is clear you can see both oceans from the top.
The Barva volcano in Heredia looks like a hidden lagoon surrounded by exuberant overwhelming nature, is in the highest point of the Braulio Carrillo national park.
The Turrialba volcano has three magnificent craters sits at 10 925 feet above sea level and has been active in the last years.
Sarapiqui (province of Heredia) is one of the best sites for biological studies, bird lovers and naturalists. Navigating along the Sarapiqui River is an excellent way to come in contact with wildlife such as three and two-toed sloths, howler monkeys, Black River turtles, crocodiles, etc.
Coffee is the “golden bean” of Costa Rica Widely known as the best coffee in the world, take the opportunity to sample the unique varieties offered as part of one of the Coffee tours available in the central Valley you will learn about coffee’s true story and its impact in Costa Rica’s small towns.
Activities you may perform around: City Tour, Poas Volcano, Irazu Volcano, Lankester Gardens and Orosi Valley, Rain Forest Aerial Tram, Tortuga Island Cruise, Whitewater Rafting, Coffee Tour, Sarchi Artisans, La Paz waterfall gardens, Canopy Tour ( Zip lines) among others.
For detailed Activities available in this zone please visit Tours Section
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