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Costa Rica: San Jose, central highlands and central valleys

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Costa Rica’s busy capital, San José, is a city on the move, where the choking traffic and crowds are mitigated by the eager friendliness of the people. There are some good museums and excellent restaurants but no colonial core: it’s a modern place, full of offices, North American style bars and malls - many US citizens visit or are resident in the country and their cultural influence is strong. The landscapes around however are delicious, both in the rolling coffee country of the highlands and in the fertile central valley, watched over by the smouldering Poás and Irazú volcanoes.

Our holidays to San Jose, central highlands and central valleys

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Things to do in San Jose, central highlands and central valleys

La Paz Waterfall Costa Rica

Poas Volcano and La Paz waterfall gardens

Rafting

Go white-water rafting on the Pacuare river


Coffee plantation

Visit a Costa Rican coffee plantation

Chestnut Mandibled Toucan

Explore Tirimbina Nature Reserve

What our experts say

I suggest that you stay on one of a number of delightful countryside hotels outside the capital. Fortunately there are a lot of attractions in the Central Valley which more than compensate for the lack of them in the capital. A visit to one of the nearby volcanoes is a must, Poas is especially striking if the mists permit. Alternatively head for Irazú volcano with fertile slopes giving way to a cap of grey volcanic dust, occasionally whipped up by light tremors.   

Margot

Margot Chard

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