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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

Poas volcano crater

Visit Poas volcano

Chestnut Mandibled Toucan

Explore Tirimbina Nature Reserve


Rafting

Go white-water rafting on the Pacuare river

La Paz Waterfall Costa Rica

Poas Volcano and La Paz waterfall gardens

Our insider tips for San Jose, central highlands and central valleys

Sophie Barber

Sophie Barber

Riding the foaming white-water class 3 & 4 rapids  down one of Costa Rica's excitable rivers, the canyon-bedded Pacuaré, a couple of hours’ drive from San José.  You’ll relax in the company of your competent pilots and then enjoy a scrumptious picnic. 

Lina

Lina Fuller

This is Costa Rica so a visit to a coffee estate is almost obligatory. You are shown the coffee production process all the way from the seed bed to your cup.

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