Overview

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.

THE UK’S NO. 1 SPECIALIST IN TRAVEL TO LATIN AMERICA

What our clients say Contact Us

Holidays San Jose, central highlands and central valleys

Discover our range of holidays taking in Costa Rica’s central highlands and valleys. Book now with Journey Latin America.

Costa Rican Tourist Board ©

Private Journeys

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Wildlife Discovery

15 days from £5,170pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

ANCON EXPEDITIONS ©

Private Journeys

Costa Rica / Panama

Explore and Relax Costa Rica and Panama Coast: Pacific route

13 days from £3,400pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

iStock ©

Private Journeys

Costa Rica

Explore and Relax in Costa Rica: Volcanoes to the beach

11 days from £2,950pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

COS_Aernal_HangingBridges _TouristBoard

Private Journeys

Costa Rica

Family Costa Rica: Jungle walks and turtle spotting

14 days from £3,700pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

Things to do

Discover Costa Rica's capital San Jose and enjoy a trip to the rolling hills of the coffee country. Book now with Journey Latin America.

Where to go when - our guide to San Jose, central highlands and central valleys

San José

The weather in San Jose, central highlands and central valleys is wide and varied

The capital and surrounding fertile valleys and coffee highlands lie at around 1,000m above sea level. As such they enjoy a pleasant, temperate climate all year round.

View our San Jose, central highlands and central valleys weather guide

Papagaio

Your edit for Latin American inspiration

Our exciting range of articles on Latin America explore everything from iconic destinations and lesser-known cultural gems to delicious traditional recipes. You’ll also find exclusive travel tips, first-hand client reviews and the chance to get your personal questions answered by our travel experts.

View Extraordinary Inspiration
Bartolome, Galápagos

Meet our team

Real Latin american experts

  • Ben
    Ben Line - Travel Expert

    Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.

  • Hannah
    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.

  • Carrie
    Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert

    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.

  • Paul Winrow Giffin
    Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Expert

    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

  • Lina
    Lina Fuller - Travel Expert

    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

  • Sallly
    Sally Dodge - Travel Expert

    A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

0 1 2 3 4 5