Visit San Jose & Central Region
The Central Valley region of Costa Rica is in fact a large mountain plateau sheltered on the southern side by the Talamanca Range and to the north by a string of active volcanoes. This region's elevated position supplies a more temperate climate, making it a welcome retreat from the summer humidity.
The capital city of San Jose benefits from this climate and owes much of its prosperity to the surrounding landscape's success as a coffee-growing centre. The wealth brought by coffee has contributed to the growing infrastructure of the Central Valley, creating a modern, urban feel to the cities here.
This is Costa Rica at its most low-key and travellers who linger here to visit the hot springs at Cartago or witness smoke belching from Turrialba volcano can escape the crowds for a time before journeying onto the busier costal regions of Puerto Viejo and Limon.
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Take in the best of Costa Rica's beaches, birdlife and wildlife-viewing hotspots as you travel to the beautiful Turrialba Valley and on to San Gerardo de Dota – one of the world's great bird-watching destinations – ending with the beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park.
Costa Rica is a land of spectacular volcanoes, wildlife-filled cloud forests, fast-flowing jungle rivers and tropical jungles. Explore its natural-world highlights in Arenal and Monteverde before kicking back on the beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park or Guanacaste.
Let expert guides introduce you to two Costa Rican gems – the rainforest of Sarapiqui and towering Arenal Volcano. You'll then enjoy a full-board stay at the Lapa Rios Ecolodge, hidden among the wildlife-filled rainforests of the Osa Peninsula.
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Travel passed farmlands, forests, lakes and volcanoes to Arenal, the cloud forests of Monteverde and the wildlife of the Palo Verde and Rincón de la Vieja National Parks. Top it all off with a relaxing stay on the palm-fringed bays of Guanacaste on Costa Rica's North Pacific Coast.
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