If you visit Costa Rica, you must stay a few days in the Central Valley. There is a lot of things you can do and it will be awesome, I promise!
The Central Valley is filled of beauty and incredible attractions, 4 providences bring it together: San José, Cartago, Heredia and Alajuela.
You can star with the region of Turrialba and Los Santos. This region is particular known because of the beauty of its landscapes and the endless tourist attractions are spectacular.
For example you can visit the:
- Guayabo National Monument: here you can find important archeological remains at a pre-Columbian city. Surrounded by a secondary forest it is 19km Northeast of the city in a passable road throughout the year.
- CATIE: It is an investigation and instruction center, and its fundamental purpose is to provide research and graduate degrees in the agricultural science and renewable natural resources applied to the American tropic.
- Reventazon River: It is one of the most important river of the country, it is used for construction and development of hydropower projects. You can visit the river and experience different activities such as boating and kayaking.
- Turrialba Volcano: This volcano is located 3,329m above sea level. Going up towards the volcano you can observe the cloud forest, small dairy farms and a variety of birds. Next you can visit San Gerardo de Dota and Los Quetzales National Park. San Gerardo is one of the most beautiful places in Costa Rica. It should be one of your "must visit place" lists. San Gerardo de Dota is located 85km southwest of the capital. It is small community of farmers on the narrow valley of the Savegre River; this river is the perfect place to fish for trout. Other main attraction of the region is the Los Quetzales National Park.
- Los Quetzales National Park: is located between Providencia and San Gerardo de Dota. The Park is uncultivated and stated land: Los Santos Foresta Reserve and Cerro Vueltas Biological Reserve. This Park was created to protect the natural environment of the high lands, the hydrological function of these forests and, also, to protect the habitat of endemic species and the reproduction of the quetzal.
Los Quetzales National Park includes 3 different life zones, 14 ecosystems, a rich flora and fauna, and hydrological resources.
These are just some of the places you must visit during your trip to the Central Valley in Costa Rica. I promise you it will be awesome!