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Central Valley Travel Guide

Central Valley Top Experiences

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Eco-Lodges in the Central Valley

Suburbia oozes out with each passing year, eating up once-idyllic Central Valley land, but it's still surprisingly easy to find vast undeveloped...


Top Reasons to Go

Avian adventures: Flock to Tapantí National Park to see emerald toucanets, resplendent quetzals (if you're lucky), and nearly every species...


Certificate of Sustainable Tourism

One trip to Costa Rica and you'll swear everything here is eco-lodges, ecotourism, eco-this, eco-that. But sustainability, the buzzword in...


Irazú Volcano

The word Irazú is likely a corruption of Iztaru, a long-ago indigenous community whose name translated as "hill of thunder." The name is apt...


Poás Volcano

Towering north of Alajuela, the verdant Poás Volcano is covered with a quilt of farms and topped by a dark green shawl of cloud forest. That...


Carara National Park

One of the last remnants of an ecological transition zone between Costa Rica's drier northwest and more humid southwest, Carara National Park...


La Negrita: Costa Rica's Patron Saint

On the night of August 1 and well into the early-morning hours of August 2, the road to Cartago from San José clogs with worshippers, some of...


Speaking Costa Rican

Spanish in Costa Rica tends to be localized. This is a land where eloquent speech and creative verbal expression are highly valued. For example...


A National Hero

When the Costa Ricans drove U.S. invader Walker's army from their country in 1856, they chased his troops to Rivas, Nicaragua. The army of...


Faith and Folklore in Costa Rica

The Central Valley wears its tradition, both religious and secular, on its collective sleeve. Costa Rica's biggest annual religious festival...

Sports & Activities

White-Water Thrills

You're struggling to hang on and paddle, you can't hear a thing over the roar, and you were just slammed with a mighty wall of water. Sound...

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