Central Valley Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Central Valley - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Alajuela Cathedral

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The large, neoclassical Alajuela Cathedral has columns topped by interesting capitals decorated with local agricultural motifs, and a...

Basílica de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles

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Cartago's major tourist sight is a hodgepodge of architectural styles from Byzantine to baroque, with a dash of Gothic thrown in. The...

Basílica de Santo Domingo

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The splendid, late-19th-century Basílica de Santo Domingo is one of the country's only two basilicas, with two distinctive towers topped...

Church of Our Lady of Mercy

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The brick-red, Gothic-style church is made of prefabricated iron. It's one of two buildings in the country made from steel frames and...

Church of San Ramón

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Aside from its poets, San Ramón's claim to fame is this massive church, built in a mixture of the Romanesque and Gothic styles. In 1924...

Iglesia San Miguel Arcángel

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

According to tradition, ghosts and witches work their spells, good and bad, over Escazú. The founders of this haunted town fittingly...

Iglesia de San José de Orosi

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The town of Orosi, in the heart of the valley, has but one major sight: this beautifully restored 1743 church, the country's oldest house...

Iglesia de Ujarrás

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The ruins of Costa Rica's first church lie past the Cachí dam near the small hamlet of Ujarrás ( oo-hah-RRASS ). An unlikely Spanish...

Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción

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On the east side of the park stands this impressive neoclassical church that locals refer to as simply "La Inmaculada." It was built...

Iglesia del Rosario

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This church is older, built in the 1840s, and simpler than the Basílica de Santo Domingo and faces the town's palm-shaded Parque Central.

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