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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Heredia 11

Alajuela 6

The Orosi Valley 5

Turrialba 3

Sarchi 3

Santo Domingo 3

Escazu 2

Poas Volcano National Park 2

San Ramon 2

Cartago 2

Carara National Park 1

Irazu Volcano 1

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Jail 1

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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

Continue past the dam into the small hamlet of Ujarrás, then follow the signs to the site of the romantic ruins of Costa Rica's first...

Jardín Botánico Lankester

  • Garden/Arboretum

The lush gardens of Lankester Botanical Garden, operated by the University of Costa Rica, house one of the world's foremost orchid collections...

Sanchiri Mirador

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

Just beyond the town of Paraíso on the road to Orosi, this restaurant-bar with excellent food also has one of the valley's best miradores...

Tapantí National Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Stretching all the way to the Talamanca Mountains, this reserve encompasses 47 square km (18 square miles) of largely pristine, remote...