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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The Orosi Valley 5

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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...

Barva de Heredia

  • Town/Village

About 3 km (2 miles) due north of Heredia, this colonial town is famous for mask making and for its Parque Central, still with the...

Basílica de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

Butterfly Kingdom

  • Zoo/Aquarium

Butterflies are the "livestock" at this working farm in the heart of Escazú, where caterpillars are raised and then exported in chrysalis...

Café Britt

  • Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

The producer of Costa Rica's most popular export-quality coffee gives a lively Classic Coffee Tour highlighting the history of Costa...

Carara National Park

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Sparse undergrowth here makes wildlife easier to see than in most other parks, although proximity to major population centers means that...

Casa de la Cultura

  • Museum/Gallery

Next to the Fortín, the tile-roof building with the handsome wood veranda is Heredia's Casa de la Cultura, which almost always has a...

Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza

  • Educational Institution

A good place for bird-watchers and garden enthusiasts, the center, better known by its Spanish acronym, CATIE, is one of the leading...

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...


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