The central region of the country is characterized by its warm weather, and it not only holds the commercial area of Costa Rica and Juan Santamaria’s Airport, the main departure points for almost every traveler, but it also has nice and pacific spots ready to be discovered, mainly linked to its impressive volcanoes and the dense forest that surrounds them, as well as the highest part of the mountains covered with coffee and vegetables plantations.
Coronado’s town is one of the preferred living areas for people in San José, why? Because it is located closed to the commercial zone, but it still holds the little town charm making it very cozy. It also has large forests adjoined to the Braulio Carrillo National Park. Precisely, the Locos por el Bosque Biological Reserve is a local conservation initiative with excellent rustic trails ideal for a short walk during the day or a more demanding walk into the depths of the Cloud Forest. Coronado is also a great spot for birdwatching; there you could appreciate emblematic birds as the Quetzal.
Located in the province of Cartago, it is one of the main volcanos in the country. Its natural conditions and infrastructure allow visitors to reach the crater and enjoy its majestic view. Besides that, it is surrounded by beautiful pine forests, strawberries, potatoes and other vegetables’ farming typical of the cold areas of the country.
It is considered one of the world’s most renowned rivers for practicing rafting, and it is also one of the most beautiful. Its majestic canyons and waterfalls make the experience unique. This wonderful adventure begins in Turrialba and ends in the Caribbean, which makes it a very peculiar way to move around.
This protected area is widely known among Costa Ricans as one of the densest and deepest forests in the country. In general, in its two visiting areas, it is usual to experience the tranquility of a rather rainy forest full of small big surprises. The Barva sector is ideal to visit from the metropolitan area in a day trip; although, you must take into account the difficult access to the site. On the other hand, the Quebrada Gonzalez area is commonly visited for walking and stretching legs on the way to the Caribbean.
The mountain ranges of the Central Valley hide many small picturesque towns full of tradition, history and nature, and Turrialba is precisely that. It preserves history that goes back to pre-Hispanic times with the presence of the Guayabo archaeological site, which shows traces of one of the oldest cultures in Costa Rica.