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San José & Central Valley

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San José & Central Valley


Although San José was founded among the mid-1600s, it did not become the nation’s capital until the 1820’s, after independence from Spain.

The capital city is located in the central valley of the country surrounded by vistas of volcanoes and fertile hillsides. At 3,770 feet above sea level, it maintains a year-round moderate temperature.

Visitors could spend at least 1 or 2 days in the Central Valley before heading to other areas.

Attractions to visit in San José downtown include the National Theater, the National Museum, Gold Museum, Jade Museum, Central Market, Museum of Costa Rican Art (San José’s first international airport).

A morning or afternoon walking city tour can be arranged combining some of the above attractions.

Costa Rica offers several rivers to practice white water rafting and at the same time to enjoy the wildlife along the river shores. Experienced tour operators offer single and multiple day trips suitable for families and adventure lovers from San José city.

Specialized wellness resorts/spas have been developed in the last years in the central valley with gorgeous locations for those travelers seeking to escape the chaos and stress of everyday life and want to focus on relaxation, balance, detox and learn about healthy eating.

Sample Itineraries

Below you will find some sample itineraries that visit this region; they can be adjusted based on your personal interests to fulfill your travel expectations.