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Although San José was founded in the mid-1600s, it did not become the nation’s capital until the 1820s, 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.
A morning or afternoon walking city tour can be arranged upon request combining some of the above attractions.
We recommend you to visit the following areas on a guided tour that can be arranged with us:
White water rafting day tours: 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. River classes have a significant range in difficulty level, depending on the section you run.
This flat region extends up to the Nicaraguan borders and its rich landscape supports a wide variety of agriculture, including citrus, rice and sugar cane. About 600 bird species (of 850 found in CR) live permanently in this region, making it a perfect spot for bird watchers since the rivers of this region are often flooded during the rainy season, making marshlands densely populated.
The Monteverde Cloud Forest is also considered part of this region although is located in the Tilarán Mountain Range with an elevation of 3900 to 5900 feet.
This area contains the mountain Paramus of the Cerro de La Muerte and Chirripó National Park which is Costa Rica’s highest peak at 12.603 feet above sea level.
It is also home to the largest concentration of indigenous people in the country – most of them retain very strong cultural traditions such as dress and ceremonies. These groups are the Guaymis, the Cabecar, Bri Bri, and Borucas.
The Osa Peninsula can be divided into two main regions: North Osa and South Osa, this area hosts an incredibly rich array of wildlife and untouched rainforests, with nearly half of the peninsula comprising either national park or other forms of protected land.
The central coast of Costa Rica contains numerous beaches and important national and private natural areas that are protected for conservation.
Nature lovers will enjoy walking thru trails exploring local species and beach lovers will enjoy lying on white sand beaches, sea kayaking and snorkeling.
You will discover picturesque small port towns as you wind thru the coast and get the local flavor of its people.
The North Pacific of Costa Rica covers the largest province of Guanacaste that has a varied topography ranging from volcanic mountain ranges to fertile lowland dry forests and lots of coast lines.
Guanacaste is land of the Chorotega Indians that were influenced by the Mayan Culture so you can still see the historical and cultural links reflected mainly in their handmade crafts.
Admire the giant Leatherback Turtles come ashore to deposit their eggs at night into Playa Grande from November to April, stroll along white sand beaches, relax, snorkel or dive in warm waters (75 to 80 degrees) and enjoy the marine residents.
Guanacaste offers the biggest tourist development in the country from all inclusive resorts, mid size hotels to condos.
The Caribbean of Costa Rica can be divided in two main regions, the northern slope and the southern slope. It contains an ethnic mix of Afro-Caribbean and indigenous people of the Talamanca, Bribrí and Cabecar tribes, as well as the Spanish and Chinese residents who started coming to the area in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
This region holds the highest percentage of protected land in the country, with exuberant vegetation, abundant wildlife and more than 100 miles of coastline. Snorkeling, diving and surfing are popular in the southern beaches.
The Sarapiqui rainforest lowlands are also part of this green region hosting different attractions such as river rafting, boat exploration along the Sarapiqui River, excellent bird watching and natural history walks to biological stations.