Nature and culture in the central valley
The central valley offers its visitors magnificent cultural attractions, historical monuments and museums. The splendid national theatre of the capital San Jose and the Basilica of Our Lady of the Virgin of Los Angeles in Cartago are among Costa Rica's architectural gems. Despite the high concentration of population in this region, the central valley also has many natural wonders.
The highest volcano in Costa Rica
Just a few kilometres from Cartago, the Irazú Volcano National Park allows you to climb the summit of the highest active volcano in the country. The ascent of Cerro de la Muerte, officially known as Cerro Buena Vista, offers the lucky ones a magnificent view of the Pacific and Caribbean coasts.
Habitat of the mythical Quetzal
Located in a valley furrowed by the Río Savegre (Costa Rica's cleanest river), the romantic village of San Gerardo de Dota is an ideal place to observe the mythical Quetzal. Located in the Los Quetzales National Park, developed trails allow you to get lost along the Savegre River and contemplate two beautiful waterfalls.
Thanks to the region's climate and fertile land, Costa Rica has been producing the best coffees in the world for decades. A stopover in the valleys of Santa Maria de Dota, Copey or Orosi allows you to discover, in addition to a rich historical past, the process of making this coveted drink.