Things to Do in the Central Valley

The Central Valley is the most populated part of Costa Rica, and arguably the most exciting in terms of things to do, with something for nature-lovers, thrill-seekers and even coffee lovers within the mountains, cloud forests and coffee plantations. There's white-water rafting on the Pacuaré river, hiking trails through the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, or volcano tours of Costa Rica's highest volcano, Irazu, or the world's largest active volcano, Poas. The surrounding landscape to the volcanoes are almost lunar-like, and the views from the top are spectacular, making them well worth a visit. Take a look at our recommendations of what to do in the Central Valley for more.

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Volcano Tours

Central America > Costa Rica > Central Valley

There are two highly impressive volcanoes within easy reach of San Jose, and well worth day trip's for anyone staying in Costa Rica for more than a flying visit. Read more

La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Central America > Costa Rica > Central Valley

Searching for birds and big cats in the wild is all well and good, but at the La Paz Waterfall Gardens you’ll find them all conveniently in one place so you are guaranteed some spectacular close ups of many of the country’s most rare and endangered species. Read more

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