The Central Valley is the heart of Costa Rica. Not only does the area contain the capital city – San José – with its many bars and restaurants, but also highlands, which are home to traditional coffee plantations and striking views. As the name suggests, the region is smack-dab in the middle of the nation, making it an ideal jumping off point for visiting every corner of the pint-sized country. The Central Valley is also surrounded by impressive volcanic mountain ranges, especially the Cordillera Central on the eastern side of the valley, which can be explored during guided tours. About three quarters
of the country's residents live in the Central Valley, and it’s easy to see why – Costa Rica's geographical heart is home to the capital, as well as coffee plantations, volcanoes and rapids made for rafting through. The region has a very pleasant climate due to its altitude, meaning that days are warm without being sticky, and nights are comfortably cool. It is certainly worth spending additional time exploring this lush area during Central Valley holidays, whether white water rafting down the Pacuare River, visiting the active Poas Volcano, or learning about coffee roasting and the cultivation process of macadamia nuts.

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Oliver couldn’t have been more helpful - we had a very specific, and not totally simple, brief and timeline. Oliver’s experience in the area was very clear and he created a fantastic itinerary for us. As to the trip itself - it was totally magical. The quality of the concierge and tour guides was top notch - the latter was a big part of the trip (we went on numerous tours) and added hugely to the success of the trip. Activities were spot on for our boys. Best were humpback whale watching for us, zip-lining for the boys! Family rooms and suites were great too, so we could all be together. The modem was a great touch and very useful. The app - and all the information within it - was also great. Victor the Concierge was wonderful - from providing us with local currency so we could use a toll bridge as we left San Jose, to sending us regular route updates and restaurant recommendations. Lounge access is always a fab touch! And the meet and greet takes away all the stress of trying to work out logistics when arriving somewhere new. Both add to the feeling of R&R. All in all, Original Travel were superb!
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