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Costa Rica - Central Valley & Highlands (Chapter)

10th Edition Oct 2012

This is the Central Valley & Highlands chapter from Lonely Planet’s Costa Rica guidebook.

It is on the coffee-cultivated hillsides of the Central Valley that you’ll find Costa Rica’s heart and soul. This is not only the geographical center of the country, but also its cultural and spiritual core.

  • paddle down the cascading rapids of the Río Pacuare or Río Reventazón
  • maps
  • peer into the mammoth craters and volcanic lakes of the area’s volcanoes: Irazú, Poás and Turrialba
  • transport
  • wind along scenic mountain roads to Zarcero, home of trippy topiary and organic farming
  • restaurants & accommodation

Coverage includes: Alajuela & the Northern Valley, Parque Nacional Volcán Poás, Heredia Area, Barva, Cartago Area, Parque Nacional Volcán Irazú, Valle de Orosi , Turrialba Area, Parque Nacional Volcán Turrialba.

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