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Costa Rica travel guide - 11th edition

Costa Rica - Central Valley & Highlands (Chapter)

11th Edition Oct 2014

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

It’s here, where the Spanish first settled, that coffee built a prosperous nation and highland villagers still gather for centuries-old fiestas. But it’s not all culture – world-class rapids, re-splendent quetzals and active volcanoes all show off Costa Rica’s rich landscape.

  • paddling for your life down the cascading rapids of the Río Pacuare near Turrialba
  • maps
  • peering into mammoth craters and volcanic lakes at Volcán Irazú and Volcán Poás national parks
  • transportation
  • contemplating the aqueducts and petroglyphs at Costa Rica’s largest archaeological site, Monumento Nacional Arqueológico Guayabo
  • restaurants & accommodations

Coverage includes: Alajuela & the Northern Valley, Parque Nacional Vol-cán Poás, Atenas, Sarchí, Bajos del Toro, San Ramón & Around, Heredia Area, Heredia, Barva, Cartago Area, Cartago, Parque Nacional Volcán Irazú, Valle de Orosi, Turrialba Area, Monumento Nacional Arqueológico Guayabo and Parque Nacional Volcán Turrialba.

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