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Costa Rica travel guide

Costa Rica - Central Valley (Chapter)

12th Edition Oct 2016

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

On the coffee-cultivated hillsides of the Central Valley you’ll find Costa Rica’s heart and soul. It’s here that the Spanish first settled, here that coffee built a prosperous nation, here that picturesque highland villages still gather for centuries-old fiestas.

  • paddle for your life down the cascading rapids of the Río Pacuare near Turrialba
  • maps
  • peer into mammoth craters and volcanic lakes at Volcán Irazú and Volcán Poás
  • transport
  • learn the history of chocolate, and meet rescued toucans and sloths in San Isidro de Heredia
  • restaurants & accommodation

Coverage includes: Alajuela & the Northern Valley, Parque Nacional Volcán Poás, Atenas, Grecia, Sarchí, Zarcero, Bajos del Toro, San Ramón, Heredia Area, Heredia, Barva, San Isidro de Heredia, Cartago Area, Cartago, Parque Nacional Volcán Irazú, Valle de Orosi, Turrialba & around, Monumento Nacional Arqueológico Guayabo, Parque Nacional Volcán Turrialba.

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