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San Jose lies amidst the central mountains, dividing the country between its Pacific, Caribbean coasts and its lowlands. Alajuela is the region just north, outside the city, with country lodges to explore the surrounding countryside, Poas and Irazu Volcanoes and La Paz waterfall Gardens.

San José is located in a deep bowl that lies amidst the mountains that divide the length of the country between its Pacific and Caribbean coasts and lowlands. The capital spreads out over a grid, its tin roofs glittering under the sun, spreading out to the suburbs and coffee plantations.

The Poás and Irazú volcanoes can be seen from the city and one doesn't have to travel far to reach the forest of Braulio Carrillo National Park.

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Poas Volcano

San Jose & Alajuela

Poas Volcano

Peer into the smouldering crater of an active volcano in the Central Valley, not far from San Jose.

9255 La Paz Waterfall Gardens

San Jose & Alajuela

La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Observe a variety of beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds up close and marvel at spectacular waterfalls.

9263 Doka Coffee Plantation

San Jose & Alajuela

Doka Coffee Plantation

Learn all about the entire coffee production process and enjoy a full sensory guided tasting session.

9256 Irazu Volcano & Lankester Botanical Gardens

San Jose & Alajuela

Irazu Volcano & Lankester Botanical Gardens

Enjoy scenic vistas of the valley and volcano and visit the exotic Lankester Botanical Gardens.

9257 Pacuare River Rafting

San Jose & Alajuela

Pacuare River Rafting

Take on some of the continent's finest rapids on an adrenaline-fuelled rafting adventure.

9259 Rainforest Aerial Tram

San Jose & Alajuela

Rainforest Aerial Tram

Glide through the verdant rainforest canopy to savour the sights and sounds of the jungle.

9260 San Jose Tour

San Jose & Alajuela

San Jose Tour

Gain an in-depth perspective on Costa Rica's rich history and local culture in the company of a local expert.

9262 Carara Biological Reserve & Villa Lapas Sky Walk

San Jose & Alajuela

Carara Biological Reserve & Villa Lapas Sky Walk

Discover a bird-watchers paradise, keeping your eyes peeled for scarlet macaws.

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