San Jose, Central Valley

San Jose, Central Valley of Costa Rica

If you are going to spend some time in San Jose chances are you will want to take one of our day trips, Costa rica Online Adventures has the best tours to to the most popular destinations in Costa Rica, some of the most popular are: Pacuare White Water Rafting, Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs, Manuel Antonio National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Central Pacific (Jaco Beach), and the most popular tours you can find are Zip Lining, Surfing, White Water Rafting, Hanging Bridges, Rappeling, Waterfall Canyoning, Horseback Riding, Crocodile Mangrove Tours, as well as ATV and Buggy Tours by Vista Los Suenos.


Strikingly beautiful with a mild and dry climate all year round, it is no wonder that Costa Rica’s Central Valley is where over two-thirds or 70% of the population resides. Located just south of San Jose Metro Area, the Central Valley or Meseta Central covers a large portion of the interior of Costa Rica. Lush and green with many plantations, farming is one of the main occupations here, as the soil in the area is very fertile and rich in minerals from the presence of the two active volcanoes namely; Irazu and Poas.

More than just a visually stunning area, Costa Rica’s Central Valley has a lot to offer in terms of arts and culture as well. In this region you can find the oldest church still in use in the country, the Iglesia de San Jose Orosi which was built in 1734 in Orosi. Another famous town of this region is Cartago, considered to be among the oldest towns in the country founded in 1563 where it was the capital of Costa Rica until 1823. One of the finest cities in Central America till its destruction in 1732 by the eruption of the Irazu Volcano. Cartago is also an important pilgrimage site as it is home to the La Negrita, or ‘The Black Virgin’, it is now located in the same town at the Nuestra Señora de los Angeles Basilica church.

Smack-dab in the middle of the nation, the Central Valley contains the heart and soul of Costa Rica, incorporated suburbs, and prominent surrounding towns such as Heredia, Alajuela, and Cartago. The San Juantamaria Airport (SJO) in Alajuela is the country’s largest international airport, and the region’s central location serves as an ideal take-off point for destinations throughout the country.

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$155 / Person

One day adventure

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$131 / Person

Manuel Antonio National Park From San Jose

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$98 / Person

La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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$145 / Person

Calypso Tortuga Island Day Tour From San Jose

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$141 / Person

Arenal Volcano with Baldi Hot Springs

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$85/ Person

Doka Coffee Tour & Poas Volcano

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$172 / Person

Arenal Volcano & The Springs Resort Hot Springs

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$68/ Person

Irazu Volcano half day tour

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$130 / Person

Adventure Combo (Canopy + Rafting)

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$144 / Person

Sun White Sand Beach & Carara Park

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$135 / Person

Bay Island Catamaran To Tortuga Island From San Jose

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$64 / Person

San José City Tour

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$68 / Person

Poas Volcano National Park Half Day

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$70 / Person

Ram Luna View Point Dinner Show

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$137 / Person

Poas Volcano / Doka Coffee Tour / La Paz Waterfall Garden

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$105 / Person

Pacuare River White Water Rafting

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$91 / Person

Canopy San Luis Zip Line / From San Jose

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$234 / Person

Zip Line + Arenal Volcano + Tabacon Hot Springs

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$195 / Person

Private San Jose To Manuel Antonio

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