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Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica

Places of Interest

San Jose Downtown

Costa Rica’s capital and the largest city, San Jose is considered as one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Latin America. Wonderful museums, bars, restaurants, shopping centers, colorful markets and a fast paced night life. Located in the center of the country (Central Valley) and it is surrounded by gorgeous untouched cloud forests. Serving as a hub to the rest of the country, offers many one day tours that you may consider in your programs, for these reasons, San Jose is the prefect place for meetings and events. While in San Jose, do not miss: Poas Volcano & Sarchí, Irazú Volcano, rainforest adventures tours, Lankaster Gardens, Arenal Volcano, white water rafting and coffee tours.

National Parks

Costa Rica´s richest patrimony is its wildlife, the National Parks and Wildlife Refuges of Costa Rica are managed by MINAE, the Ministerio de Ambiental y Energia. The 25.58 % of the total land of the country is dedicated to protected areas (161 total: 25 National Parks, 8 Biological Reserves, 32 Protected Zones, 11 Forest Reserves, 58 Wildlife, 15 Wetlands/Mangroves, 12 other categories).
Find more: http://www.costarica‑nationalparks.com/

Museums

Pre Columbian Gold Museum, www.museosdelbancocentral.org, Tel +506 2243 4202
National Museum, www.museocostarica.go.cr, Tel +506 2257 1433
Jade Museum, http://portal.ins‑cr.com/portal.ins‑cr.com/Social/MuseoJade/, Tel +506 2287 6034
Natural Science La Salle Museum, http://lasalle.ed.cr/museo.php, Tel +506 2232 1306
Modern Art and Design Museum, www.madc.cr, Tel +506 2257 7202
Calderón Guardia Museum, http://www.mcj.go.cr/temas_artes/patrimonio/calderonguardia/, Tel +506 2221 1239

Sarchi (artisans hometown)

A small town, recognized for its brightly colored, intricately constructed handicrafts. At only an hour’s drive from San José, a visit to Sarchí is a perfect day tour while traveling through the beautiful Central Valley.
The largest and most frequently visited oxcart factory, better known as the Joaquín Chaverri Oxcart Factory, opened in 1902 and is recognized as the birthplace of oxcart construction in Costa Rica. Visitation to Sarchi often coincides with tours to Poas and Barva volcanoes.