The Central Valley is a high and vast region cordoned off to the north and south by the great volcanic mountain ranges that divide Costa Rica in two, the Cordillera Central and the Cordillera de Talamanca. It is situated just south of San Jose and approximately 2/3 of the country’s population live in this area. The farming in most of the Central Valley is very good due to the very fertile soil from the volcanoes Irazu and Poas. The capital city of San Jose offers an excellent base for day trips due to its excellent situation in the middle of the country. The nearby towns of Heredia and Alajuela attract many visitors for their proximity to the airport, direct access to nature and laidback atmosphere.
Activities in and from San Jose include:
Whitewater rafting on the Reventazon (class III) or the Pacuare River (Class IV)
Coffee farm tours
Visits to Poas Volcano National Park
Climate: Daytime temperatures average between 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit with a rainy season that lasts from May to October. During the rainy season, showers fall primarily during the afternoon hours and produce refreshing breezes.