What to see in Central Valley

Discover everything you can see in Costa Rica’s Central Valley and enjoy a great vacation in this region

The Central Valley is one of the most important areas concerning ecotourism in Costa Rica. Its incredible natural parks, active volcanoes and exotic fauna are some of the attractions of this central region. Through the most established customs and traditions, you will become fully involved in the deep life of Costa Rican people in the country’s inland. Nor must you forget the rest and peace you will find in its charming and picturesque villages to make of your vacation an unforgettable experience.

Find out more about all the interesting sites of the Central Valley:

Cartago cityCartago city
Discover the modern Cartago, the most important pilgrimage site of Costa Rica, and visit the Irazú volcano

Nuestra Senora de los Angeles BasilicaNuestra Senora de los Angeles Basilica
Come to the splendid and renowned pilgrimage site Nuestra Senora de los Ángeles Basilica, in Costa Rica

Cartago RuinsCartago Ruins
Get to know the surprising Cartago Ruins, in Costa Rica, and stroll through its fabulous tropical garden

Irazú National ParkIrazú National Park
Come to the Irazú National Park, in the Cartago county, and admire the largest active volcano in the country

Orosí ValleyOrosí Valley
Find out the hidden wealth in the Orosí Valley, its colonial past and the beauty of its Costa Rican landscapes

Mirador de Orosí OverlookMirador de Orosí Overlook
Discover the Mirador de Orosí scenic overlook, placed in the heart of nature, in Costa Rica

Iglesia de Orosí ChurchIglesia de Orosí Church
Admire the purity of the Iglesia de Orosí Church, one of the oldest temples in Costa Rica

Tapantí National ParkTapantí National Park
Visit the Tapantí National Park, in Cartago, and enjoy hiking surrounded by lush nature

Have fun in one of the most charming villages in Costa Rica, Cachí, in the Cartago county

Lago de CachíLago de Cachí
Ride a bike in the surroundings of Cachí, in Costa Rica, and discover the graceful Cachí Lake

Casa del Soñador HouseCasa del Soñador House
Go to the Casa del Soñador House, in Cartago, and contemplate the marvelous artistic work of Macedonio Quesada

Visit one of the most crowded villages in the Cartago province, Paraíso, in Costa Rica

Jardín Botánico LankesterJardín Botánico Lankester
Contemplate the incredible collection of orchids in the splendid Jardín Botánico Lankester, in Cartago

Find out one of the oldest ecclesiastical structures in Ujarrás, in the Cartago province of Costa Rica

Ruinas de UjarrásRuinas de Ujarrás
Discover the Ruinas de Ujarrás in Costa Rica and the legendary story of the Virgen del Rescate

Visit the CATIE and notice the sustainable agriculture projects in Costa Rica through its adventurous tours

Guayabo National MonumentGuayabo National Monument
Admire the Guayabo National Monument and discover one of the most relevant sites in Costa Rica

Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Ujarrás Church RuinsIglesia de Nuestra Senora de Ujarrás Church Ruins
Get to know the Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Ujarrás Church Ruins, in Cartago, and also its magnificent gardens

La Marta Wildlife RefugeLa Marta Wildlife Refuge
Experience authentic wildlife into the La Marta Wildlife Refuge in Cartago, Costa Rica

San Gerardo de DotaSan Gerardo de Dota
Visit the charming village of San Gerardo de Dota, in Costa Rica, and find out the beautiful quetzal

Santa María de DotaSanta María de Dota
Visit Santa María y Valle de Dota and taste one of the best coffees of the San José county, in Costa Rica

Los Quetzales National ParkLos Quetzales National Park
Go to the Los Quetzales National Park and discover one of the most symbolic Costa Rican birds

Cerro de la MuerteCerro de la Muerte
Come to explore the Cerro de la Muerte and admire the landscape from this amazing peak in Costa Rica

Bosque Eterno de los NiñosBosque Eterno de los Niños
Stop by the Bosque Eterno de los Niños, in Costa Rica, and contemplate its amazing wild fauna


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