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Enjoy the lush natural environment of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, wandering over 3.5 km (2.1 mi) of beautiful hiking trails through cloud
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Poas Volcano , Poas Volcano National Park
Observe firsthand the geothermal forces that created much of Costa Rica at Poas Volcano. Located within a national park, this active stratovo
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Canyoning / Rapelling Tour
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Zipline , Jaco
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Specialty Museum
Inspect and observe thousands of artifacts from throughout the country's recorded history at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. Located underground b
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San Jose

Theaters · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Many things to do in San Jose allow travelers to experience the rich past of Costa Rica's vibrant capital. Far more than a shopping destination for locally grown and locally made products, Central Market (Mercado Central) is a good place to take in the city's lively atmosphere. Sitting within Bellavista Fortress, National Museum (Museo Nacional) offers an introduction into centuries of Costa Rican history. Nature enthusiasts can trek through a lush tropical rainforest of Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo, while adrenaline seekers can choose between many river rafting, canyoning, and rappelling tours. For a memorable souvenir created by local artisans and craftspeople, stop by Galeria Namu.

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Where to stay in San Jose

You'll find the majority of San Jose's accommodations between Parque Metropolitano La Sabana and the botanical gardens. This area offers luxury chain hotels in the west, simpler guesthouses in the older section of town in the east, and budget-friendly hostels located on side streets, just off from the primary commercial thoroughfares. Many hotels have sprung up close to the airport, located northwest of the city.
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