Located near the center of Costa Rica, San José is a bustling city full of culture, great restaurants, and many impressive landmarks, such as historical parks and buildings. The city is home to an extraordinary downtown market selling everything from fresh foods and rare spices to great handicrafts and souvenirs. A great place to start any vacation to Costa Rica, you will not want to miss all that San José has to offer.
Here you will find yet another river rafting hotspot located in the valley of Cartago just 50 kilometers (32 miles) from the capital of San José. The region offers pre-Columbian ruins and the Turrialba volcano, which comes with a gorgeous view of the surrounding areas. And be sure to visit the town itself for a taste of the region's culture.