Ok, so now you’re in Costa Rica but… where to go? Do not worry, in Costa Rica there is so much to do, it is time to explore.
1. Else Kientzler Botanical Garden
If you are looking to spend a nice day with your family or friends, the Else Kientzler Botanical Garden is an excellent choice. It is a space full of vegetation and colors. More than 2000 species of plants are responsible for giving life to the place.
Roads with footpaths help to cross its eleven gardens with greater immersion, therefore, if they visit the place try to wear clothes and comfortable shoes. It has a picnic area and wooden tables, so that they can take food and spend all day in the place.
For boys and girls, there is a game aréa that will captivate even the greatest.
The place is open from Monday to Sunday, from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is located 400 meters North of the Sarchí stadium. There you can buy plants in case you want to take advantage.
2. “Los Chorros”
Los Chorros, is a delightful place to swim, dive and relax at Grecia in Alajuela. They do not sell food, so bring something to eat and drink. Also for the walk of entrance is advisable to take tennis, comfortable clothes and swimsuit to change.
On the trails you can appreciate the nature of place in all its splendor. It is a good place to spend the day. The trails and already being in the waterfall has an average level of difficulty, where you have to be careful before a fall. Nothing from another world, just be cautious.
To get there by car, you can enter via the Bernardo Soto Highway and detour to Greece and then continue for 10 km to Tacares and there you will see a sign to deviate 2 km; Another option is to go through the center of Alajuela, reach Barrio San José and after the crossing of the Poas Volcano, continue straight to Carrillos and then to Tacares. It is a tour of at least 1 hour from San José
3. Santa Ana Conservation Center
Another place near San José to spend as a family is the Santa Ana Conservation Center. It is a space that, in addition to promoting the protection of flora and fauna, ensures the protection of the historical heritage thanks to the Agricultural Museum that is inside its facilities , Where you can appreciate the trapiches, old benefits and patios of culture.
Its paths allow you to reach a cactus garden, forest nursery, also has a large picnic area, play area for children; In order, green areas to rest and enjoy nature.
The place is in Rio Oro de Santa Ana and has an extension of 53 hectares. It is located at the Santa Cruz 300 meters to the west and 200 meters north. The hours are from Monday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
4. Barva Volcano
A place little visited by tourists but that keeps an immersive mysticism is the Barva Volcano, which belongs to the Braulio Carrillo National Park. The best way to get here is by car, but rest assured that if you go by bus the adventure is double, recommended if you like to walk because of the last bus stop at the entrance of the Park are about 5 km on a stone terrain challenging .
Once in the Park, the air you breathe is another, cold, surrounded by incredible greenery. Here you walk a lot so if you plan to go, bring comfortable clothes, tennis (preferably mountain) and something to hydrate and eat.
The Barva Volcano, unlike most of the volcanoes, is already inactive and today is a beautiful lagoon, which on the trails is fully appreciated at the foot of its waters. In the same way from the vantage point you can get a dreamy view of the whole circumference of the lagoon.
In the park you will also find two other lagoons: Copey and Danta. The road to them is a bit more challenging and adventurous, for those who decide to cheer up, but a good walk awaits them.
The hours of the park are from 8:00 a.m. M. At 4:00 p.m. M. If you go by bus, you have to take the bus from San José de la Montaña, the bus leaves you in Sacramento; From there it is necessary to walk like 5 km until the entrance of the park. If you are going by car, take the route Heredia-Barva-San José de la Montaña-Paso Llano y Sacramento. As we said, the ideal is to go by car and double-drive.