Just a mere 40 miles (65km) east of San Jose in the Central Valley region of Cartago, Turrialba is a wonderfully rustic area in which to spend a few days as either an alternative to San Jose or if you’re en route to the Pacuare or coastal Caribbean regions.
Green coffee plantations comb their way through this region’s rolling mountains and farmland, and with a tangible bucolic feel there are some lovely, low-key luxury hotels to stay at from which we can organise hiking, bike riding, horse riding and excursions to local sugar cane, coffee and macadamia farms.
Another attraction to the area, albeit for the more adventurous, is that it offers some of the world’s best rapids to raft courtesy of the Pacuare, Reventazon and Corobici rivers.
December to April are the drier months, but you can go all year round The average annual temperature is 22ºC (70ºF)
Rustic mountain village with an easy-going vibe and with lots of activities within reach
White Water Rafting
Tour Local Coffee, Sugar and Macadamia FarmsHiking to Irazu, Poas and barva Volcanoes The Turrialba Volcano is currently closed to visitors at the momentVisits to Guayabo, Costa Rica’s only pre-Colombian site