San Jose and vicinity (The Great Metropolitan Area)

The first thing you need to know is that when I speak of San Jose, or the city, I am actually referring to all the Great Metropolitan Area, which includes all of San Jose and a part of Heredia, Alajuela and Cartago. The most common place to stay of course, is San José, but if you are visiting family, you could end up on another part of the city. Knowing this, if you are on a business trip, sport tournament trip, or just visiting family, this will be a great guide for making your stay pleasant and avoid wasting your precious time in our country! If you just want to visit the city, you can go ahead and do it, but honestly, there are better places to visit (so don’t stay here long)! If you are travelling to San Jose to take some Spanish lessons, my recommendation, don’t.  I mean, I am sure you can find other language academies on a beach or rainforest where the view is better.  Continue reading “San Jose and vicinity (The Great Metropolitan Area)”

Chirripo Mountain

The Chirripo Mountain is the tallest Peak in Costa Rica. After walking about 14 km uphill (you better be trained or ready for it), you start to see a completely different and unique ecosystem, passing from the tropical rainforest green vegetation, to one with lighter colours like yellow and brownish… and yet, you can feel the place is so much alive! You start to feel like you are in a completely different country, its a different temperature, different scenery and different topography, it is so refreshing! The last 2 km (17km later), you start climbing the last peak and then you are there, 3820 m (12,533 ft) over the sea level, the tallest place in the country. It feels so satisfying! And if you walk in the early morning, and you get there before the sunrise, find a nice spot looking towards the Chirripo National Park Sign and wait to see one of the most amazing sunrises of your life!   Continue reading “Chirripo Mountain”