North of San José

Travel to the central highlands for a real taste of Costa Rica, stunning scenery.

North of San José

Including Bajos del Toro, Naranjo, San Ramón and Poás Volcano

To the north of San José, travel into the central highlands valley for a real taste of Costa Rica and the countryside. From farmland to volcanoes the scenery here is rich and beautiful – peaks and valleys, rainforests and cloudforests teeming with wildlife and birds of all shapes and colours.

Whilst a lot of places are accessible from San José you may want to travel further out and experience different towns and scenery without having to rush back to base –you can immerse yourself in Costa Rican life.

Reasons to Visit North of San José

  • Hike to the Poás Volcano crater – For those wanting to see some volcanic activity this is a popular option as it doesn’t involve any arduous hiking or steep inclines.  Roads lead up to the crater and end within a few hundred metres of the viewing points.
  • Poás Squirrel – Look out for this squirrel, unique to the region – you won’t find them anywhere else.
  • Rappel a waterfall – For the brave amongst you, rappel next to the Catarata Del Toro, and descend a few hundred metres down into a dormant crater.
  • Chocolate and coffee tours – Enjoy the flavours of Costa Rica with these taste experiences – see the whole process from the plant to your cup.
  • Costa Rican cuisine – partake in some traditional Costa Rican culinary delights.
  • Poás Volcano – The main crater is over 1km wide and about 300m deep. The bottom hidden by a beautiful turquoise lake. Pockets of steam rise to the surface giving a mysterious, magical feeling to the experience.
  • Bajos del Toro – Still relatively quiet, this sleepy town is a Costa Rican gem. Everyone seems to know everyone. There is plenty to do here too; you can hike to the back of the Poás Volcano, explore the area on horseback, and experience a zipline tour through the forest canopy.
  • Naranjo and San Ramón – Naranjo is the heart of agricultural belt with the surrounding area dotted with farms growing many different kinds of produce, the main one being coffee. San Ramón is known as the city of poets and presidents and is very relaxed. As a small city, it has everything you would expect from restaurants and bars, art galleries, museums and all of this just a stone’s throw from the amazing countryside.

Places to Stay

There is a variety of accommodation available from B&Bs to eco lodges – it all depends on what you are looking for. Talk to our experts – we’ve been there and are well placed to help you choose.

Bosque de Paz

Bosque de Paz

Modest, North of San Jose

Chayote Lodge

Chayote Lodge

Mid-range, North of San Jose

El Silencio Lodge & Spa

El Silencio Lodge & Spa

Mid-range, North of San Jose

Maquenque Eco Lodge

Maquenque Eco Lodge

Modest, North of San Jose

Villa Blanca Cloudforest Hotel

Villa Blanca Cloudforest Hotel

Modest, North of San Jose