Places of Interest
Top 4 Architectural Sights
- Teatro Nacional, San José
- Hacienda Santa Rosa, Guanacaste
- Ruinas de la Iglesia de Ujarrás
- Casa Fait, Puntarenas
The Teatero Nacional, or National Theatre in San Jose was built at the end the 19th century and is famed for its grand marble interior and neoclassical facade. The theater offers guided tours where you can learn more about the building and its brilliant collection of 19th century paintings. Hacienda Santa Rosa contains the building La Casona Hacienda, which was at the center of the most famous battle in Costa Rican history. The building is now a monument and museum set in a stunning national park. The Ruinas de la Iglesias in Ujarras are the ruins of one of the oldest churches in Costa Rica, erected in the 1580s during early colonial times. The Casa Fait in Puntarenas is another architectural delight. Built in a Victorian style in the 1920s by Alberto Fait Rocchi the building also has some Art Nouveau influences.
Top 4 Natural Sights
- Guanacaste Conservation Area
- Corcovado National Park
- Cerro Chirripó, Cordillera de Talamanca
- Braulio Carrillo National Park
The Guanacaste Conservation Area is a thoroughly diverse expanse of national parks and protected areas. Along with cloud forests, rainforest and marine ecosystems the area also contains five volcanoes, including the famous Rincon de la Vieja and Santa Maria volcanoes. Corcovado National Park is another protected, biodiverse area home to many species of mammals and birds. You can enter the park via four ranger stations that vary in difficulty in terms of accessibility. San Pedrillo Ranger Station is well equipped for tourists and offers some great hiking routes. The Cerro Chirripo is the highest mountain in Costa Rica at 12,533 ft, on a clear day you can see all the way across the country from the pacific coast to the Caribbean. Braulio Carrillo National Park is another area of intense ecological diversity with over 600 species of trees. The park is also home to the Barva Volcano with its impressive Barva Lagoon that is 230 feet in diameter and 28 feet deep.