The beauty and charm of San Jose emanate from the mixture cosmopolitan ambiance and the daily cultural life typical of a Central American capital city. The colorful facades glow against the sporadic dense greenery, and the trees act as natural fences around homes with thick, large roots holding the sloped terraces in place. The scent of sweet mangos and tangy pineapple drift out of the open storefronts of the numerous markets. Booths and stalls in front of the National Museum around Avenida 2 showcase artisan crafts, from hand-woven hammocks to elegant bags.
Your flight lands at Juan Santamaria International Airport, where your private transfer greets you upon arrival. The warm, tropical air of the Central Valley meets you as you exit the airport, and the full scale of the capital city comes into view with a captivating pulse beating through the streets. The Gold Museum offers extensive insight into the rich history of Costa Rica through the priceless pieces of pre-Colombian artifacts. The galleries display historical currency, ornaments, and gold characters, including El Guerrero, a life-sized figure of a warrior adorned with golden accessories. The surrounding architecture resembles a bank vault, glittering with the gold of Costa Rica’s rich cultural history. You find an oasis on the luxurious grounds of your hotel, which offers exceptional views of the Central Valley. The lush hills roll to the bordering volcanic peaks, and sporadic colorful homes shine against the encompassing emerald trees.