Costa Rica’s natural brightness glows in the Mercado Central where vibrant life swirls around a 19th-century circular edifice. The stunning hues of mangoes, pineapple, and bananas emanate from the local produce vendors. The scent of passion fruit drifts away from the stalls before fading beneath the aroma of freshly brewed coffee. Mussels, conch shells, and snapper cook in the natural citrus of sour lemon to create zesty, satisfying ceviche. The Old-World ambiance highlights the splendor of the country found in its natural beauty, from the colors of the blossoming flowers to the sensational plumage of the avifauna.
Your flight lands at Juan Santamaria International Airport where your private transfer will greet and escort you out of the capital city to the enchanting landscape of Bajos del Toro. The winding road takes you out of the Central Valley, climbing over the ridges of the volcanic peaks. You can see the natural demarcation where the coffee crops cease to grow in the higher altitudes in the hills around San Jose.
The air is cooler and crisper in the hills, and the trees are laden with dangling moss which helps absorb moisture from the morning mist along the Central Highlands. You hear a rumble and are not sure if it’s the volcanic activity or a distant thunderstorm. You reach the serene, eco-friendly ambiance of your resort nestled into the foothills north of the Poas Volcano. The nearby cascade of Catarata del Toro tumbles 300 feet over a cliff and into the waiting cobalt pool. You relax in the luxury of your accommodation, surrounded by the lush and unique bionetwork of the cloud forest.
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