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  • Carara National Park | National Parks and Reserves | Attractions and Activities
    ship s passengers are bused for a day trip when the liners dock up at Puerto Caldera and a common destination for field trips by school children which makes it a safe trip Primary forests cover the largest portion of the reserve They grow on slopes with a 20 60 incline and they have a wide espave silk cotton wild fig cotonron quamwood etc An Indian cemetery that is almost 6 hectares is located in the park The word Carara is an indigenous term reputedly meaning river of crocodiles The area in which the reserve is located was occupied by an indigenous culture that is thought to have been allied with groups located in the Central Valley from 300 B C to A D 1500 Extensive tomb sites have been excavated here and the burial places of people of high status are remarkably complex They contain all that the occupants would need for a long journey including wives slaves armaments and large vessels of food because it was believed that the person might need his or her belongings from this world to the next one Carara is a favorite with bird watchers for several reasons besides its ease of access Its position in a transition zone means that residents of both habitats are likely to appear And because it is slightly dryer and not all of the trees are evergreen Carara is more open than the rainforests further south making wildlife spotting easier Carara is a region of mountain ranges marshes meanders forests swamps rivers and ravines of crocodiles and macaws of archeological sites and very hot and humid climate This small reserve of 4 700 hectares is located 4 kms southwest of Orotina These tropical dry forests of Carara are highly susceptible to forest fires an occurrence that takes

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  • Sports in San Jose Costa Rica
    years phone Sports For being located in the center of the country several sport events have taken place in San José city This city has held the Nacional Sport Games in Several occasions It has also hosted some baseball games at the Antonio Escarré Stadium of basketball teams like the Liceo de Costa Rica team and the Seminario Fidélitas team from football teams Duch as the Brujas de Escazú which plays at the Nacional Stadium as well as the Nacional Football selection The National Stadium has a synthetic athletism field that is used for athletism practice Ticos take their fútbol seriously Costa Rican professional soccer is some of the best in Central America and the national team or Sele selección nacional qualified for the World Cup in 2002 for the second time in the country s history The soccer season runs from September to June with the finals spread out over several weeks in late June and early July You don t need to buy tickets in advance Tickets generally run between 2 and 15 It s worth paying a little extra for sombra numerado reserved seats in the shade This will protect you from both the sun and the more rowdy aficionados Costa Rican soccer fans take the sport seriously and several violent incidents both inside and outside the stadiums have marred the sport in recent years so be careful Other options include sombra general admission in the shade palco and palco numerado general admission and reserved mezzanine and sol general general admission in full sun The main San José team is Saprissa affectionately called El Monstruo or The Monster Saprissa s stadium is in Tibás take any Tibás bus from Calle 2 and Av 5 Games are often held on Sunday at 11am but occasionally they are scheduled

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  • San Jose City Landmarks
    Listings Most Rated Listings Top Rated Listings Most Reviewed Listings Tag Cloud area building center central children church city costa costarican country different great high important international jose josé large local located main museum music nacional national natural park people place rica right shopping social theater time visitors years phone City Landmarks The city s principal landmark is called Coca Cola because a Coca Cola bottling plant was located there many years ago Important places in the city include the Banco Central de Costa Rica building the Banco Nacional building much taller than other buildings nearby giving the city its particualr skyline La Sabana Metropolitan Park Avenida Central a pedestrian thoroughfare and one of the major commercial areas in the city The Central Park and Plaza de la Cultura are visited by thousnads of workers and tourists every day The Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica National Theater of Costa Rica Melico Salazar Theater and the Catedral are other landmarks in the central area In the South the Clínica Bíblica a private hospital and the Pacific Train Station are important buildings San José as being Costa Rica s capital city needs further exploration to visit every of its landmarks However since

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  • Getting There - San Jose Costa Rica
    local located main museum music nacional national natural park people place rica right shopping social theater time visitors years phone Getting there Costa Rica s international airport Juan Santamaría SJO is actually in Alajuela about twenty minutes from San José Taxis are available immediately outside the airport and will transport travelers to the capital for a set rate of approximately 12 US Take only licensed range taxis with Taxi Aeropuerto on the side If you prefer to tour the city and country independently you may choose to rent a car at the airport As Costa Rica s entire public bus system is centered in Downtown San Jose you can get from here to any part of the country very easily Even if you are in Costa Rica for just a few days there are many trips that one can take from San José Visit the active Poás Volcano and Irazú Volcano with a few national parks nearby as well A local bus stop also sits outside the airport the beginning of Costa Rica s extensive and inexpensive bus system Buses vary from higher class air conditioned vehicles to less fancier buses Most only accept colones The main bus terminal in

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  • Health and Safety in Costa Rica
    and the U S In general the cost of most medicines is lower up to 80 than those in the U S Most drugs are freely available over the counter in any Costa Rican pharmacies without a prescription There are however some exceptions which are strong pain relievers and narcotics In Costa Rica pharmacists are permitted to prescribe medicines as well as administer on the spot injections They are also available to answer your questions and give free medical advice about less complex conditions Some pharmacies open 24 hours a day have bilingual employees to help you and will often deliver to your home Low Cost Medical Insurance Costa Rica s health care system is available to retirees pensionados and other foreign residents Residents may join the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social Costa Rican Social Security System and enjoy the same inexpensive medical coverage as most Costa Ricans do They also have clinics all over the country Most foreigners and retirees opt for the medical insurance offered by the government s insurance company the National Insurance Institute or INS Everyone is eligible to apply including permanent residents pensionados and even tourists The medical policy covers expenses due to illness accidents hospitalization office visits lab work medicines and medical costs in foreign countries The INS and other Insurance Providers offer an international insurance policy that covers your needs in Costa Rica and the rest of the world The rates are higher but the coverage is still very reasonable International Health Insurance Policy The INS and other Insurance Providers offer an international insurance policy that covers your needs in Costa Rica and the rest of the world These new medical policies cover medical expenses due to accident or sickness Some of the items covered Hospitalization and ambulatory expense maternity prothesis organ transplants

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  • San Jose Costa Rica Overview
    Costa Rica s Central valley and very much the center of things politically economically and physically speaking The capital is a busy place but still quite laid back It is a fine city for walking tours San José is small and cozy Although its style and architecture are contemporary some buildings of strong European influence mainly British and French can still be found as a heritage of the economic coffee prosperity from the Turn of the Century There are few high rises Towards the north and west of the city there can be appreciated some old adobe structures with tile roofs that have been preserved with care These evoke past remembrances of the large coffee plantations and farms Although district areas do exist these are small quadrants for property census and electoral organizations The administrative division of the country was defined by regions or cantons which have their own municipalities and can be considered as small urban zones and towns with their own unique personality and characteristics Thanks to the topography there is a great diversity of micro climates that determine in many cases the type of production on the region Distances are easily covered by car or public transportation Among the most important spots in San José places to visit are the National Theater the giant cathedral the Gold Museum the Jade Museum the Children s Museum and National Museum The Simon Bolivar Zoo is a great place to visit to get a taste of the animals you may see on your adventures into rainforests outside of the capital Among the things to do around San José are the one day tours such as the Rain Forest Aerial Tram volcanoes river rafting and the town of Sarchí where visitors will find handicrafts and souvenirs San José is also a

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  • San Jose Costa Rica Tips and Practicalities
    Tips and Practicalities As population increase crime is also on the rise in San José Be on the watch for pickpockets and other petty thieves especially in crowded places like the Mercado Central Take taxis at night even for short distances Prostitution is legal among adults in Costa Rica but HIV is an ever increasing risk Most entertainment of the adults only persuasion is located in San Jose s Zona Rosa the Red Light District north of downtown San José Tips A supply of small dollar bills is useful 1 for baggage 10 for meals generally included in the bill along with 14 service charge known as impuestos 5 per day is a rough guide for guides Health Medical Emergencies Public hospitals have a good reputation and will usually have someone who speaks English The Clínica Biblíca C1 Av 14 Tel 2257 5252 with 24 hour pharmacy How to Avoid Being Bitten Malaria is limited to the vicinity of Limón but other diseases such as dengue fever are spread by mosquitoes so you do need to protect yourself Insect repellent containing DEET is effective and long trousers in the evening are recommended in the jungle areas Other Common Illnesses Diarrhea

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  • What to do in San Jose, Costa Rica?
    for them to try out However if you do decide to go white water rafting for your safety make sure that you go with an experienced and well trained outfitter guide Another popular feature of the San José is an interesting place to visit with many sights and sounds that give this city its unusual appeal Tour the Jade Museum Contemporary Art and Design Museum the National Theatre and the various city mercados or markets to get a feel for what San José is all about Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design inside CENAC or tour the Jade Museum in the Instituto Nacional de Seguros here If you have kids a great place to take them would be to the Simon Bolivar National Zoo on 11th Avenue Avenida 11 or the kids Museum on 4th Street Calle 4 To get up close and personal with the residents of this city visit the many local mercados or markets such as the Mercado Central on Avenida Central The best way to experience Costa Rica s urban culture in San José is by taking a stroll which can be easily done since there is a big space and walking streets for pedestrians Dispersed all throughout the city San José s public parks markets and courtyards serve as daytime meeting places for the city s friendly locals called josefinos There are other attractions in San José which you can not miss Mercado Central The bustling central market is the perfect place to fill your backpack or suitcase s empty spaces Avenida Central Beginning a block beyond the Mercado Central Central Avenue is a pedestrian friendly epicenter of shops and restaurants El Pueblo San José s all night entertainment and nightlife hub El Pueblo caters to tourists and locals both with restaurants discos

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