Costa Rica - Eyewitness Travel Guide by Christopher P. Baker

By Christopher P. Baker

Страна удивительной красоты, Коста-Рика, омываемая двумя океанами, может похвастаться более чем десятью климатическими зонами. Здесь вы сможете таять от удовольствия в горячих источниках у подножия величественного вулкана Ареналь, прогуливаться по заповеднику Monte-verde Cloud wooded area, потягивать кофе на плантации, а затем наблюдать, как солнце садится в воды Тихого океана, стоя у самой кромки воды. Чего еще можно желать? Этот путеводитель проведет вас не только по протоптанным туристами тропам, он заставит почувствовать пульсирующее сердце страны. Чего бы вы ни ожидали, этот центральноамериканский рай наверняка вас удивит! Voted most sensible advisor publication through mother or father and Observer readers.# choked with photos, illustrations and maps.# The flavours of Costa Rica, sector via region.# In-depth gains on panorama and wildlife.# large collection of resorts and restaurants.# cover excursions, mountaineering, water activities and golf.# Scenic routes and thematic excursions.

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Elevations between 2,650 and 4,900 ft (800–1,500 m) are ideal for coffee estates. The volcanic soil contains the nutrients that coffee bushes require. THE EARLY DAYS Before the construction of the railroads in the late 19th century, coffee beans were packed in gunny sacks and transported to the port of Puntarenas in carretas (oxcarts). Trains of oxcarts loaded with coffee traveled down the mountains of Costa Rica in convoys. From Puntarenas, the beans were shipped to Europe, a journey that took three months.

The entrance is a life-size statue of Christ. entrance is a larger-than-life Hoffman lies buried in the bronze bust of Zúñiga. To the Although entirely lacking crypt of the cathedral, right is a bas-relief plaque alongside former president the ornate Baroque gilt of honoring José Raventós Gual, many other Latin American Tomás Guardia (see p45). who had the theater built.

Following a brief civil war, San José was named capital and quickly eclipsed other cities as prominent cafetaleros (coffee barons) imported skilled European artisans to beautify the city with fine structures. Since the 1960s, high-rise buildings and sprawling slum barrios (neighborhoods) have changed the profile of this city of one-third of a million people. Still, San José has its own charm. The main tourist sights, including the Teatro Nacional (National Theater), the gold and jade museums, and numerous plazas, are centered around the city core, within walking distance of one another.

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