Finca Rosa Blanca is located in the volcanic highlands of the Valle Central, an area known for its mountain-grown coffee. While the capital city of San José is close enough that it’s visible in the valley below, the surrounding landscape is characterized by jungle, waterfalls, and the volcanic peaks of the Cordillera Central mountains, which reach up to about 11,260 feet. The cloud forests of Braulio Carrillo National Park blanket the landscapes to the northeast of the lodge and harbor fascinating mammals, as well as some 500 species of birds.
The lush native vegetation of the property and the adjacent coffee farm draw some 130 bird species, both resident and migratory, including the Montezuma oropendola, rufous-naped wren, blue-gray tanager, summer tanager, and the clay-colored thrush—Costa Rica’s national bird. Resplendent quetzals, as well as white-faced capuchin monkeys, tapirs, and white-nosed coati, can be spotted on excursions to the cloud forests of the nearby Barva Volcano.
The Valle Central was the first area of Costa Rica to be settled by Spanish colonists, and remains largely populated by people of European descent. Four of Costa Rica’s major cities lie within the valley, as well as the country’s top universities. Since the mid-1800s, the Valle Central has been the center of Costa Rica’s thriving coffee industry, producing the lion’s share of exported beans.
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