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 tropical forests, waterfalls, and the peaks of the Cordillera Central mountains, which reach up to about 11,260 feet.
Costa Rica’s capital is a bustling city with a vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene and several cultural sites that are worth a stop. The Gold Museum glitters with more than 2,000 pieces of pre-Columbian gold that tell the story of the civilizations that existed here before the colonial era. The neo-Classical National Theater, built at the turn of the 20th century, is an architectural gem; come to admire the interior and exterior, or take in a show.
An easy drive from San José, this national park is made up of rain forest and cloud forest laced with waterfalls and hiking trails. It is home to white-faced capuchin monkeys, tapirs, white-nosed coati, and some 500 species of birds, including the resplendent quetzal.
The highest point of Braulio Carrillo National Park is Barva Volcano, a dormant peak that tops off at 9,700 feet and is dotted with crater lakes.
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.
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 can be spotted on excursions to the cloud forests of nearby Barva Volcano.
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