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Moravia, San Jose

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Moravia church on a beautiful day

Some travelers look for a getaway near all the action, but those seeking a more local experience can look to the San Jose suburb of Moravia. Just outside of the busy capital of Costa Rica lies a quiet community where travelers can get a taste of the true Costa Rica lifestyle. Made up of 44 different neighborhoods, travelers will find excellent shopping, quaint bed and breakfasts and low-key nature reserves. As much of the land is dedicated to agriculture - although not as much as it once was - the land produces coffee, beans, fruits and vegetables. This region is also known for its hand crafted leather goods.

Shopping

The El Gran Cacique is a gift shop in Moravia where you can find outstanding local and handmade crafts. Primarily made with leather and wood, these items make for a perfect souvenir to remember a trip. Next door to this shop is La Rueda, which is another great shop. Here travelers will find a wide array souvenirs, most of which are unique, local and homemade.

Braulio Carrillo National Park

Braulio Carrillo National Park's rain and cloud forest has two major features: the sprawling virgin forest and the highway travelers must take to get there. This highway offers some of the most stunning views of natural scenery in Costa Rica, and is one of the major reasons why this area is protected. Despite being amid the wilds of the country, it is one of the most traveled roads in the country.

Highlights of Braulio Carrillo

This region boasts several volcanic craters that can be best seen early in the morning. Later in the afternoon, these stunning natural wonders are covered by mist and clouds.


The Rainforest Aerial Tram on the eastern side of the park takes visitors on a two level tour of the rainforest canopy - through the valley and up onto a mountain. Travelers who prefer to trek through the rainforest on foot can easily spend an hour in the high elevation rainforest. No one should miss the beautiful sunset over the forest.

Flora and Fauna in Braulio Carrillo

There are more than 500 species of birds and 150 species of mammals in this park that visitors may spot. The lowland wet forest, streams, river and tropical highland forest are home to howler monkeys, ocelots, northern tamandua jaguars, bare-necked umbrella bird, flame-throated warblers, yellow-eared toucanet and more.