Located east of the capital of San Jose
in the Central Valley, Tres Rios is a small town that boasts vast green landscapes. This tiny community's claim to fame is its unmatched coffee industry that produces some of the most delicious java in the country and is exported throughout the world. Whether you're staying in San Jose or prefer to explore the countryside of the Costa Rica, Tres Rios is an ideal stopover for those wishing to get in touch with the true Tico lifestyle.
Tres Rios Coffee
If you love waking up each morning to a steamy cup of joe, you must visit the coffee region of Tres Rios. The region is highly affected by the Irazu Volcano
nearby, which has given the area the name of the Bordeaux of Costa Rica. Dark, full-bodied roasts are made with 100 percent Arabica beans, making them some of the most sought-after blends in the world. There's no complete trip here without a taste of the coffee!
Another reason why so many people come here to visit is the unique nature and landscape of the land. In fact, Tres Rios is home to two distinct protected zones: Zona Protectora Rio Tiribi and the Zona Protectora Cerros de la Carpintera. The Cerro la Carpintera was founded in 1976 to protect the pre-montane rainforest and upper cloud forest. The refuge is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna, including rabbits, raccoons, parakeets and squirrels. Here travelers can venture on an exciting canopy tour of the forest.
Map of the Area
Travelers begin their journey by trekking through the forest for about 30 minutes to view local wildlife. There are 19 platforms and two areas to rappel. There's quite literally no better way to experience the forest.
While the town itself doesn't have too much to offer, it's a great place to visit for those who are interested in getting away from it all. There are several hotels and lodges in town to enjoy an overnight stay.
Tres Rios is fairly easy to get to due to its close proximity to both Cartago
and San Jose
. The sleepy town can be reached via car or public transportation. It is about 12 kilometers from San Jose and 13 kilometers from the city of Cartago.