• Costa Rica Pass Regions

Central Valley

In the Central Valley, you will find a wide range of cultural and tourist attractions, including Costa Rica’s best museums, such as the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, Jade Museum, National Museum, Costa Rican Art Museum, La Salle Natural Sciences Museum, Insect Museum of the University of Costa Rica, Children’s Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design – all of which you can see in the capital city of San Jose. Furthermore, in San Jose you have the architectural jewel of the country, the National Theater, as well as the attractive Melico Salazar Theater. The Central Valley is ringed by several national parks: Poas Volcano, Braulio Carrillo, Irazu Volcano, and Turrialba Volcano, where you can see animal life, scenic landscapes, volcanoes, and rainforest and cloud forest. San Jose is the political and economic center of Costa Rica. However, the provincial capitals of Alajuela, Heredia and Cartago also provide a wide range of commercial and tourist services.

San José

Costa Rica’s capital is located in the high Central Valley in the center of the country at about 1,100 meters (3,600 feet) elevation. It is surrounded by a volcanic chain to the north, and by a towering 3,000-meter-high (9,840 ft) mountain range in the south. Thanks to the fertile volcanic soil in the Central Valley, coffee, fruits, vegetables, and sugar cane all grow here. The population of San Jose is 1.17 million (2015).
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

The Gold Museum in San Jose is one of the four best gold museums in the world. It is situated below the Plaza de la Cultura (Cultural Plaza), behind the National Theater, and contains an impressive collection of pre-Columbian gold works of art,

Jade Museum

The Jade & Pre-Columbian Art Museum is located in the Plaza de la Democracia (Democracy Plaza) in the center of San Jose. Besides pre-Columbian jade artifacts, it also displays works of art of this era made from stone and ceramic.

National Museum

The National Museum of Costa Rica, which is housed in the former military garrison of Buena Vista in the Plaza de la Democracia, provides the most extensive collection of artifacts and information about past history up to contemporary times in Costa Rica.

National Theater

The National Theater in San Jose, built in neoclassical style, is an architectural gem of the 19th century with an exquisite internal decor. It is located directly opposite the Metropolitan Cathedral in the Central Park. The entrance hall is very impressive, featuring Carara marble, gold leaf,


Located on the Cerro de la Muerte (Death Mountain) at nearly 3,500 m (11,483 ft), it is one of the highest mountain passes and one of the most popular destinations for birders and serious nature enthusiasts. According to the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC),