The Charming Region of Cerro de la Muerte - Edventure Travel

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Traveling from Coast to Coast in One Day? Discover Why Taking Your Time is a Better Idea.

More and more travelers seem to consider traversing from one coast to the other in a single day, for instance from Uvita to Puerto Viejo, or vice versa. While technically feasible, we don’t recommend it. Doing so means missing out on one of the most authentic and pristine regions of the country!

In this blog, we shed light on some of our favorite destinations in the Cerro de la Muerte, the beautiful mountain range that separates the two coasts. Here, you’ll revel in the fantastic climate, unique adventures, and encounters with the locals, offering a glimpse into on the countryside! If you’re seeking a one-of-a-kind travel experience, exploring this region is an absolute must. Find out why you don’t want to skip it.

Discover These 7 Charming Villages in the Cerro de la Muerte


One or two days of rafting on the Pacuare River, visiting the volcano in the national park, mountain biking through lush landscapes, and horseback riding across farmlands—here, you can easily keep yourself entertained for days. The best part? The authentic experience of sharing moments with the hospitable Ticos, who proudly share their rural life.


Explore the beautiful Orosi Valley and its namesake village. It doesn’t get much more authentically Costa Rican than this! You’ll be surrounded by mountains, cloud forests, coffee plantations, and Tapantí National Park, with the Irazú and Turrialba volcanoes and the wild waters of the Pacuare River nearby. Plenty to keep you busy!

Copey de Dota

If you’re crazy about coffee, then Copey de Dota and Santa Maria de Dota are two fantastic villages to visit. This region is known for its fantastic coffee cultivation. You can visit a plantation or take a complete coffee tour, spot the Quetzal bird during a hike, or sip on homemade beer at the local brewery.


Stay with locals, dine with them, enjoy delightful walks, and even make your own coffee during a coffee tour in Costa Rica—it’s all possible in Providencia. You can also go glamping, swim in waterfalls, or go abseiling. Providencia is beautifully situated in a valley surrounded by lush green mountains. Few travelers discover this beautiful village, so you’ll have it mostly to yourself.

San Gerardo de Dota

Ever wanted to see the unique quetzal bird in Costa Rica? You can do so in San Gerardo de Dota. Here, you’ll find yourself amidst cloud forests, where you can venture off on hikes, enjoy the most beautiful views, and join Doña Myriam’s home restaurant in the evenings for a truly delicious, local meal.

San Gerardo de Rivas

This authentic village lies at the foot of Chirripó, Costa Rica’s highest mountain. Discover the tranquility and refreshing climate of this rarely visited region, ideal for hiking in the Cloudbridge Nature Reserve, birdwatching, and relaxing in natural hot springs.

Cerro Chirripó

Do you want to climb Cerro Chirripó? Then you’re up for a real adventure! Ascend to the highest peak in Costa Rica (3805m) and witness a spectacular sunrise at the top. It’s a challenging but unique experience never to be forgotten! On clear days, you can see both coasts, and all the rainforests and cloud forests in between. So cool!

Want to experience the true Costa Rica?

After discovering these seven charming villages in the Cerro de la Muerte, you probably won’t want to rush from coast to coast in a single day anymore. Edventure Travel invites you to explore authentic Costa Rica, where this region is definitely a must-visit.

Request a tailor-made travel quote today and let us know what appeals to you!