Our newest team member at Edventure Travel is Ernest, who recently moved to Turrialba. In this blog, he tells you all about this versatile and authentic region that’s much more than just a stopover! Read on and let Turrialba conquer a spot on your list of must-visit destinations.
Although Turrialba is currently seen by many foreign visitors as merely a welcome stopover between the southern Pacific and Caribbean coasts, it is one of the most beautiful and inspiring areas of Costa Rica, provided you look beyond what meets the eye. There’s something interesting to discover around every corner!
Turrialba has everything to offer that you can find elsewhere in the country, except waves and beaches, of course. We have two volcanoes here, Irazu and Turrialba, various natural habitats, mountains, and wild rivers. It’s a true outdoor paradise, and outdoor sports are in the blood of the Turrialbeños. Rafting, canyoning, ziplines, horse tours, paragliding, mountain biking, and coffee, chocolate, and cheese tours are just a few of the exciting activities you can undertake here!
However, this extreme variety of adventurous and cultural activities is not the only thing that makes the Turrialba valley unique. It’s a place where national and international tourism go hand in hand, known under the motto “Ruralmente Auténtico” (Rurally Authentic).
Turrialba is centrally located, just a 2-hour drive from the capital San José, 1 hour from Cartago, and precisely between both coasts. The city lies along the old connection route between east and west, fitting into many travel itineraries!
Currently, this beautiful rural town, where Costa Rican hospitality reigns, is undergoing a rebirth. Young local entrepreneurs are breathing new life into the city with inspiring initiatives.
Additionally, there is a lot of history here. As an extension of the old capital Cartago, Turrialba played an important role in the national economy. Turrialba boasts two exceptional educational institutes, UCR and CATIE. The latter harbors a wealth of knowledge in their botanical garden and research & education center. Since most of the property is open to the public, and various markets are organized, it is an ideal place to spend the day.
The canton of Turrialba, surrounded by majestic mountains, makes every outdoor enthusiast’s heart beat faster. Known as one of the pearls of rafting and kayaking, here you can travel down the famous Pacuare River under the guidance of world-class rafters. This extreme outdoor sport, along with canyoning at the many waterfalls in the area, has provided a fertile ground for the development of other extreme sports such as mountain biking and rock climbing.
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Is Turrialba making its way onto your wish list? Edventure Travel works with the most charming accommodations and tour operators, and we’d love to help make your trip unforgettable.