San Ramón, about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) due west of Naranjo and one kilometer (0.6 miles) north of Highway 1, is a gateway to a northern lowlands around a towering highway that crests a cordillera, afterwards starts a prolonged devious skirmish to La Tigra.
This rural and university city is famous for a Saturday feria del agricultor (farmers market). The considerable Parroquia de San Ramón Noñato church on a categorical block is built of steel done by a Krupp armament bureau in Germany. It has a pleasing colonial tile building and stained-glass windows. The San Ramón Museum (tel. 506/2437-7137, 9am-5pm Tues.-Sat., free) on a north side of a plaza, concentrates on internal art exhibits; one room is dedicated to healthy history. Curious to see a tellurian bud recorded in formaldehyde? It has one.
A child studies a recorded citation in a San Ramón Museum. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.
Nectandra Cloud Forest Garden
Nature lovers will disturb to hiking a trails during Nectandra Cloud Forest Garden (tel./fax 506/2445-4642, 7am-5pm Tues.-Sun., $60, includes guided tour, deposition required), 15 kilometers (9.5 miles) north of San Ramón. It’s surrounded by 104 hectares (257 acres) of timberland haven where quetzals can be seen while hiking a 8 kilometers (5 miles) of well confirmed trails. It has a visitors core and a café. Reservations are required.
The San Lorenzo Canopy Tour (tel. 506/2447-9331), 32 kilometers (20 miles) north of San Ramón, has dual zip-line options: The initial facilities 13 platforms, 8 cables, and dual unresolved bridges travelling dual guided trails; or we can take a Adventure Cable Tour by zip line regulating 6 cables, a longest 850 meters (2,800 feet). The latter has dual together cables, so we can competition your best friend. Each costs $35 for 90 minutes, or $55 for both. There’s also a canyoneering choice involving a rapids rappel ($50), and an choice to fly like Superman in a harness, guided hiking, stream rafting, and a night tour.
Where to Stay
Years ago we offering a float to Habitat for Humanity volunteers Christopher Panzer and his Peruvian wife, Luisa. “You also sealed a duplicate of my dog-eared Moon Handbook,” he reminded me by email. The integrate now operates a superb BB: Set on a hilltop with marvellous views a few kilometers northeast of town, Casa Amanecer Bed Breakfast (tel. 506/2445-2100, $65 s, $75 d) is a family-friendly and holistic place. Constructed of teak with glassy petrify in minimalist style, a 4 colorful bedrooms are ornate with Latin American racial art. All bedrooms have atmospheric walk-in showers and lonesome verandas with rockers for enjoying a views. Vegetarian dishes are served, massages are offered, and a loll doubles as an art gallery. Guests are done to feel like family friends.
Villablanca Cloud Forest Hotel. Photo © Harvey Barrison, protected Creative Commons usage.
Villablanca Cloud Forest Hotel Nature Reserve (tel. 506/2461-3800, low deteriorate from $170 s/d, high deteriorate from $189 s/d) sits atop a Continental Divide on a corner of a Los Ángeles reserve. The categorical lodge, once a colonial farmhouse, now boasts a hip contemporary face-lift. The 35 friendly chalets, that nap 2 to 6 people, some wheelchair-accessible, are allocated with handmade hardwood pieces, tiny fireplaces, and both a bathtub and outrageous walk-in showering and (in suites) apart spin tubs large adequate for a Playboy party.
The full-service sauna is acquire after a day of hiking or horseback riding. The bar-lounge, with dual outrageous hearths, flat-screen TVs, and plump leather sofas, is inviting, and there’s even a surround-sound film museum (a inlet documentary is shown during 6pm daily, followed by a tip film during 8pm). This hotel prides itself on carrying warranted 5 “leaves” in a Certification for Sustainable Tourism program. The hotel’s El Sendero Restaurant serves epicurean Latin American transport in a grand ambience recalling a hotel’s plantation heritage.
Getting There and Around
Buses (tel. 506/2222-0064) for San Ramón skip San José ($1.60) each 45 mins 5:50am-10pm daily from Calle 16, Avenidas 10/12. Taxis work from a categorical plaza, or call Taxis San Ramón (tel. 506/2445-5966 or 506/2445-5110).
Excerpted from a Tenth Edition of Moon Costa Rica.