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Costa Rica - Orosi

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You've read about Costa Rica's beautiful beaches, the surfing, the game fish. You've seen tourists ziplining through the thick rainforest. But when Ticos take time off, many head inland, to a tiny Eden called the Orosi Valley. Rimmed by gentle mountains and emerald coffee plantations, the valley is about an hour's drive southeast of San Jose. But the McDonald's and malls that have invaded the capital city haven't made it here yet. There are no chain restaurants, no American-owned businesses. Just tiny homes framed with flower boxes, a few small motels and restaurants, and an historic village where you can walk across a swinging bridge or ride a horse right through town. We'll take you to ruins of the country's oldest church, and the chapel of the second-oldest sanctuary, which still holds daily services. You'll meet a man who carves characters from the tangled roots of coffee plants. And traipse up the edge of a volcano.

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