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San Isidro de El General is the largest town in this region and is located in the foothills of the Talamanca Mountains. Its’ rich farming heritage ring’s true with it’s many festivals and parades. There is an organic Farmer’s Market every Thursday.

San Isidro is the starting point for trips to Chirripo National Forest, Nauyaca Waterfalls, Dominical and the pristine secluded beaches to the south.

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Mount Chirripo is the tallest mountain in Costa Rica. If you are hiking up Mount Chirripo, come prepared for all sorts of weather. Due to the great elevations, temperatures frequently dip below freezing, especially at night. During the day, temperatures can soar, so be prepared for extreme weather changes. After you have hiked to the top of Mount Chirripo, San Isidro is a great place for stopping and resting your weary muscles before continuing your adventures.

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San Isidro is the gateway city to the Southern Zone of Costa Rica. Abundant foliage and a year round comfortable climate make this the perfect place to make your home base while exploring Nauyaca Waterfalls, Dominical and the many secluded beaches to the south.

Only 1/2 hour drive from San Isidro, Nauyaca Waterfalls is the most spectacular waterfall in Costa Rica. You’ll make your journey on horse back through the rainforest to the falls, dip in the deep pools of crystal clear, mountain waters as cascading 120 foot waterfalls dance over your head. Tours can be arrange by calling Don Lulo at 787-0198.

Dominical, known to the international surfing community because of its consistently good waves, is 1/2 hour drive by car. There are 4 scheduled buses between San Isidro each day. Dominical and the neighboring beaches are also a great place to stroll the sandy beaches and watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean , returning to the cooler temperatures of the San Isidro area for the night.

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In February, the Indian festival of Fiesta de los Diablitos is in the nearby village of Rey Curre. Costumed, masked Boruca Indians perform dances representative of the Spanish conquest Central America Fireworks and an Indian handicraft market are held during this 3 day event. This is the best place in Costa Rica to buy hand-carved Boruca masks. The date varies, so call the Costa Rica Tourist Board (800/327-7033) for more information.

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