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http://www.truecostarica.com/images/stories/tortuguero-small.jpg One area that is overlooked by many of the guide books and certainly by most travel agents is the area known as the Route of the Saints. The only tourists that seem to know this area are the bird watchers, and they aren't telling anyone!


This area is about 80 kilometers south of San Jose, off the Inter American Highway. This area, at an elevation of seven thousand feet, is known to be some of Central America's best habitat for the elusive Quetzal. You can horseback ride through the verdant, cool, incredibly green cloudforest or fish in the cool mountain rivers for a trout dinner.

This can be an extremely rustic area. Do not expect gourmet meals or luxurious accommodations. The food tends to be wholesome home cookin' and the hotels, adequate. However, this is a wonderful place to get to know the typically friendly country folk of Costa Rica. Come with an open mind, good hiking shoes, and binoculars.


Featured Lodging:


The per night rate for the hotels in this area are priced as follows.


                                                        $$$$:    $300.00 and above

                                                         $$$:     $175.00 - $300.00

                                                           $$:     $100.00 - $175.00

                                                             $:     Under $100.00    



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Ceviche (also spelled Cerviche) is almost as important to Costa Rica Cuisine as the ubiquitous Gallo Pinto.  It can be found all over the country.  From bus station counters to high end restaurants, you will almost always find this fish cocktail on the menu.
I live in New Orleans, and I am a gumbo junkie.  Working from essentially the same ingredients and spices, everyone here produces a different gumbo.  All local cooks have their own recipe, and all are (usually) delicious.