Just 40 minutes in a taxi from San Jose, boasting mountain views, coffee plantations and the best weather in Costa Rica.
Gone are the days of 5 hour bus journeys and time for discovering the nearby areas of San Jose.
We stayed in El Cafatel ( http://www.cafetal.com/ ) owned by the eccentric and Che look alike, Romulus.
It was a weekend of waking up to the birds, taking in the fresh air and eating to our hearts content. This hotel is famous for its elaborate breakfasts of tico food; Gallo Pinto ( rice and beans); tamales ( meat wrapped in banana leaves) and french toast ( not quite Tico...but very yummy...)
I just have to add...and some will quietly giggle...I was relieved to hear there were no stray dogs...but as I sat on the porch, alone, with this spectacular view of the valley, thinking to myself , I have just found paradise..... out pops....yes...an Iguana...about 1/2 metre long...hehehe...
Yes...Iguanas....roaming the patios...and if you step into the bushes..monkeys...hehehe..
ahh...the joys of the rainforest...