Due to its geographical location, and the fact that the country is divided by a mountain range, Costa Rica offers several options for you to visit many ecosystems with varied climates and environments, from beaches to mountains and volcanoes, most of them very close to the main cities.
Costa Rica is separated into west and east by a mountain range. This chain of mountains and volcanoes goes from Nicaragua to Panama and is divided into three smaller groups of geographical features:
Guanacaste mountain range, Central volcanic range and Talamanca mountain range. Remembering that wherever you are in Costa Rica, you have a mountain view.
To the south of San José and Cartago on the way to the Valle del General you will get to the mountains that belong to the Talamanca mountain range. Cerro de la Muerte, which is crossed by the Inter-American Highway going south, is one of the first mountains. Once you get to San Isidro del General you can plan to go climbing the highest peak in the country that is Cerro Chirripó, which is 3820 meters above the sea level (12530 ft). From there, you will admire the peaceful scenery of some glacial lakes and high mountain formations, all of it in a freezing temperature.