My first thought of San Jose: “I’m in a “real” “modern” city.” The city of San Jose has definitely seen the growth and development of western culture. Gone were the cobblestones I loved, the quiet streets, and simple colonial homes. I only spent about half a day here and already I couldn’t wait to leave. To get away from the city I did a daytrip to the Poas Volcano and a coffee plantation. Both did not disappoint. To get to the active crater of the Poas volcano was an easy 10 minute walk, as a shuttle does most of the climbing for you. We were lucky enough to view the crater for a few seconds without clouds. I did a tour of a coffee plantation because it would’ve been awful if I left C.America without doing one. The Doka plantation exports 70% of its products to Starbucks in the US 🙂 The guide distastefully added that starbucks roast the beans too long: 22minutes, which explains the burnt taste. A treat included in the tour: stopping by Grecia to check out the church made of metal (I touched it, it really is made of metal), and we saw the biggest most colorful oxcart in the world!