Costa Rica: San Jose, Poas Volcano and Coffee Plantation

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!

the red cabs of San Jose

the red cabs of San Jose

Teatro Nacional

Teatro Nacional

coffee plantation

coffee plantation

left: good coffee beans right: bad coffee beans, used to make instant coffee

left: good coffee beans right: bad coffee beans, used to make instant coffee

crater of Poas Volcano.

crater of Poas Volcano.

heaven?

heaven?

Lake Botos, an inactive crater within Poas Volcano Park

Lake Botos, an inactive crater within Poas Volcano Park

this trail to Lake Botos made me feel like Alice in Wonderland.

this trail to Lake Botos made me feel like Alice in Wonderland.

"Poor man's umbrella." These could get up to 2 meters big.

“Poor man’s umbrella.” These could get up to 2 meters big.

church completely made of metal in Grecia

church completely made of metal in Grecia

at the oxcart factory

at the oxcart factory

wheel

art

Paul Bunyan's Oxcart?  Must be the largest oxcart in the world

Paul Bunyan’s Oxcart? Must be the largest oxcart in the world