Enjoy the RAIN FOREST of the Caribbean:
Twenty minutes outside of San Jose you will cross the Continental Divide and enter Braulio Carrillo National Park. After a half hour trip through the park, the bus will reach a 1000 acre private reserve of virgin forest. Open-sided vehicles shuttle passengers from the parking area to the Visitor's Center. The shuttle trip provides an introduction to the forest, as visitors pass a small river and numerous tree snags with nesting holes of various birds - the White Hawk is regularly seen here, as well as the Pale-billed Woodpecker and many others.
After a quick briefing on canopy exploration and the construction of the tram, visitors divide into smaller groups for a 45 to 90 minute (optional) nature walk with a trained naturalist guide. The trails are well-groomed and provide an excellent introduction to the rain forest. Time now to board the Aerial Tram. The Open-sided cable-cars hold 5 passengers and a guide. The guides are quite knowledgeable about flora and fauna. They'll point out orchids and different species of trees and are quick to identify the calls of the many birds that inhabit this unique environment.
The tram ride lasts about an hour and fifteen minutes. The lower, outbound leg of the tram journey takes you skimming over hilltops and in and out of the sub-canopy, a dark world of overburdened tree limbs dripping with mosses, ferns, and orchids. Lianas and vines drape over branches and traverse forest spaces, and act as highways for birds and insects. The ride will stop several times as passengers board at either loading station.
The return leg of the ride reveals the most dramatic portion of the trip as the cars glide on a breath-taking journey through and above the airy canopy.
THE PERFECT LOCATION
San Jose is the best place to start your vacation in Costa Rica because it is in the center of the country so you can easley plan your tours to the national parks, volcans or beaches located in the central valley, the pacific, the atlantic, the north plains or the southern jungles. Grand Hotel Costa Rica is the only hotel in Costa Rica declared as a architectural-historic landmark by the costa rican government. It is located in the heart of the city of San Jose between national monuments, historical landmarks, squares, parks, museums, shops and pedestrian streets. It is vivid during the day but quiet during the night because no streets with vehicles surround the hotel.
MEETINGS & EVENTS
Our accommodations feature 5 event rooms ideal for your meeting or event. With personalized event menus, the assistance of our friendly professional staff and convenient amenities, your event is sure to be memorable. Our hotel offers more than just great amenities. Our professional staff works diligently to ensure that our guests have a pleasant and productive stay. We are happy to arrange your event or simply to answer any questions you might have. In addition to our impeccable service, guests at our hotel enjoy of Free wireless Internet access.