Aril 03, 2009 Discover San Isidro de El General - Perez Zeledon

While Costa Rican tourism industry tends to focus primarily on the northern regions of country, the southern region of San Isidro de El General in Perez Zeledon, is fast becoming the alternative choice of travelers wanting to escape to, and interact with, the Costa Rican people and their culture.

Winding down the slopes of the Talamanca Mountains on the Cerro de la Muerte you descend to the portal of the southern region - San Isidro de El General. This picturesque community is rich in culture and well worth exploring.

San Isidro de El General is the central valley access point to popular destinations such as Chirripo National Park to the east, warm Pacific beaches of Dominical to the west and the botanical gardens of San Vito to the south. 

San Isidro de El General itself is best experienced on foot. From the central plaza of the town’s largest cathedral, Catedral de San Isidro Labrador, you will find an abundance of unique and diverse cultural, shopping and dinning experiences. 

Rich with sights and smells to tempt you, specifically the aroma of chicken roasting on slow burning coffee roots, fresh baked goods and exotic flowers. The vendors are friendly and inviting, offering a wide range of fresh local produce, flowers, meats, fashion and accessories, household amenities, and much more. Local artisans proudly display their goods and are more than happy to provide you with the history of their people and their country.

A variety of comfortable and affordable accommodations are available in and around the San Isidro de El General area. Everything from quaint bed and breakfasts, hotels, resorts/casinos to spas. For lengthy stays there apartments and vacation rental homes are also accessible at reasonable rates.

With San Isidro de El General as your base camp, you can plan various day trips to the local attractions. Horseback riding through the breath taking hills to grand waterfalls for some cliff diving and swimming, white water rafting, surfing, hiking, reptile farms, and zip lines are all close by.

Those who prefer less strenuous activities can experience the spectacular horticulture in the countless nurseries and botanical gardens, tour bamboo farms, bird watching, spend the day at the natural hot springs or at a local spa for some relaxation and pampering. A leisurely day of traveling south is well worth the time as well. The endless flower, pineapple, coffee and sugar cane plantations are a spectacular site. 

Be sure to include San Isidro de El General, Perez Zeledon in your Costa Rica travel itinerary!