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A busy agricultural town, Turrialba sits at 65 meters above sea level on the Caribbean slope of the Cordillera Central, on the banks of the Turrialba River. With a population of roughly 75,000, many of whom commute to Cartago or San Jose to work, Turrialba is always on the move. In the past an old railroad system passed through Turrialba on its way to the Caribbean side from San José. After an earthquake, the trains stopped and the city rebuilt itself. Today, the outdoor recreation industry (mostly whitewater rafting), along with the real estate opportunities, have added an influx of foreigners to the area, creating more jobs for the locals.

Neighborhoods in Turrialba: Moravia Del Chirripo, Volcan Turrialba,

Other places nearby Turrialba: Orosi and Paraiso.

By Maria Lundgren


10 Oct 2008

Top Places in Turrialba

Volcan Turrialba

An active volcano since the late 1900’s after being dormant for over 100 years, Volcan Turrialba, is still open to the public to visit, while serving as a constant reminder to the local people of ...
City Zone
Volcan Turrialba, Turrialba, Costa Rica

Moravia Del Chirripo

Sitting within the stunning Paquare river valley on the border of the Chirripo Indian Reservation (Reserva Indigena Chirripo), Moravia del Chirripo can be described as a true off the beaten path ...
City Zone
Moravia Del Chirripo, Turrialba, Costa Rica

Things to do in Turrialba

Aquarries waterfall hike

A pristine waterfall along the river Rio Turrialba makes an adventurous daytime activity. Take a taxi from Turrialba, roughly 6km one way. The cab can drop you off, pick you up, and will explain ...
Turrialba, Costa Rica

Farmers market

You can find any tropical fruit or vegetable at this lively market for a cheap price. Located south of town under the row of palm trees, the market is open Friday and Saturday from dawn till dusk. ...
Turrialba, Costa Rica

Tayutic farm tour and hacienda experience

Check out the traditional sugar mill (powered by oxen!), stone wheeled coffee mill and macadamia nut harvest. Set in the mountains, right outside of Turrialba, 4th generation Ortuno family will give ...
Other Activity
Turrialba, Costa Rica

Guayabo National Monument

Experience the ruins of an indigenous community that thrived in the heart of the rainforest from 1000 B.C. to 1400 A.C. The most important archeological resource to Costa Rica, the ruins of Guayabo ...
Turrialba, Costa Rica


The unique draw to Volcan Turrialba is the solitude the second largest active volcano in Costa Rica presents, along with the three craters that sit in the bowl. Volcan Turrialba is presently ...
Volcan Turrialba, Turrialba, Costa Rica
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