San Isidro de El General Tourist Attractions

This town is commonly known as San Isidro and is one of the most important in the southern region of Costa Rica. San Isidro is the commercial center of the cattle ranches, coffee farms and plant nurseries of the surrounding areas. About 40,000 people live in San Isidro and the surrounding districts. San Isidro is the patron saint of farmers and on the saint's feast day (May 15) farmers in the region bring their stock into town to be blessed.
While there are few attractions actually in the city, San Isidro is a transportation hub and acts as a gateway to many interesting activities. San Isidro's public market offers a large array of locally grown fruits and vegetables. The modern and pleasant town offers several options for clean and affordable accommodations, as well as dining options.


The Foundation for the Development of the Quebradas Biological Reserve (FUDEBIOL) was created in 1989 in order to protect the Upper Quebradas River basin. This area provides San Isidro and the surrounding areas with drinking water.
Run by local and foreign volunteers, the center offers visitors and volunteers the experience of a successful conservation initiative in practice. The scenic area offers views of the El General Valley from hiking trails and a butterfly garden.
Address: Box 95-8000, Costa Rica

La Botija Ranch

This recreational area and mountain lodge is a popular weekend destination. Offering vistas of the El General Valley, nature trails lead to a pre-Columbian archaeological site with petroglyphs. There is also a swimming pool and small museum at Rancho La Botija, exhibiting 19th C antiques and implements. Horseback riding on the grounds is popular as well.

Annual Fair

San Isidro's annual fair is held during the first week of February. Horticultural, agricultural, competitions and industrial shows are featured.

Chirripó River

River running trips are available to the Chirripó River, which offers mainly Class IV white water.

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